The parents of a woman who was raped and murdered near the WTOP broadcast station have sued the District of Columbia for $6.2 million damages, charges the government with gross negligence in the operation of a halfway house in which the convicted killer resided.
William C. Rindgo, 39, was convicted in March of murder, rape, robbery and escaping from prison in connection with the January, 1974, slaying of Barbara Meyersburg, a 28-year-old Pan American ticket clerk.
Rindgo was given sentences ranging from a minimum of 31 years and 8 months to life in prison.
The suit filed in D.C. Superior Court Friday, names 24 codefendants, including Rindgo, an alledged accomplice who was granted immunity to testify, two officials of the Department of Corrections, the Bureua of Rehabilitation and 19 employees of the two agencies.
Rindgo had been transferred to the halfway house at 2650 Firth Sterling Ave. SE less than two months before the slaying while he was awaiting tril on two assault cases, the suit charged. He had previous convictions for assault and other crimes and was on parole until 1979.
The suit charges that halfway house employees did not supervise and control Rindgo when he "failed to adhere to the halfway house rules and regulations, had an erratic work record, fought with other residents and exhibited alcoholic tendicies and conduct."
The suit charges the D.C. government "should have known (the halfway house) was being operated in such incompetent, inappropriate and reckless manner that it involved an unreasonable risk of harm to others."
In another case, the U.S. Couret of Appeals Monday affirmed a U.S. District Court award of $100,000 in damages from the D.C. government to parents of Rebecca Rieser, 26, who was raped and murdered in September, 1972, by a paroled rapist and murderer who was hired to work at her apartment complex as a janitor.