Berlinghoff Dead in Apparent Jailhouse Hanging

On Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 12:12 am a correctional officer with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office was conducting the hourly checks of inmates at the Shasta County Jail. The correctional officer found Charles David Berlinghoff, 45 years old, had hung himself in his locked cell utilizing a bed sheet. Berlinghoff was the only person in the locked cell at the time of the incident. The correctional officer called for assistance and immediately began first aid measures. Jail correctional officers and medical staff continued first aid until an ambulance arrived.

Berlinghoff was transported to a Redding hospital by ambulance and was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

The Shasta County Multi-Agency Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol was initiated to investigate the incident. The Redding Police Department was identified as the lead agency.

Investigators interviewed twenty-nine inmates who had contact with Berlinghoff over the past few days. The interviews determined Berlinghoff had been depressed over his current court case. Berlinghoff had been in custody since December 16, 2010 and was facing 87 felony counts, including unlawful detention of a minor, incest, and lewd acts with a minor. He was scheduled to begin trial on January 10, 2011 and faced 40 years in prison if convicted.

Please refer all questions regarding this incident to the Redding Police Department.

-from press release
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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Budd Hodges says:

    This is very sad ending to a bizarre case of a brother taking his niece on a long trip for sex being arrested at their last stopping place, San Francisco. His brother now faces charges aledged by his daughter and goes to trial in the near future.

    May God bless Charles's twisted, troubled soul

  2. Avatar gamerjohn says:

    Must be a relief for the niece to avoid one set of trial testimony. Just her Dad's left. Since the state is broke I guess saving the money on the trial and the defense costs helps the rest of us. Given the claims it was fairly clear he would not be walking free any time soon.

  3. Avatar Budd Hodges says:

    One point that's never been reported is did the person who just happened to spot them in San Francisco and turned them in get the Secret Wittness reward? In all the many stories I've read, nothing has been mentioned in this twisted tale of a family gone awry.

    I also, like many I've talked to, don't belive the teen daughter's account of what happen between her and her father,Jacob. All of these allegations wiil be sorted out by a jury of their peers.

    • Avatar gamerjohn says:

      I know Jake and I know how hard he fought for visitation and then custody of his kids. The allegations against him were brought so late in the time line and only after the running away.

  4. Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyde says:

    What a tragic story. That gal loved this man. She went willingly. If I'm not mistaken charges were dropped against the father because the charges were, as often is the case these days, made up out of thin air and bad advice on the internet about how to get rid of a father or step-father.