Michael Vick? Yeah, he's immoral scum.
The Craigslist Cat Killer? Absolutely foul.
But none of them can hold a candle to Sterling Rachwal.
Since at least the 1980s, Rachwal has been sneaking into Wisconsin horse barns and sadistically pleasuring himself. He rapes horses and ponies, then mutilates and kills them. In the 1990s, one of his victims was a pony, found hogtied and draped over a fence post with a broom handle shoved up its rectum. He also raped a pregnant mare, tearing her rectum in the process, then cut off her nipples. He has shoved his fist up the rectums of geldings while masturbating, raped multiple horses in the same barn, and assaulted horses left out to pasture. He carefully plans his attacks. He wears gloves and dark glasses as a disguise, carries tools like flashlights to aid him during his torture of horses at night or in dark barns, and approaches properties when they seem unattended. In addition to raping and killing horses, he's burglarized homes. Some people report that he was an arsonist as a teenager.
Even after being arrested and convicted multiple times for his crimes, he keeps on going after horses.
In 2008, Sterling Rachwal was released from Mendota Mental Institute and almost immediately went after another horse in Fon du Lac. He was thrown back into custody, and they managed to hold him until 2012, when they finally convicted him and gave him 90 days.
Now he's going to get another release hearing THIS Wednesday April 23rd. He WILL re-offend.
If released, he WILL be living in a Wisconsin neighborhood hear you.
Don't let that happen!
Come to the Waupaca County Courthouse on Wed. April 23rd at 2pm and tell the judge HELL NO!
The public IS allowed to be present and voice their concerns!
I apologize for not being as thorough as usual with this blog post-- I wrote it quickly. I'd like to add a few things...
Sterling Rachwal is held in Mendota Mental Institute, not in prison, because he was determined to be criminally insane. What I believe this means is that, if the state believes he will re-offend, he CAN be held longer-- even indefinitely. While criminals are sentenced to specific terms, those who are deemed criminally insane can be held as long as the doctors and state officials believe necessary. I'm basing this on Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 32.1(6), which says in part:
Now, we may be past the point where this decision has been made, but I firmly believe that enough public pressure will cause the judge to re-examine his options.
Attending the hearing at the Waupaca County Courthouse on Wed. April 23rd at 2pm is the best way to exert that pressure. A warm body is always more powerful than a letter or email. However, if you can't make it, here's addresse to write to and phone number to call:
The judge in this case, based on the last court records:
Honorable Judge Gary Sharpe
City County Government Center
160 S. Macy Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
I have heard that there will be a new judge for the hearing, which makes sense if the hearing is taking place in Waupaca County. I will keep you posted when I figure it out-- and any help is greatly appreciated!
EDIT: One commentor has suggested writing to the following judge, though he/she did not state whether this was going to be the judge at the hearing:
Judge Keith A Steckbauer
811 Harding St
Waupaca WI 54981
In the comments section, someone questioned the truth of this Sterling Rachwal's crimes. I can assure you that they and he are REAL horrors. I have included some articles and a video below, and you can click them to see them full size. You can also visit this news video, and Fon du Lac newspaper online article.