January 29, 2013
Dear Commander Alberio, I appreciate your insightful article, especially knowing your extensive law enforcement background. Given your knowledge of the law and investigations, I am curious about something that I learned on the recent \\\"Disappeared\\\" episode that profiled Jodi's case. The police said that JVS came to the scene and said, \\\"I was the last person to see Jodi alive.\\\" Yet, despite that admission, his vehicles/home(s)/boat, etc. were never searched, according to law enforcement. Is this unusual? Consider this: When the police official's wife sent Jodi's journal to the paper in 2008, that former high-ranking police officer's home was searched by police. My question: If the police are able to search the home of one of their own over the journal leak, why couldn't the police have had probable cause in 1995 to search JVS's private property? Isn't an admission of being the \\\"last to see her alive\\\" on the morning she's missing, before anyone knows the full scope of what happened, enough to get a probable cause search going? I have been wondering about this, and I would love to hear your thoughts, if you can share. Thanks!
March 22, 2012
Absolutely excellent question, Greg. I think a search of the work van might have been the best place to start.
January 29, 2013
Dear Tomahawk, I just wanted to say thank you for responding to me. Sometimes, I make comments on the forum and no one says anything, and I think, "Should I post or not?" or "Did I sound dumb"? But you made me feel good.
I agree. I can't imagine being a law enforcement agent, so I don't mean to judge. But amateur that I am, the first thing I'd want is a warrant to check out the mysterious person who comes to the crime scene saying: "I was last to see her alive" when I didn't even know for sure Jodi was dead. I'll always wonder about this.
Thanks again, Tomahawk!
March 22, 2012
You're welcome! The forum has been pretty quiet in the last few months, so it's definitely nothing personal if your post doesn't spur discussions. Definitely keep posting if you have a thought and hopefully things will pick-up soon.
March 31, 2012
Was there an answer to where the 20/20 episode went? and R.I.P. the Newton couple who lost their lives to the hands of a mad man. Did anyone hear how the vigil went?
the comments regarding the Fade to Black(?) play sparked my interest. I will be watching that because "the other woman" has been one of my curiosities.
November 17, 2012
In response to your question, the official article on the Copper Dollar Ranch Vigil is located at the BOTTOM of that page for anyone to read.
It was cold, dark and windy that night, we kept relighting our candles anyway, while we shivered and huddled together on the court house square. It was a good size crowd considering the weather. Melissa's sister-in-law talked and the new sheriff asked everyone for any new information while handing out his business card with contact information to anyone who wanted it. The Jasper County attorney in 1983 was present at the vigil too since he worked on the case and he has read Beth Bednar's book! Both the attorney and new sheriff grew up in Newton, so they have more of a personal interest and have local ties in finding something about it, hopefully. They certainly have their work cut out for them. Steve's 2 children are grown up now and they stood behind their father's photo on the display table. The television and newspaper cameras lit up the dark area and reporters were scurrying around with their mittens on. The evidence is now being tested with new cutting edge technology they told me when I asked them about it. Everybody kept silently looking around the crowd to see who had attended it.
I remember March 3 when it happened. Most of my co-workers have died since then. I was at work and it was cold and dreary, almost foggy without the snow. We were shocked at the news about it. I thought then that a really, really sick mind did this. I remember seeing 2 state DCI agents in their black suits and briefcases who came to work to question the victim's relatives later. Rumors were flying of course.
Please remember that the prison is located in Newton. Did a parolee participate? Something to think about.
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