Where is Edward Reitan today?

In 1990, a rancher named Robin Enockson was found dead in his trailer in Driscoll, North Dakota. Despite efforts to get to the bottom of the matter, investigators were unable to find any concrete evidence or a culprit to point the finger at. It would take more than a decade for authorities to uncover the case when the perpetrator decided to admit to his heinous crime. The episode titled ‘Marriage Into Mayhem’ of Investigation Discovery’s ‘Murder in the Heartland’ chronicles Robin’s long-unsolved murder case, as his loved ones and experts share their thoughts on it.

Robin Enockson’s father discovered his lifeless body in his mobile home

Robin Allen Enockson was born in North Dakota in 1956 by Cliff Enockson and his wife. Robin grew up as a cattle rancher and farmer, lived a happy life and apparently had many friends in the community. Later in life he bought a mobile home, where he lived with his wife. It was across the street from his father’s house. All seemed to be going well in the Enockson family until December 20, 1990, when Robin’s lifeless body was discovered in his trailer by his father, Cliff, who could not fathom what he had seen.

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Without any delay, Cliff called 911 and informed the police of the gruesome murder of his 34-year-old son. When authorities arrived at the scene of the crime and inspected Robin’s body, they concluded that he had been dead for more than a day. When the body was sent for an autopsy, the cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds fired from a .22-caliber rifle. Detectives spent time at the crime scene collecting all possible evidence, but were unable to find anything concrete. To assist in the search for information about his unexpected death, the Enockson family offered a $20,000 reward to anyone who helped find clues or evidence. However, the offer was withdrawn when nothing came of it.

Robin Enockson’s killer confessed to his crime after fourteen years

Despite the best efforts of investigators, there was no significant development in Robin Enockson’s murder case for years. So it became a cold case without any trace and evidence, most of which was reportedly lost due to a snowstorm in the area. Although there were a few suspects and persons of interest, including a man named Edward Reitan, none of them were charged because there was not enough evidence against them. After the case remained unsolved for about fourteen years, a huge and unexpected development occurred in the case when the suspect, Edward Reitan, came forward and confessed to his involvement in Robin’s murder in 1990.

On May 20, 2004, Washington native Edward, who was then 51 years old, called the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department from a gas station across the street from the police station and admitted his crime to authorities. Edward lived in North Dakota at the time of Robin’s murder, but at the time of his confession he lived in the Tri-Cities area. On May 20, 2004, around 4:15 a.m., Edward was taken into custody and taken to the station for questioning. He claimed he was living in the basement of Robin’s mother-in-law’s house, and he heard about the heated argument Robin had with his wife.

So on the fateful night of December 1990, Edward went to Robin’s mobile home, woke him up and confronted him about the fight with his wife, which led to an argument between the two. After a while, Robin went back to bed, but Edward’s anger did not calm down. Then, according to the suspect’s claims, he grabbed a gun and shot him several times. Admittedly, he took four guns from the crime scene and fled. After officially confessing to the crime, Edward Reitan was charged with the murder of Robin Enockson and held without bond in the Burleigh County Jail. When detectives dug deeper into Edward’s criminal history, they discovered that it dated back to 1975 and that he had been involved in several convictions, including drink-driving, domestic violence, forgery, theft, escape and drug offences.

In addition, in 1980 he had also been convicted of kidnapping, robbery and gross sexual imposition for kidnapping and raping a waitress from a bar in Marmarth. However, the final piece of the puzzle still remained unsolved as the four weapons Edward used in the murder were still not found. After a few decades, in 2010, some construction workers in Driscoll came across the four guns wrapped in a tarpaulin and reported them to the police. When authorities sent them to crime lab workers, they linked the weapons to the 1990 Robin Enockson case, solving the entire murder case.

Edward Reitan is believed to have escaped from prison

In an effort to negotiate a shorter sentence, Edward Reitan initially pleaded not guilty. But a few months later, in August 2004, he pleaded guilty to shooting Robin Enockson to death in December 1990. After being convicted of the murder, the 52-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison on October 28, 2004. , with the possibility of parole in thirty years. However, his parole eligibility date could be shortened by another 10 years, but only if he behaves well during his time behind bars. From the looks of it, Edward has apparently been released from prison and is living a quiet life away from all the media attention.

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