FACEBOOK Group "The First Degree Murder of Elvina
Reproduced here in chronological order.
This is a presentation of facts about the first degree murder of Alvina
(Elvina) Roloff nee Kanenwisher on February 7, 2001 in the home of her
adopted daughter in Battle Ground, Washington.
Definition: Buffaloed --
stunned, puzzled stumped, overwhelmed, confounded, bewildered...
The Health Care Directive shown below by the adopted daughter of Elvina
Roloff buffaloed my son, Michael Roloff, to not take a more active role
regarding the medical decisions of his Grandmother, Elvina (Alvina)
Roloff. He could not imagine the depth of the evil intentions of the
adopted daughter's intentions. Neither did I. The Health Care
Directive was not activated because it required TWO DOCTORS to state
that Elvina Roloff had a short time to live under the condition of
treatment. Not ONE doctor made such a written statement.
This Health Care Directive was NOT in the Hospital records for Elvina
Roloff and it was NOT in the records for the Southwest Hospice Care,
which supervised the care of Elvina Roloff after discharge from the
Discharge Notes from the hospital to the Hospice noted two times that
Elvina Roloff was incorrectly categorized DNR (Do Not Resuscitate).
was provided by the adopted daughter of Elvina Roloff, and it was not
verified by the hospice organization.
This incorrect DNR status was later provided to the adopted daughter's
daughter, Johanna, when she offered to do CPR on Elvina Roloff in the
home of the adopted daughter.
Elvina Roloff became mysteriously confused after her operation in the
hospital, after a telephone call from Dr. Y. Chen, which Elvina Roloff
agreed to talk to her about her medical condition, and the adopted
daughter prevented her from talking to her.
Understand that it was necessary for Elvina Roloff to be confused so
that the adopted daughter had exclusive control over Elvina Roloff's
medical decisions. She could prevent the doctors from running tox
screens on her blood to try to identify the reason(s) for her
confusion. The adopted daughter was a regular user of of illegal drugs,
and would know what to give to her to cause confusion.
January 23, 2001
January 23, 2001 Elvina Roloff was admited to SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
MEDICAL CENTER in Vancouver, Washington by Edward J. Sale, M.D.
The same day Brian Harwood, M.D. performed a
Thoracentesis operation on her.
Her adopted daughter INSTRUCTED my son, Michael, not to inform me of
these two things.
He did not tell me for three days. The reason is not clear.
Speculation -- the adopted daughter feared that I would repeat what I
and my then M.D. wife did regarding my father who was in
SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON MEDICAL CENER in 1989. We persuaded my mother to
transfer my father to a facility with better doctors and better
equipment. At that time my wife, Dr. Yuhchyau Chen, was working at the
University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. I
was also living in Seattle at that time.
The adopted daughter was furious and criticized me for this. The reason
for this is not clear except it appeared that she wanted to be in
complete control over my mother or she didn't want to waste her
inheritance on medical care for my father.
Later my father lost consciousness due to brain cancer and was
transfered to a Hospice Care facility near their home in Ilwaco,
Washington. He finally died on September 9, 1989.
Unfortunately my mother was alone at their cranberry farm at Ilwaco,
Washington, and didn't know how to do anything regarding the farm.
The adopted daughter used the opportunity to work on my mother's
emotions. She and her husband were living in Vancouver, Washington at
that time, so it was about a five-hour round trip to visit my mother
every weekend. It was about an eleven-hour round trip for me from
Seattle. My mother had a quarter of a million dollars net in assets,
but didn't know it, and she could have hired many workers to help her
with the farm. The adopted daughter and her husband started persuading
my mother to buy land near Battle Ground and build a house for the
three of them.
The adopted daughter made a unilateral decision (without my input) to
NOT seek treatments or therapies for my mother and NOT put her in a
professional hospice care facility staffed by registered nurses.
Why did she not want the BEST possible care for my mother? It would
reduce her payments as beneficiary of three annuities.
January 23, 2001
The initial assessment of Alvina M. Roloff by Brian P. Harwood, M.D. on
January 23, 2001 shows that she is able to answer questions normally.
She was not confused.
See two pages of the report in the comments.
January 26, 2001
The minor surgery performed January 26, 2001 on Alvina M. Roloff by
James P. Scarborough, M.D., while she was in her bed in her hospital
room did not mention that she was confused.
January 28, 2001
January 28, 2001 07:30 AM Alvina M. Roloff reports "no complaints. no
pain." Does not appear confused. This is from the hospital medical
January 30, 2001
January 30, 2001 Alvina M. Roloff appears confused per Dr. Smith. He
orders stopping of Vicoden (narcotic) and use of tylenol. "Will Hold
narcotic analgesics for now." This is from her medical records.
January 31, 2001
On January 31, 2001 Alvina Roloff underwent a
neurologic exam by Paul L. Jacobsen, M.D.
Page 1 of report states "The patient has been given Vicodin, but on the
fifth hospital day, January 28, she was noted to have an episode of
Confusion was again noted in the chart on January 30. Vicodin was
discontinued, but despite that she is still confused today.
No other source of confusion is identified."
(My note: The doctors did not do a blood analysis for possible causes
Page 2 of report states "For the most part she claims to be feeling
reasonably well." and
"She appeared to be sleepy when she came into the room." and
"Ms. Roloff appeared to be sleeping, roused to voice, and has a curious
encephalopathic mental status."
(My Note: Encephalopathy means an altered mental state. It can be
caused by drugs. She is 'stoned'.)
"She will respond to questions, but she does so exceedingly slowly or
not at all sometimes. When she does respond, she responds with one or
two-word answers typically.
For the most part, these are appropriate and she is smiling some of the
time. At other times she appears to drift off back to sleep. When asked
to do simple requests,
she doesn't seem to respond appropriately. For example, I asked her to
look at me and the eyes would stare straight ahead.
When I asked her if she knew where she was, she would not her head but
When I suggested that she might be home, she said 'yes'.
I asked her the date and she did not answer.
When asked the year she said 2000, after quite a pause.
When I asked her whether it was summer or winder, she said 'summer'.
She doesn't appear to be hallucinating. Her affect is, I think full.
(My note: Affect is an immediately expressed and observed emotion.)
Her mood is difficult to categorize but is not clearly abnormal.
She is not anxious. She is not vigilant.
Speech: Clear, what little there is of it; it is frequently
inappropriate and she does not speak in complete sentences.
(My note: she is really 'stoned'.)
Page 4 of report states "It does not appear that patient needs narcotic
medications at this time..."
Page 5 is only signature and cc:.
On January 31, 2001 Paul L. Jacobsen, M.D. wrote in her medical records
"Keep off pain meds if possible." and "Discussed with daughter who
(My interpretation: Listen daughter, stop the narcotics.)
On January 31, 2001 Dr. Smith wrote "more lucid
today -- fair amount of pain/discomfor @ C.T. site. Kept under
reasonably good control with NSAID's / Tylenol. No Nausea. eating OK.
exam stable except more conversational."
On January 31, 2001, Dr. Smith wrote "more lucid today -- fair amount
of pain/discomfor @ C.T. site. Kept under reasonably good control with
NSAID's / Tylenol. No Nausea. eating OK. exam stable except more
February 1, 2001
On February 1, 2001 I (Gene Roloff, biological son of Elvina Roloff)
talked on the phone to my mother in the hospital. I was in Texas at the
time. I asked her if Dr. Chen could talk with her and her doctor about
her condition. She said "Yes".
I phoned Dr. Chen (my ex-wife) who was head of the Department of
Radiology Oncology and Research at the University of Rochester,
Rochester, New York.
She is an expert in lung and head and neck cancers.
She has an extensive history in clinical and translational research,
with a focus on radiosensitization, radiation biomarkers and radiation
effects on normal tissue.
She pioneered the schedule-dependent, pulsed paclitaxel
radiosensitizing chemoradiation treatment, a lower toxicity option for
inoperable lung cancer and was the first to discover the inflammatory
cytokines Interleukin 6 and Interleukin, cell-signaling protein
molecules, as indicators of radiation lung injury in post-treatment
Later I talked on the phone with Dr. Chen. She told me that Elvina's
adopted daughter answered her phone in her room at the hospital, and
she told her that she didn't need her consultation, and she refused to
give the name of her primary doctor at the hospital.
Since I was in Texas it was difficult for me to do anything. I was
planning to go to see my mother soon, at which time I would ensure the
consultation with Dr. Chen would happen. This would not have cost my
mother any money as this was considered a family courtesy.
Later that same day the adopted daughter, in a threatening tone, told
my son, Mike, not to tell me the name of Elvina's primary doctor at the
hospital. He told me in spite of her warning.
Why did the adopted daughter NOT want the BEST possible medical care
and possible treatment for Elvina Roloff? Was it because treatment
would drain her $120,000 savings which the adopted daughter expected to
receive after the death of Elvina Roloff?
February 1, 2001 9:29
February 1, 2001 9:29 PM I received a FAX from my son, Michael Roloff,
2 pages. After that I talked to him on the phone. He said that the
adopted daughter instructed him to fax this document to me and to tell
me to keep out of my mother's medical care decisions. We did not know
at the time that the CONDITION for this HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE had not
been met. I found out later after she had been murdered, only three
days after release from the hospital. I would have found out that the
condition had not been met after talking with her doctors.
February 3, 2001
Elvina Roloff was discharged from Southwest Washington Medical Center.
Dr. Smith advises an appointment in 2 to 3 weeks.
February 3, 2001 1:30
Elvina Roloff was admitted to Hospice SW (a subsidiary of Southwest
Washington Medical Center). "Admitted" is not the correct word. Hospice
SW would only advise the adopted daughter in the care of Elvina Roloff,
and once a day do an evaluation of Elvina Roloff at her adopted
daughter's home. Except on the day that Elvina Roloff died the adopted
daughter refused to let the Hospice SW nurse see Elvina Roloff. Hospice
SW should have immediately cancelled their contract of supervising the
care of Elvina Roloff, but they did not.
February 3, 2001
On February 3, 2001 Krystal Ashling, MSW, wrote about Elvina Roloff
"Patient is DNR (Do Not Resuscitate). (Information apparently provided
by the adopted daughter.) (No record of Elvina Roloff's HEALTH CARE
DIRECTIVE can be found in her medical records. DNR was not mentioned in
any doctors' progress notes or consultations.) Also the "Informed
Consent obtained from" lists the Dtr as POA. She did not have POA
(Power of Attorney). Nobody checked this.
February 3, 2001
On February 3, 2001 Sherilyn Brown, MSW, wrote about Elvina Roloff
"some confusion, but sometimes in present". Pain was not reported as an
Also she wrongly accepts the adopted daughter as POA (Power of
Attorney) without obtaining the legal document for POA.
February 3, 2001
On February 3, 2001 Krystal Ashling, MSW, wrote about Elvina Roloff
"Symptoms and Current Treatments: Anxiety -- lorzepem; Resp -- O2,
inhalers". (Note: Pain was NOT listed as a symptom and Roxanol was NOT
listed as a treatment.)
February 4, 2001
On or about Feb 4, 2001, the adopted daughter was told that I will
arrive in Portland on Feb 10, 2001. This must have created a panic for
the adopted daughter because I would discover the fraudulent claim that
she had POA (power of attorney) concerning the medical care of my
mother. I would also discover the manipulation of three annuities that
listed me as the beneficiary, the $10,000 check that she wrote to
herself forging my mother's signature, and other anomalies. She knew
that I would take action to improve my mother's health care, and
possibly seek additional medical opinions.
February 4, 2001
On February 4, 2001, M. Cassidy, RN, wrote about telephone call from
the adopted daughter, home caregiver for Elvina Roloff. "Daughter
called and related that mom was restless and didn't sleep all night.
Called to ask what to do.
Plan: Give 1 mg Ativan after taking patient to bathroom & putting
in bed. If after 6 hours patient still restless, give another 1 mg.
Patient can have 1 mg every 6 hours as needed for restlessness /
anxiety. Daughter to call back if this doesn't settle her mom down.
Perhaps she couldn't sleep because she had been sleeping all day.
This would not have been a bother for the adopted daughter if she had
put Elvina Roloff in the proper facility for hospice care.
This annoyance would be a problem for the adopted daughter since she
had a full time janitorial job at a high school in Vancouver,
Washington. This meant that she had to work primarily after the
students were out of the school, and the adopted daughter would arrive
at her home late in the evening.
February 5, 2001
On February 5, 2001, the adopted daughter requested Volunteer
assistance to care for Elvina Roloff. Elvina Roloff had approximately
$107,000 in liquid assets at the time. Eighty three thousand dollars
would go to the adopted daughter after the death of Elvina Roloff, if
the monies were not consumed by medical care for Elvina Roloff.
February 5, 2001 2:00 PM
On February 5, 2001 about 2:00 PM R. Hatfield, RN, visited Elvina
Roloff at her home and made observations on her condition. She took
blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate and made pain level
assessment. These measurement appeared normal. She responded as if
drugged. (There is no significant evidence of pain, suffering or
difficulty breathing.) (Noted that the adopted daughter would be at the
high school tonight.)
2001 12:20 PM
On February 6, 2001, about 12:20 PM, J.
Higgins, RN, visited Elvina Roloff at her home and made observations on
her condition. She took blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate
and made pain level assessment. (There is no significant evidence
of pain, suffering or difficulty breathing.)
February 7, 2001 7:20
On February 7, 2001, about 7:20 AM, Hospice SW nurse
wrote about telephone call from the adopted daughter, home caregiver
for Elvina Roloff "She reported patient having increased pain issues."
Nurse recommended increasing dosages of Ativan and Roxanol to begin
that night. Roxanol amount was increased four times to 1 cc
(milliliter) as frequent as every 30 minutes. (A few hours later the
PCN reduced that dosage by a factor of 16.) PCN (Primary Care
Nurse) to address blook in catheter tubing on HV (house visit) today.
(Note: No other person independently verified that Elvina Roloff was
having increased pain. Less than three hours later a Hospice SW nurse
was not permitted to see Elvina at her home.) (She was reported dead
around 11:51 PM that night.)
February 7, 2001
On February 7, 2001, about 10:30 AM, Hospice SW nurse J. Higgins, RN,
attempted to visit Elvina Roloff at her home. Caregiver, the adopted
daughter, refused permission to nurse Higgins to see Elvina Roloff. J.
Higgins wrote in her report "Roxanol 0.5 ml q (every) 4 hrs". This
dosage is one sixteenth the amount recommended by the nurse during the
phone call 3 hours and five minutes earlier. J. Higgins also
wrote "Has hired RN in place." This was a ruse. There were no
evaluations or reports by any other RN.
February 7, 2001 11:54 PM
On February 7, 2001, about 11:51 PM, Hospice SW nurse wrote about
telephone call from husband of the adopted daughter "Reporting patient
expiration. Patient at daughter's home / Ready for (Hospice SW) RN to
February 8, 2001 12:30 AM
On February 8, 2001, about 12:30 AM, Hospice SW nurse Amelia Tuon, RN,
and the adopted daughter recorded the destruction of controlled
substances (Lorazepan tabs/intensol/Roxanol). They failed to record
quantities destroyed. RN failed to record any information about Elvina
Roloff or people present at the time of her death. I learned later that
the adopted daughter's daughter was present and watched Elvina Roloff
die as the adopted daughter ordered her not to perform CPR. Note that
the coroner was notified by FAX February 8, 2001, 7:51 AM. No
phone call was made to the coroner.
The RN did not document an immediate cause of death, and authorized the
of Elvina Roloff's body to the funeral home. All this indicates that
the RN made the determination that it was not homicide.
Why didn't any of the Hospice SW nurses question this very unusual
sudden death? Her doctor estimated she would live one to two months
without any treatment. All the reports said that she was not having any
trouble breathing or significant pain. I suggest that the adopted
daughter prevented the RN from seeing her that morning so that there
could not be a professional report that Elvina Roloff was doing well.
She planned to put her to sleep late at night, after returning from her
High School janitorial job, when the coroner was
not at work, and the night RN was not familiar with the situation of
Elvina Roloff. All the signs suggest premeditated murder. (See the
email response to me from the adopted daughter's daughter about the
murder of Elvina Roloff, below.)
February 11, 2001
I went with my son and his wife to a very poor "memorial" of Elvina
Roloff at her adopted daughter's home at Battle Ground, Washington.
Roloff's sister Marion was there with her husband Albert Gull, who made
a lot of video recording of the event. Nothing was organized. It was
just a bunch of people eating and talking privately. I was still in
shock after my mother's death. I was basically limited to the
mother-in-law attachment of the house. I talked with the adopted
daughter's first daughter. She was in a happy mood. The adopted
daughter was in an extremely happy mood. She didn't say anything to me
about my mother's death, and before I left, with a big grin, she gave
me a decorative bowl that I had given to my mother earlier. (Here is
your consolation prize.) I was offended, so I left it there.
Much later I requested copies of Elvina Roloff's financial and medical
records. The adopted daughter refused to grant me access to any of
Elvina Roloff's financial records after she was named executor of her
estate. She would not allow me to see her daily diaries, either. In the
beginning I did not suspect homicide, so I was not agressive in getting
records. I first got copies of Elvina Roloff's joint bank account with
her adopted daughter by Order of a judge. The adopted daughter's lawyer
assured her that this would not happen, but he suspected something was
So about a year later I started searching on the internet how to get my
mother's medical records. I made my own requests and received many
records. It took a couple of months to transcribe and review them.
After that I decided it was homicide and contacted the Clark County
Sheriff. Because of the long time passed the Sheriff didn't think that
he could do anything. Sgt Trimble was assigned to this issue, and he
was quite rude to me. The Sheriff did not answer my last letter about
my mother. I gave up on the Sheriff.
July 23, 2017
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