Imagine in your own mind the most likely person to have done this to Jodi and list the reasons why you believe that. Now, throw out that name and tell yourself that it isn't that person. Who do you have left?
It might not be the most obvious person. You all have "most obvious" but they will probably be all different. Look past the obvious and examine the "dark horse."
There is a dark horse here but you need your imagination to to find the link. It is there.
Gary's well intentioned and thought provoking post highlights what I just posted in another thread.
I have a dark horse from way out of left field.
How shall I say it?
Let's see, gender: female. Didn't do the physical abduction but was the brains behind it.
Maybe I should have written that in Arabic.:)
Post some more "generalized/obscure" clues as to the characteristics of your POI...we might be on the same page.
Gary, did you ever talk with Amy Kuns and other coworkers at KIMT and get their honest opinions about Jodi as well as what her topics of conversations were and who she actually hung out with in Mason City? Amy says she has an opinion about who could have done it - just wondering if she shared that with you.
Some information on this would be appreciated. It's the only way I know to bump columbo's post.
There is awesome dialog happening...but does anyone feel it is a little discombobulating to open up several different threads to read the latest posting?
Maybe for a while it would be productive to keep one thread going - even if it expands on multiple topics - that way we get some thought continuity and arrive at some possible conclusions instead of split pockets of speculation...we need some focus.
Gary (and Vinny, too) - thanks for keeping us probing - I think the "dark horse" strategy is particularly what we should concentrate on...Columbo; I am on the same page with you re: competition in Jodi's workplace...I go back to a really early post from a psychic who "heard" Jodi call out a name from the darkness...just happened to be the same name as a close friend/co-worker? Where are Jodi's work buddies in all of this - it's 14 years later; kinda doubt any of the co-workers still need to fear the alleged "stalker"...maybe that was their way of keeping out of the spotlight - claiming to be "afraid", too.
Sixties...help us out with more clues about your POI's...I'm still not clear what path you're going down.
I have personally spoken to Doug Merbach, the News Director about the case. This was done during an interview that was in the series. He apparently didn't know of any problems Jodi was having but fellow workers came forward and talked about her coming in late, etc.
Someone had told me that there were rumors that Jodi was getting a lot of calls from men at the station when she was working. To this, I have no first hand knowledge.
Amy was concerned about stalkers as well. It was a major item of concern for many female reporters/anchors not only in the Iowa/Minnesota area but across the U.S. The information she told me was in confidence and I'm not in a position to violate that confidence. I can tell you that she was followed to many places she went and was aware of it.
Okay.. here's my take. Small market TV is very competitive; everyone wants an anchor job. If Jodi made a habit of being late to work, I find it hard to believe that would be a well-kept secret. Are we talking once, twice, perhaps three times? The fact is that I doubt Jodi would have kept her job had she been so careless about her promptness to work on the morning newscast. Doug Merbach would likely have known about such a problem, had it been habitual.
I will never understand why someone at KIMT didn't call police that morning, especially since we have video of people admitting that Jodi expressed fear and worry about being followed and stalked. I just will never understand this.
Further,I have always felt sick that people heard Jodi scream in that parking lot and did nothing! How awful! I am sure that many Keys Apartment residents went to work early in the a.m., perhaps some before 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. Did folks just step over her stuff strewn across the parking lot? How could this have been ignored until the police arrived after seven o'clock? How could no one, not one single person, consider this disturbing enough to investigate.
I agree, Gary, with you that the "dark horse" theory is worth exploring. I have always believed Jodi's abductor(s) are right in front of our eyes, just my gut feeling.
Well put Greg. I have wondered about the lack of urgency at the TV station too.
Did Amy think 'well I called you once and I'm too busy to call again.'
I must admit even that excuse seems weak given most of the staff must have been aware of the problems Jode had recently experienced.
That kind of news gets around workplaces quickly.
Thanks for the response, Sixties! I'm glad to know someone else agrees with my train of thought. What's your take on the apartment residents who likely passed Jodi's car and scattered items in the parking lot but didn't call the police? Maybe they thought nothing of all the items on the ground? I guess maybe prior to sunrise they wouldn't really see that much, so maybe I have answered my own question. I certainly don't mean to vilify Jodi's neighbors, but I'm just sick that someone didn't call the police sooner. . . minutes can make a difference, much less hours.
I would have assumed the residents at Key apartments were aware of what Jodi did for a living.
I wonder if any of them did more than pass the time of day with her in conversation.
John Vancise certainly got to know her from living there.
Were any residents aware of the fact Jodi had concerns for her safety?
Were any residents aware that LE had kept a watch on Jodi for a time?
Had Jodi asked any of the residents to look out for anyone acting suspiciously around the apartments?
My thoughts on the residents that fateful morning?
In my opinion they hardly acted in a community spirited manner or concern for a fellow human being.
Can you imagine the scream Jodi let out?
How often did they hear a scream like that in their parking lot? And at that time of the morning?
Nobody could look out a window and nobody could ring the police.
I don't know how many residents saw Jodi's belongings or would have noted her car still being there. I think the damage was already done by then.
Having written that I have to say it isn't only the residents of Key Apartments 'who don't (or didn't)want to get involved.
There isn’t much more to say except when you add in the lack of urgency from the staff at the TV station the perpetrator had a lot going for him that morning.
Awesome post, Sixties, and I whole-heartedly agree... 120%. I've had all those thoughts myself. What a great job of expressing some very valid feelings on the case, and very frustrating ones, for sure. I always enjoy reading your posts!
I find the News Director's comments about being unaware of any problems to be amazing. You would have to be in a coma not to know the problems Jodi was under prior to her abduction and with police activity as well going on under your nose. There is more than meets the eye with the co-workers. Heck if you tug on that rubber band a bit and stretch things a little they may know enough to break this wide open all the while claiming ignorance and fear.
Good points vinny.
In years gone by I had as many as forty people under my supervision.
I can assure anyone I knew everything that was going on. And that included stuff I didn't want to know about.
It was a real eye-opener. It is also normal human behaviour. People have their own agendas and motives to tell what they tell.
Jodi's workplace would have been no different.
I wonder what the News Directors motive was for saying what he said? Maybe it was as simple as him being in shock. Mind you it didn't keep him off the golf course.
As vinny said: Amazing!
Greg, thanks, you are too kind.:)
This case is just so baffling.
I'd like to bump this topic to the top. I really like the discussion in this topic. Especially the one on Doug Merbach. During the search for Jodi, he admits he was on the golfcourse while helicopters were flying over. You gotta be kiding me.
If Jodi was so worried about her safety that she had to have the police follow her back and forth to work, wouldn't you expect they would have asked the people around the apartments if they seen anything suspicious, maybe they had their own fears for their safety. But, we don't know what they did if anything, it's still an active investigation!
As a matter of fact, in one of the videos they state they were UNAWARE of Jodi having any problem, WHAT!!!!
This is truly the Keystone cops in action.
I am a PI from Philadelphia does anyone have some new information on the Jodi case, or maybe some old news that you thought wasn't important that you wish to share. I have my own theory on this case. On Feb 22nd I will be on the radio discussing Jodi's case. Think you can help? Want to help? AGENTMAN777@YAHOO.COM
Leave a message for Gary or Josh they may be able to pass some info and maybe provide some info you may have from your radio show to us.
I have quoted from Gary's post that started this thread.
I be frank I haven't found a dark horse but it must be there.
It sure is a decent puzzle but I'm going to give it a fair bit of thought.
A clue could be this: My memory tells me Gary has posted somewhere at sometime the perpetrator in his opnion is most likely someone whose name has never been mentioned on these forums.
Regardless of this read through the thread because there is some good stuff. And I'm not saying that because I have a couple of posts. :)
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