G'burg man charged with killing wife

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After shooting his wife in the head and chest late Thursday night, police say, an Adams County man walked into the state police barracks in Gettysburg, where he turned over two spent shotgun shells and told a ...

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Oct 30, 2007
 
October 29, 2007

To the Court and Todd Rynard

We write this letter as a family, stronger as a result of what you did and rejoicing in the conclusion of this legal proceeding secure in the knowledge that you will never enjoy the simple freedoms that we will enjoy for the rest of your unnatural life. Through much soul searching and many hours spent at happy hour around our new bar which we have lovingly named Gwen's Place we have come to terms with the ramifications of your heinous and cowardly actions and we are at peace with the fact that Gwen is now receiving the justice that she deserves. We want you to know that without any doubt we miss Gwen very much but at no time have we ever felt victimized by your actions and on the contrary we feel somewhat vindicated in our previous attitudes towards you as you have proven that our initial perceptions of you were accurate. Gwen was so concerned with this family accepting you and yet we all knew to the very core of our beings the type of evil that existed and still exists in your heart. We all saw what Gwen could not see because of her loyal love for you. When you murdered Gwen you killed the only person who saw something in you worth caring about. Her trust in you cost her dearly with her life and we hope you dwell on that for the rest of your life. We could not convince her that we could tell that every word out of your mouth was a lie. It was easy to tell this because your lips were moving. So you see Todd you proved this entire family was right to be wary of you and not trust you. You proved that our perceptions and distrust of you were well founded.

We know that you will have considerable time to reflect on all of the failures in your life which began with your parents inability to instill in you the merest shred of common decency and compassion. The failure to raise you morally with any sense of right or wrong began the decent into hell that you will surely know both now and when your miserable life comes to its conclusion. Oh we are sure that in prison you will find Jesus and find God and become born again but we know that you will always have a black heart. Your soul is beyond redemption. Another shortcoming of yours is the unabashed bigotry which you have repeatedly displayed with regards to any person of color be they Black, Hispanic, Asian or otherwise. Your fellow inmates will surely recognize this flaw in your persona and it saddens us to know that we will not be witness to your first "indoctrination" into "jail house justice". In prison you will find that with the exception of child molesters, you are on the bottom rung of the Scum ladder and will probably never want for "companionship" among your more "colorful" prison brethren.
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Oct 30, 2007
 
continued:

With regards to respect, We are curious if you have been receiving any "respect" during your incarceration? Respect for those of us with an intellect high enough to actually comprehend the meaning of the word can never be solicited at the point of a gun or the mention of a threat. It is always earned by a persons actions and the manner in which they conduct themselves around their fellow human beings. We are curious as well if you felt respected by anyone in this family prior to your murderous conduct. So that it does not keep you awake at night wondering, let us just assure you that we as a family never respected you but our wariness of you has been replaced with utter contempt and loathing for you and what you have done to a truly beautiful person. To be clear on one thing, you did not just kill your wife, you killed someone's Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend and one of the most caring and compassionate people your sorry self would ever know. We could not help but notice that all of your confrontations were with the female members of the family. We don't recall that you were ever confrontational with any of the male members of this family. Now we know why. Cowards are the first to cry about getting no respect.

We have had many discussions with regards to the impact that your murder of Gwen has had on your family, yes we said your family! Your father broke down uncontrollably in tears when we were at the house collecting some of Gwens personal belongings and he was there getting your stuff. It would appear that your actions have had a devastating affect on your family. Your dog has been taken to a loving home and he appears to be much happier now. As for your parents I hope the heartache of knowing that they have raised and are responsible for inflicting a monster like you onto society stays with them for the rest of their lives. The stigma of having all of their friends and neighbors know what you did and having to face them in public will surely contribute to their continued suffering at your hands. I wonder how long it will take for them to just stop visiting or writing in an attempt to lesson the impact of the memory that is the evil that they have wrought. Bigotry and hatred are not inherited. This family knows EXACTLY from whence your evil nature came and the hate filled bigots that are your family deserve the suffering that they will surely endure. These beliefs are not hereditary but are instilled in us by our parents. Good Job Mr, and Mrs. Rynard Good Job.


We sit together this afternoon as a family writing this letter. There is still laughter and caring and love for one another we have talked about our plans for the upcoming holidays. Thanksgiving this year is going to be great, we have friends from out of town and a big celebration planned. We will consume considerable amounts of savory and delectable food and cold beer and sit around the bar at Gwens place and laugh, joke and reminisce about all of the great times shared at holidays past while enjoying Holidays with our loved ones gathered around us. We will eat way too much turkey and dressing and fall asleep watching football. We will wake up just in time for Pumpkin Pie and Coffee. Christmas will be more of the same with more friends and family celebrating the life that was Gwens. As you can see life goes on and while we miss Gwen, we are not saddened as we can only remember all of the good times and the joy that she brought into our lives.
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Oct 30, 2007
 
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We are grateful that your limited time with Gwen did not change the person that she was no matter how hard you tried. In the end when it became clear that you could not change her and she realized the true nature of the beast she asked you to leave and you killed her. An act of cowardice that will haunt you for the rest of your insignificant, miserable and God forsaken life. Unlike you this family continues to celebrate Gwens life and cherish the memories of a sweet and loving woman. You have to suffer your decision. We will take no part in that suffering which means that in the end the only life ruined by your actions is your own. We were asked to write a victims statement but the only victim was Gwen so the family writes this letter on her behalf. The rest of the family is stronger now and we grieve no more because Gwen asked us not to. You take life and we celebrate life. We win and you lose!

We will rejoice in the loss of your freedom and liberty and we will celebrate annually the anniversary of your final incarceration in the State penitentiary and we look forward to the day that we are notified of your passing as it will herald your final journey into hell which you so richly deserve.

We are also requesting of the Judge that no privileges beyond the basic needs of food and shelter are extended to you. You have deprived Gwen of her life and future and we expect no less for you in return.

Enjoy the rest of your life. We will!

Sincerely

Angel
Vilo (Granny)
Shelley - Robbie
Lorrie - Fran
Joanie - Bruce
Linda - Norm
Brian - Erin - Aimee - Robert (Boo)- Joe - Kelli - Kyle - Patrick - Ciccio - Rusty - Layal

Gwen sent me message

Angel my loving daughter
My loving Mom
My lovely family and friends
I am safe Dad met me at the gates
I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when the day is done
I'd like to leave an echo ... Whispering softly down

The ways of happy time
And Laughing times
And bright and sunny days
I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of
Happy memories that I leave behind when the day is done.

I love you Gwen...

March 17, 1962 - September 21, 2006

Spoken from my heart with much love Rob.
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#187
Oct 30, 2007
 
To the Court and Todd Rynard

We write this letter as a family, stronger as a result of what you did and rejoicing in the conclusion of this legal proceeding secure in the knowledge that you will never enjoy the simple freedoms that we will enjoy for the rest of your unnatural life. Through much soul searching and many hours spent at happy hour around our new bar which we have lovingly named Gwen's Place we have come to terms with the ramifications of your heinous and cowardly actions and we are at peace with the fact that Gwen is now receiving the justice that she deserves. We want you to know that without any doubt we miss Gwen very much but at no time have we ever felt victimized by your actions and on the contrary we feel somewhat vindicated in our previous attitudes towards you as you have proven that our initial perceptions of you were accurate. Gwen was so concerned with this family accepting you and yet we all knew to the very core of our beings the type of evil that existed and still exists in your heart. We all saw what Gwen could not see because of her loyal love for you. When you murdered Gwen you killed the only person who saw something in you worth caring about. Her trust in you cost her dearly with her life and we hope you dwell on that for the rest of your life. We could not convince her that we could tell that every word out of your mouth was a lie. It was easy to tell this because your lips were moving. So you see Todd you proved this entire family was right to be wary of you and not trust you. You proved that our perceptions and distrust of you were well founded.

We know that you will have considerable time to reflect on all of the failures in your life which began with your parents inability to instill in you the merest shred of common decency and compassion. The failure to raise you morally with any sense of right or wrong began the decent into hell that you will surely know both now and when your miserable life comes to its conclusion. Oh we are sure that in prison you will find Jesus and find God and become born again but we know that you will always have a black heart. Your soul is beyond redemption. Another shortcoming of yours is the unabashed bigotry which you have repeatedly displayed with regards to any person of color be they Black, Hispanic, Asian or otherwise. Your fellow inmates will surely recognize this flaw in your persona and it saddens us to know that we will not be witness to your first "indoctrination" into "jail house justice". In prison you will find that with the exception of child molesters, you are on the bottom rung of the Scum ladder and will probably never want for "companionship" among your more "colorful" prison brethren.
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We are grateful that your limited time with Gwen did not change the person that she was no matter how hard you tried. In the end when it became clear that you could not change her and she realized the true nature of the beast she asked you to leave and you killed her. An act of cowardice that will haunt you for the rest of your insignificant, miserable and God forsaken life. Unlike you this family continues to celebrate Gwens life and cherish the memories of a sweet and loving woman. You have to suffer your decision. We will take no part in that suffering which means that in the end the only life ruined by your actions is your own. We were asked to write a victims statement but the only victim was Gwen so the family writes this letter on her behalf. The rest of the family is stronger now and we grieve no more because Gwen asked us not to. You take life and we celebrate life. We win and you lose!

We will rejoice in the loss of your freedom and liberty and we will celebrate annually the anniversary of your final incarceration in the State penitentiary and we look forward to the day that we are notified of your passing as it will herald your final journey into hell which you so richly deserve.

We are also requesting of the Judge that no privileges beyond the basic needs of food and shelter are extended to you. You have deprived Gwen of her life and future and we expect no less for you in return.

Enjoy the rest of your life. We will!
Justice FINALLY

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#189
Oct 30, 2007
 
That is absolutely an amazing letter!! You made it perfectly clear and without giving him any satisfaction. Your family is in my heart and has been since the day I talked to Gwen's sister. Love you all!!
Michelle
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#190
Mar 5, 2008
 
michelle you sound very hateful and vengeful. Anger brings out the worst in people. You sound like you are and angry person in general. I have know Todds family all my life. The family is one of the most caring and wonderful familys I know. They would do anything for anyone. I have personaly witnessed this. The whole Rynard family is this way, hard working and generous.

If you had a bad experience Todd and his family that is unfortunate. Talking shit about his family after this shows the kind of person you are and that you might have been a huge part of the problem!!!!!

Anyway what Todd did wasnt right, but there are alot of others out there who do worse things who are still walking and talking around this world.
To wish death on one of gods creatures is just wrong.

If this makes my a sub human, then i can only imagine what your blog makes you!!!!!!!!!!1

God Bless All
Gwens Sister

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#191
Mar 8, 2008
 
Dear Friend of Rynard

What is worse than taking a life. Todd had a choice when he killed my sister. We heard he is now DEAD. God has answered our family's prayers. May he rott in hell.
This has been a nightmare for both familys. Maybe now we can all move on. BUT WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!

friend of rynard wrote:
michelle you sound very hateful and vengeful. Anger brings out the worst in people. You sound like you are and angry person in general. I have know Todds family all my life. The family is one of the most caring and wonderful familys I know. They would do anything for anyone. I have personaly witnessed this. The whole Rynard family is this way, hard working and generous.
If you had a bad experience Todd and his family that is unfortunate. Talking shit about his family after this shows the kind of person you are and that you might have been a huge part of the problem!!!!!
Anyway what Todd did wasnt right, but there are alot of others out there who do worse things who are still walking and talking around this world.
To wish death on one of gods creatures is just wrong.
If this makes my a sub human, then i can only imagine what your blog makes you!!!!!!!!!!1
God Bless All
Gwens Loving Bro in Law

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#192
Mar 8, 2008
 
And so it ends...

Todd m ichael Rynard commited suicide by hanging in prison this past week. He went out the cowards way and in doing so possibly confirmed his reservation for eternity in a warmer climate. To Todd and his hell spawned family I can say firstly that I now forgive his actions and pray for his lost soul and secondly maybe his family can now feel the loss that we endured over his callous murder of my sweet sister Gwen.
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Mar 8, 2008
 
Thank you and I have emailed you personally after I got your email.

First, let me say this, I was not the first women Todd has beat or has done things to. Angry, hell yes, when you walk a day in my shoes as I did with him and the things he did, the things he tried to do and what he said about my son who was an innoncent 3 year old, then try to tell me that you would not be an angry person. If it was your sister that was murdered by the hands of this devil, then tell us you would not be angry.

I find it interesting that you attack the "victims" of Todd. Yet, you were not in their shoes. If it was your sister, your mother, your child, yourself, your best friend, I can guarantee that you would be angry. It is so easy to blame others when you can't admit the truth. As you can see, the true "evil" person has gone to the devil where he belongs.

Crime, it continues because people like you want to blame everyone else saying "They made him do it", "they did this or that", yet, ENABLING things like this to continue. You are the reason people commit crimes because you want to protect the guilty and blame the innocent ones.

Which is fine, I know that I have done wrong in life but never broke a law, admitted my faults and I can look in the mirror everyday knowing that I will be accepted into heaven!!
Gwens Sister wrote:
Dear Friend of Rynard
What is worse than taking a life. Todd had a choice when he killed my sister. We heard he is now DEAD. God has answered our family's prayers. May he rott in hell.
This has been a nightmare for both familys. Maybe now we can all move on. BUT WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!
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#194
Mar 8, 2008
 
The original word that is translated as forgiveness really means "self-release." It has nothing to do with the other person, it is releasing the poison that is in you. Unforgiveness is like drinking a poison and hoping the other person will die. Unforgiveness is self-abuse. Forgiveness is something you give to yourself not to the other person. That other person no longer deserves your attention, or for you to dwell on them. When we dwell on them we are actually giving that person power over us in mind.

I do know that Gwen would want us all to be good to ourselves in this way, so that you can fully live without any repressed pain.

It's over. HEAL!!!!
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Mar 16, 2008
 
To all of Gwen's family and loved ones,
I knew Gwen from working with her at Headlines now known as Thomas Scott Salon, she was such a good friend to me she helped me when I needed a real friend not a friend who would stab you in the back. She was so tired of being alone and being treated like shit she just wanted to be happy and then this jackass came along and swooped her off of her feet and then killed her. What a jackass. I just found out today that he hung himself, thank God. Now we, tax paying citizens don't have to fund another worthless piece of shit. Anyone who takes their own life is a coward and not worthy of being sent to heaven. He only hung himself to make the pain of the everyday aftermath try and go away but in reality he just took the easy was out. If he was really sorry he would have taken the responsibility to serve his sentence. But atleast the family can sleep at night knowing this bastard can't hurt anyone else now. To those who didn't know Gwen you missed out on a great person, she was a great mother, daughter, sister, friend and most of all my best friend at work who could always make me feel better and always knew what to say when I was down. She wasn't fake, she wore her heart on her sleeve for everyone to see and I will never ever forget her!! I think of her everyday and every day that I see a 1968 Chevelle for she loved cars and all the things that I do. I have a painting that she had painted for my wedding day and I cherish it for she loved to paint and it was her way of expressing her love of nature. To all the family please know that you all are in my prayers and thoughts and if you need anything please let me know and to Gwens daughhter I know you would be making your mom proud. Just remember she is watching of you.
Heidi
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Mar 17, 2008
 
Dear Heidi,
Thank you for sharing with us what your memories of Gwen, We just sat at my bar (Gwens Place) and toasted to her Birthday and to St Patricks Day and we finished with a toast to God Almighty who has lifted this burden of pain from our hearts so that we can progress through to our sorrow and at last celebrate the life that was Gwen McLaughln. Speaking for myself I have found it in my heart to finally begin the process of forgiveness but I still strugled with the knowledge of knowing that somewhere down the road that he might see the light of freedom and while I would never pray to God to take a human life I truly believe that the prayers to God to help relieve some of the familly's pain were answered and everyone is now so much more at peace. Tonight as we lifted our glasses in celebration of Gwens birthday for the first time in two years there were no tears...Only joy and laughter at the many shinnanigans and tremendous enjoyment which we had the privelege of sharing with my dear sister in law. God bless you and yours for your kind words and I hope that with all of the angst and pain that has been shared on this blog that the future holds nothing but kind comments and rememberances of a most outstanding human being and that we move forward in life with many cherished memories joy and fewer sorrowful memories. In Todds act of cowardice was the merciful release of the family from pain so for once in his life he has done some good. I hear the pain in your words and I hope that my words will guide you towards the peace that we now find and that the negative feeling which you rightfulkly harbor give way to thoughts of peace and joy in the rememberance of Gwen
Kindest Regards
Morm
Heidi coworker Frederick wrote:
To all of Gwen's family and loved ones,
I knew Gwen from working with her at Headlines now known as Thomas Scott Salon, she was such a good friend to me she helped me when I needed a real friend not a friend who would stab you in the back. She was so tired of being alone and being treated like shit she just wanted to be happy and then this jackass came along and swooped her off of her feet and then killed her. What a jackass. I just found out today that he hung himself, thank God. Now we, tax paying citizens don't have to fund another worthless piece of shit. Anyone who takes their own life is a coward and not worthy of being sent to heaven. He only hung himself to make the pain of the everyday aftermath try and go away but in reality he just took the easy was out. If he was really sorry he would have taken the responsibility to serve his sentence. But atleast the family can sleep at night knowing this bastard can't hurt anyone else now. To those who didn't know Gwen you missed out on a great person, she was a great mother, daughter, sister, friend and most of all my best friend at work who could always make me feel better and always knew what to say when I was down. She wasn't fake, she wore her heart on her sleeve for everyone to see and I will never ever forget her!! I think of her everyday and every day that I see a 1968 Chevelle for she loved cars and all the things that I do. I have a painting that she had painted for my wedding day and I cherish it for she loved to paint and it was her way of expressing her love of nature. To all the family please know that you all are in my prayers and thoughts and if you need anything please let me know and to Gwens daughhter I know you would be making your mom proud. Just remember she is watching of you.
Heidi
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TO: you are all so very dumb--you DUMBASS!! Go piss on his grave there in CARLISLE for me.
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you are all so very dumb wrote:
I don't care who's side you're on... none of you 'people'can spell, nor can you even punctuate correctly. Idiots.
yeah yuz guyz r sow dumbz cuz yu aint got no brainz in yur heed

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What is your problem with Gettysburg?

You have gone back over five years to find a domestic dispute and are not trying to turn it into a gang incident.

A DOMESTIC DISPUTE, that tragically ended in a death. It is regretful that this happened FIVE years ago, but it was a DOMESTIC DISPUTE not gang activity.

Grow up Sofa Boy and go back to the playground and see if the big boys will let you play.
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11th Pennsylvania wrote:
What is your problem with Gettysburg?
You have gone back over five years to find a domestic dispute and are not trying to turn it into a gang incident.
A DOMESTIC DISPUTE, that tragically ended in a death. It is regretful that this happened FIVE years ago, but it was a DOMESTIC DISPUTE not gang activity.
Grow up Sofa Boy and go back to the playground and see if the big boys will let you play.
Could it be HOW the locals of Gettysburg act? Naw, couldn't be, could it?

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<quoted text>Could it be HOW the locals of Gettysburg act? Naw, couldn't be, could it?
Could it be something that regretfully happens in any community? I'll bet you have domestic violence in your community.

It isn't right and the individuals who do it should be prosecuted, but it happens everyplace.

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