Dundee murder-suicide: New details emerge of husband's abuse
In mid-June, Randall Engels told a co-worker he wanted a gun for "protection" and bought a revolver from a dealer in Woodburn.
He asked the co-worker to teach him how to use the .357 Magnum. The co-worker was willing, but never did.
Three weeks later, Engels was dead, using the gun to kill his wife, two children and himself at his home in Dundee on July Fourth.
On Thursday, Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry released details of a monthlong investigation into the murder-suicide. The investigation shows Engels exhibited a pattern of controlling behavior before and after his wife, Amy, filed for divorce in late May.
Randall Engels had texted his wife posing as a fake friend named "Brian." The friend encouraged Amy Engels to meet with her husband to work out their marital problems.
At one point, Amy Engels asked "Brian" if he knew her husband. "Brian" told her he didn't and changed the subject, according to the report.
On July 3, Amy Engels texted "Brian," saying she wouldn't go back to her husband. She also told "Brian" that her children feared her husband, the police report and court records indicated.
The same day, Amy Engels told her husband in person during a lunch meeting she was going through with the divorce, police said.
A day later, a friend of hers saw a post on Randall Engels' page that said: "If she's gone I can't go on."
He also posted a photo that, investigators said, appeared to show his wife dead at the scene.
Friends contacted authorities and police found all four members of the family dead with gunshot wounds.
Police also found the words that Engels had posted on his Facebook page on a white board in the house.
That day, he was supposed to take the children, Bailey, 13, and Jackson, 11, to the St. Paul Rodeo, but convinced his wife to come with them. Since April 23, Amy Engels and the children had been living at her parents' home in Newberg.
She and the children arrived at the Dundee house between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Detectives concluded they were sitting at the dining room table, set with food, when they were shot.