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Board of Parole Hearings

ATTN:  Pre-Hearing Correspondence

P.O. Box 4036

Sacramento, CA   95812-4036

RE:  Lawrence R. Cowell – CDCR# D21718

        Parole Hearing Date:  October 9, 2019

Dear Chairman and Parole Board Members,

Please DO NOT grant a parole date to convicted murderer, Lawrence R. Cowell.  On April 17, 1982, while out on bail for the vehicular death of a friend, Cowell conspired to rob and brutally murder (family acquaintance) Scott Campbell, a successful young inventor.  Cowell and an accomplice he hired (represented as a flight instructor), invited the victim to accompany them on a private airplane ride for the sole purpose of financial gain (a large sum of cash Scott was known to carry and gain possession of his Pantera sports car).  Cowell strangled and bloodied Scott’s body, then threw him out of the airplane into the Pacific Ocean. Scott was 27 years old at the time and his body was never recovered. (Gary and Collene Campbell feverishly searched 11 agonizing months for their son before learning the truth with the help of an undercover agent.) Cowell was arrested nearly a year later and convicted of first degree murder.

On October 9, 2019, Scott’s family and friends must relive the horrendous events that led to his brutal murder. Again, they will be forced to endure the trauma and uncertainty of this murderer’s fifth parole hearing. In spite of the daily pain endured by his parents since their only son’s brutal murder, the Campbells continued for years to advocate for others going through the same heartache. With Gary Campbell’s loss and Collene’s loss of eyesight, it has become a hard path to maintain the fight for justice. 

Lawrence Cowell made a personal choice to rob and execute an innocent young man and he must continue to accept the consequences of his actions. Scott Campbell had so much to offer this world; so many plans and dreams for a successful future.  However, he will never get this opportunity or a second chance to live; he is gone forever.  Therefore, Lawrence R. Cowell does not deserve a second chance or the privilege of freedom. 

After careful consideration, there is every reason to believe this convicted murderer still poses an unreasonable danger to public safety. Cowell plotted and carried out Scott Campbell’s brutal murder for monetary gain. He has a very extensive record of violence and lack of remorse.  Therefore, please deny parole to convicted murderer, Lawrence R. Cowell for the maximum time allowed by State of California law.

Thank you for your consideration.


Please e-mail a copy of your letter to the victim’s family: collenecampbell@cox.net