It's been interesting to see what's come out over the years. I've seen the news media show pictures of the crime scene, the journal, etc. I'm hearing the police don't have much to go on...and don't have much evidence. Would it be beneficial if they just released what they had in order to find closure? That would compromise the case? Great website. Keep up the good work.
I share your sentiments about lack of information and some not followed up on. There were some good investigators on this case and now time has taken its toll. Lt. Vandeweerd was one of the best officers I have ever worked with and now he has been re assigned.
As far as I know there has been only one reporter permitted to visit the evidence room and it wasn't either Josh or myself. I believe it would be helpful in clearing up the case to spend some time looking through the files at MCPD to compare our information. Something might connect and we could get this case behind us.
I don't see that happening because it is still an open case.
I know you mentioned that as far as you know only one reporter was allowed to view the evidence file on the case. After all these years, have either yourself or Josh tried again to see the file. Surely they must know that both of you are doing everything humanly possible to keep Jodi's case alive. For Jodi's sake, maybe you can convince them for the same courtesy. I'm sure they realize you both can be trusted with sensitive information.
Vinny: You make a good point. I was surprised to see that MCPD even allowed a reporter in to see information never before "seen" by the media. Of course, we don't know to what extent the information they saw, so we can't assume they saw more than they did.
But I never thought the day would come that a reporter would gain any type of access to sensitive information in this case. Again, that's how we were always treated (in the fact that we couldn't touch it or see it)...so to your point, Vinny, maybe now is a good time to check back and see if they are willing to let us view more for the sake of this website, and not the media as a whole. Or both. That would be up to MCPD.
I've always wondered what good is not releasing evidence if the case is never solved...but on the same token, you can't prosecute without solid evidence. So it's a double-edged sword. Sigh.
Thanks for the post.
I am no expert but my belief is LE have to hold back material of an evedentiary nature and more especially evidence that only the perpetrator would know.
I would be amazed if anyone outside the investigating officers was allowed to see the [i]whole[/i] case file. JMHO.
You are correct in holding back evidence. To set the record straight, I believe the only person who had access to the file was a twin cities reporter. Josh and I objected and we were told that she didn't see everything, just one file and that was regarding witnesses. The PD apologized and dealt with the incident internally. I believe someone made a mistake and it's water under the bridge.
I would like to be able to spend a day reviewing the case but I don't see that every happening.
Well from all I have read, if anyone deserved to spend time with the case files it's Josh and Gary who set this site up.
I wonder if a seperate squad of cold case detectives have ever reviewed this case? Fresh eyes can work wonders at times.
I doubt any 'outsider' will have access to the case files for decades.
This leads me to the question.........'who has the power to audit any criminal case to be sure LE has gone everything in their power to finalize that case?'
Who polices the police?
WHAT ABOUT GETTING A OR SEVERAL PETITIONS, FOR SEEING AND RELEASING CASE INFOS, EVIDENCES,
DEAD ENDS, AND
OR FOR JOSH AND GARY AND ___? A COUPLE OTHERS TO REVIEW THE ENTIRE CASE, & EVIDENCES,
AND OR TO GET A COURT ORDER TO GET THIS AND THESE ACCESSES,
AND HOW IRONIC, THAT REPORTER, MUST BE THE ONE, THAT HAS JODI LISTED AS ON HER UNSOLVED LISTS,
AND SHE DOES THINGS ALSO FOR THE LARGER NETWORKS, AS IN 20-20 OR DATE LINE OR ??
AND THAT IS HOW I GOT TO YOUR SITE IS THRU THAT REPORTER, AT MPLS MN STATION- SITE OF WCCO.COM
AND I THINK IT WAS CAROLINE LOEW?? AND SHE IS UNDER CRIME REPORTERS. AS I AM FROM MN, THE ST CLOUD AREA OF THE AREA JODI, COMES FROM.
It has been reported that Jodi called out a name while she was being attacked although I
Good morning everyone,
It's great to see everyone involved in the case and your input is so valued by those of us who might miss something in the midst of the clues.
I know Caroline Lowe and it wasn't her (to my knowledge) that was granted access to the files at MCPD. It was a former reporter for channel 5 in Minneapolis and in her reports she referenced the witnesses names that heard the shouts.
Caroline is an excellent reporter with a rock solid reputation for being fair and accurate and if anyone should have seen those files it was Caroline (Josh and I would also like to join her).
I believe the key to this case is the fact that the stalker, abductor, assailant, whatever you call this animal knew that Jodi would eventually be coming out her door. Think about it.
I have read where Jodi was late for work reasonably frequently.
If this was the case the perpetrator would have observed this if he had been staking out her apartment for a couple of weeks.
If he indeed knew Jodi he might have been aware of her 'sleeping in' through other sources.
On the morning of the abduction he realised she had overslept and he would just have to wait.
As Gary posted he knew she would be coming through that door eventually.
I agree that he would wait till he had to!!
Because by the time she came out that morning
it was almost getting light, leads me to believe
that the attacker WAS NOT WORRIED THAT SOMEONE
MIGHT SEE HIM. Why was he not worried about that?
It MIGHT be due to the fact that he was not from
Any comments on my theory?
Are these facts correct?
Jodi was opening the passenger side of her car?
The blood was found on the passenger side mirror?
The palm print was found on the passenger side?
The way the car was parked in the lot, this would mean she was facing the woods? not the street?
The witness heard a car door slam, THEN a scream?
The events in your last sentence would probably be:
Persons name called out, especially if she realized who was doing this to her.
Car door slam
That would be my guess. The last one assumes she may have been struck on the head or knocked out and being put into the car or truck leaving blood on door.
Okay, I looked in the archives and found this:
There was a slamming sound, like a car door and then a loud scream," the woman told me. "And then there was a loud thump. A female voice was heard to say 'No, don't! Please, don't.'"
Then the female voice spoke a man
My thinking is she was hit from the side. Jodi most likely picked the attacker up in her peripheral vision.
Jodi must have put up some resistance because looking at the video her belongings were spread over a larger area of the parking lot than I had previously imagined.
It would be interesting to read the witness reports to see how much variation there is in their accounts of what they heard.
I am puzzled as to why so much emphasis was put on the white van by LE. It seems the attacker left in a dark coloured car at high speed. It wouldn't be the first crime in which investigators looked for the wrong vehicle.
This is purely guesswork but my hunch is the driver of the black pick up truck was behind the wheel of the car that left the crime scene.
If indeed Jodi called out a name that name should be in the public arena. Since this case is fourteen years old and as cold as ice I cannot see how the investigation would be compromised.
Finally, what was the attackers motive? Why would you want to murder a small town television anchor?
I agree Sixties;
This case begs for additional information be released. They will not find out who did this with the files tucked away collecting dust. Time to stir the pot and worry about the consequences latter.
This quote from Gary's post (#70)above has always intrigued me.
The only person I know that knew Jodi would be coming out that door for sure was Amy Kuns.
I suppose anyone waiting would have seen her apartment light come on albeit an hour late.
Anyone else have any ideas?
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