Deny Edward Cronell Parole

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RE: Edward Cronell
ID#: 210762


On January 23, 1990 Melinda Snyder (22) was raped and murdered by Edward Cronell (23) who was the realtor for the house that Melinda was renting a room in. Melinda had just finished college at Winthrop University and was working as a teacher’s assistant. Cronell broke in the house through the lockbox on the front door. He had shown the house the week before and Melinda was home. In 2016, "Nightmare Next Door" produced an episode covering her case in season 6, episode 1, "The Key to Murder". It can be streamed on Hulu. 

Edward Cronell was convicted of murder and was sentenced to two life terms + 30 years but eligible for parole after 20 years. He will have only served 22 years when he is considered for parole. He was denied parole in 2016 and again in 2018. The law states that he is eligible every two years, continuing to re-traumatize Melinda's family and friends each time.

His next parole hearing is on March 24th, 2021 and Melinda deserves justice and to have her story remembered. Her loss is felt in the community these many years later by her family, friends, former classmates, and neighbors. Cronell's crime reminds us that anyone can be a wolf in sheep's clothing. His occupation as a realtor came with a certain amount of intrinsic trust that he manipulated and used in the most evil of ways. His actions show that safety is a flimsy concept and one that holds no weight in his twisted mind. 

We, the undersigned STRONGLY OPPOSE parole for Edward Cronell. Justice demands he serve the full prison term given to him at the time he was sentenced for this heinous crime.