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Thoughts from a follower of Jodi's disappearance
July 1, 2013
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The jogger who saw the remarks from California Patty thinks they are meant for her benefit.

I wonder how P.L.P.H. who lived in Tucson, Arizona and now Garner, Iowa, is related to "Jail Bird "D" since he's listed as a relative.

Is this a coincidence???  Maybe he just might have been driving early around the Key apartments

on that day to deliver his newspaper route-or something like that. Ya think?

Did farmer Bill Pruin buy his corn seed from Cornseed Guy or his company?  Does anyone know?  

Jail Bird "D" did do some bragging earlier according to P. K. G. from Washington state.  "G. also described his involvement in the federal witness protection program, which occurred after he shared a federal prison cell with Iowa methamphetamine dealer Jail Bird "D" and told authorities that Jail Bird "D" had bragged about getting way with the murder of two confidential informants, a mother and her two young daughters. Jail Bird "D" is now on federal death row.   G. said he became a protected witness in 1999.

“They do investigating for a year. Polygraph tests. It's very strenuous. You can't get into the witness protection program unless they verify you're telling the truth,” he said.  G. has cancer and says he will die from it."

 

December 20, 2013
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Fasteddy makes a great point about Jodi's lateness to work. By all accounts, she was highly ambitious and career-driven.

It begs the question then, why was she frequently late? Did her rate of lateness increase during the month or so before the abduction? If so, why? Something was going on in her life.

January 10, 2014
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I think Jodi might have been late for work on multiple occasions before her disappearance because she was burned out on KIMT. She was looking for an agent and was sending out tapes, but she wasn't getting anywhere and she was stymied on how exactly to proceed. I think it's also possible she was late a lot because of her social life. Someone posted once that she was known to be dating a very successful businessman from Osage. (Nothing improper. According to the writer of the earlier post, the gentleman was not married.)

January 12, 2014
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Yes, and he was the guy who bought her the little red sports car, I think.  I imagine that could have caused some jealousy from other guys who liked her.

January 21, 2014
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I grew up on a farm in Iowa and I have never heard of a cornseed salesman.  Cornseed is sold by people that live in the country and store the seed in large buildings.  They always work for a specific company like Pioneer or Dekalb and they are almost always farmers themselves.  The fact that people on here believe he was living in an apartment and selling corn appears laughable to me.  Find me one farmer or fellow employee of the 'cornseed' company that can say he sold a lot of corn seed.  Bet you can't find one person.  How do you think he was really making all that money?

 

For everyone that thinks Honken is this huge drug kingpen, you are mistaken.  He was this small time chemistry student that made the stuff on his own and had a couple of people selling for him.  Looks like he was a very small player in Northwest Iowa.  I've heard a lot of people say that most of the meth supply came from Arizona.  He deserves to be on death row for killing witnesses, though.

 

Guilty people like to show that someone else did it.  Every time you start getting close, there is something in the news showing that someone else may have done it.  I saw a post on here from someone that knew the South Dakota Investigator.  Says the investigator thought Honken did it, or it was a simple sex crime.  Totally not true, navyboi.  Investigator never thought that.  I think MCPD knew the Milks story was another example.  What a coincidence, another paranoid meth guy.

 

I don't believe that Jodi was late for work very often.  Her coworkers probably felt guilty for not calling the cops sooner.  Pretty obvious that is blown out of proportion, because the person in charge at KIMT would have known.  He even confirmed that he never knew about it.  I don't think anyone really believes that Jodi went to view the tape of the birthday party either.  It just doesn't sound right to me.  It sounds like a made-up story in case there is evidence they were together.

 

The key piece of evidence is that Jodi's toilet seat was up in her apartment.  I heard someone explain that she may have been cleaning before she went to work...really?  There was a man in her apartment that morning.  There is no other explanation.  You know Jodi used the bathroom that morning and a man used it after that.  You have to conclude that the person followed her out to the car from the apartment.  No one was waiting outside in the dark all morning.  I think everyone here has a hard time really believing that.

 

Obviously that wasn't the best place and time to murder someone, so you have to conclude that it couldn't wait.  I would have to speculate that she was either going to the cops or the hospital because a crime was committed.  Totally a guess, though.  Could have been a fit of rage.  Some people can get very paranoid and do terrible things.

 

Come on Mason City!  Someone prove me wrong on the amount of corn seed that was sold.  Has to be one farmer, coworker, or acquaintance that can prove me wrong.  Was he an independent cornseed broker?

 

 

January 21, 2014
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I'm wondering about the toilet seat. Could it be that one of the group of policemen who was in the apartment that morning needed to use the bathroom and left  the seat up ,  not realizing that  it'll be  an important part of the investigation?

Perhaps later, he didn't want to own up to it fearing he'd be accused of inadvertantly tampering with evidence.

I know it sounds off-the-wall, but so do some other things about this case.

January 21, 2014
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I thought of this theory because if, as many believe, there was a man in the apartment when Jodi had already left, then the apartment would presumably be unlocked when the police arrived being that it's unlikely Jodi would've given him a copy of her key. Was the door unlocked?? I don't know. That would be a clue as to whether there was a man in her apartment.

If he DID have a key and locked the door on his way out, then it would be someone whom she trusted and was very, very familiar with. OR--- there was no man there, at least not in the early  morning.

January 25, 2014
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(I am the originator of this thread, although my username changed when they changed the forum to its current format. Btw, thanks administrator for the Shout Out to all those people who've been following this site for a long time now.)

 

I was surprise to log on and find a post I made over 4 years ago now at the top of the list. It gave me a chance to read my original LONG post. Frankly, some of the same questions remain for me but I've changed my mind on a few things (I've mentioned all of this on another thread I started well after this one).

I'm convinced more than ever that whoever abducted her was in her apartment that morning. Why? Three reasons. 1. The toilet seat. 2. I can't wrap my mind around somebody waiting in a van in the parking lot for over an hour. 3. The name she allegedly yelled--how would she know whose name to yell since it was so dark in the parking lot?

 

1. Toilet seat--the cleaning explanation doesn't fly with me. When did she clean it? The night before? That morning? Both choices make no sense. If the night before, you mean she didn't go to the bathroom when she got up that morning? If that morning, you mean she cleaned it even though she was late for work? I don't think so.

 

2. Waiting--Although I can appreciate that many criminals have lay in wait for their victims, those are either crimes of opportunity--like seeing a lonely woman on a street, OR, the criminal knowing exactly where a victim would be at a certain time. The murder of Morgan Harrington would be a version of the first, and the modus operandi of the Original Night Stalker would be a version of the second. It's very rare for a criminal to "over-wait"--meaning the criminal knew the victim's schedule and even continued to wait despite the victim being grossly late. Too risky. Too many things can go wrong. Etc. (Once again, I've gone over this in another, much more recent thread.)

3. The name yelled--The common thinking is somebody came up from behind Jodi, attacked her--possessions going everywhere, knocked her out, and dragged her to an awaiting van. Where in that scenario would it give her time to view and recognize her attacker? And, as I mentioned before, even if she did get a glimpse after the first blow, it would be a fraction of a second before the attacker hit her again. How would she have time to glimpse her attacker and then yell out his name in such dark conditions? If it was somebody she knew, wouldn't there be a bit of amazement--thus, a hesitation--before she would yell the man's name? I think so. And this scenario doesn't fit into the staging of the attack that the police believed happened--very quick and over in seconds.

 

Given the facts that we know--not conjecture or drug angles or anything else--everything points to Jodi spending the night with a man she knew--thus, the toilet seat and my "no waiting" belief. They get into an argument, thus her lateness for work. When her producer calls, Jodi fakes being sleepy as many women have done to cover up having a domestic with their boyfriend/husband/lover/etc. She gathers herself together but the argument isn't over. She leaves the apartment, the man in hot pursuit. He catches her at the car, hitting her. She knows what name to yell because she doesn't need to turn around to know who it is. One more blow and the fight is over.

As for Bill Pruin, I think it's very possible whoever abducted Jodi, killed him. As I pointed out in another thread (once again), there are only two unsolved major crimes in the vicinity of Jodi's residence for the year 1995. What are the odds that both victims knew each other? Not very high. But they do: Jodi Huisentruit and Bill Pruin. Crazy.  

 

   

January 26, 2014
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Have to agree fasteddy.  A couple other questions about the supposed crime scene.  Why would Jodi put the key in the car door if she had a keyless entry remote.  Very few cars had that feature in 1995, and I bet murderer never thought of that.  I believe it was standard on the 1995 Miata.  First year they offered it.  I know one thing...Once I got a keyless remote for my car, I have never put the key in the lock.

 

Another question...How can you create drag marks on clean, black asphalt?  Supposedly they could see she was dragged.  I would love to see someone reenact that and show me how drag marks are created.  It rained that night, and I can see in the photos that the pavement was clean.  Drag marks...really?  Why would the murderer drag her in the first place?  Jodi was not that big or heavy.  I bet most guys could grab a small gal like Jodi around the waist and carry her like a bag of cornseed.

 

 

January 28, 2014
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Good points Derby.  I don't believe a policeman would make a mistake like that at a crime scene, so don't see that as plausible.  The one thing that could make sense is if Jodi had to vomit.  Wouldn't be sick in June, but I wonder if there is any chance she was pregnant.  Unlikely she knew about being pregnant if she had been drinking alcohol, though.  Regarding the locked door.  Seems to me that the murder would have had her keys after the murder.  Would have had about 3 hours to set up a crime scene in the early morning darkness.

May 9, 2015
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I thought you hit the nail on the head when you said that, if Jodi had been abducted by someone from the Mason City drug culture, they would have left her body as an example to others. I honestly believe that if Honken or any of his cohorts knew something about Jodi, they would have talked already to get a lighter sentence. 

 

I actually disagree with this.  Honken and Johnson abducted then killed five people, then disposed of the bodies in shallow graves in a rural area outside of MC.  The only reason the bodies were found is because Johnson is a dumb criminal (trying to get another criminal to take the rap for the crimes).  Honken and Johnson were trying to conceal their crimes and did not leave bodies behind.

June 11, 2015
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This is going to be a little long, but I hope you all enjoy it. Anyway, I don't think the police know who did it Tomahawk. They even said a few years back in the newspaper that they were at the same place they were at day 1. I exchanged emails before TheCat passed away (Jim Feldhaus). He followed the case since early on. He mentioned that he had file cabinets full of information, but it seems none of it ever panned out. He went to his grave believing that there were more than one persons involved and that it was a simple sex crime.

To respond to the OP's post, no I don't think the killer considered it a 'high risk' crime. I delivered newspapers from around 2000-2004 and prior to 6:45, there wasn't a soul on the road in most towns. During the hour I was on my route, I would be lucky to see a single car on the road. It's a little different in North Iowa than it is in larger cities. The town actually SLEEPS.

I've followed this case since the birth of the internet. There used to be a forum on bravonet? or something along those lines. There used to be really good discussions on that forum back in the day. After all these years, as I take in more realities of life and have let all the ideas and thoughts sink in; I think I have a pretty good picture what happened. This case has gained such notoriety because of all the 'weird' circumstances surrounding it. I like to compare this case to the Maura Murray case. There are just so many distractions surrounding it, that it is difficult to find a direction that leads to something worthwhile. In cases like these, it seems that most of the time the simplest idea is probably the most likely.

I don't think this was a mere sex crime. I have a hard time believe that someone would wait up past 4 AM to commit a simple sex crime. I think that a lot of people get the tunnel vision that the crime 'had' to be committed that day since she was running late. I think that is rubbish. I think the most likely explanation was that the person who committed the crime didn't know her schedule to a T. With that bit of information, we can probably rule out any males whom she was intimate with. That leads into the diary. I think that diary probably reveals whom she was intimate with in the years and time leading up to her death. The police seem to be using that diary as 'evidence', but it's clear nothing has ever come out of that diary that has been useful.

It's clear that out of her diary entries her summer was off to a whirlwind of a start. With the few details I laid out, we already have a profile of the killer: single white male who knew Jodi's schedule roughly (but not exactly), who was not intimate with her. This could be tens of thousands of men, but what I find peculiar is the TIMING. If this crime occurred in the middle of January, then I would be convinced that it could be ANYBODY. But the fact that it occurred after a week of running around, partying, etc. spells out to me that the killer was closely associated with her over that time. I think Jodi's sister has a good point when she wants the following question answered: "What really happened that weekend?"

Hope I provided some food for thought for everyone. :-)

June 15, 2015
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I agree with the previous poster.... I do believe she was abducted by someone she knew but I never quite whittled it down to someone specific she may have engaged with the previous week/weekend ; someone that she may have  recently met...For some reason JV's son also tends to stick in my head even tho im sure PD spoke to and cleared him? idk..

I also agree that this case is similar to the Maura Murray case as in there were many other distractions surrounding MM and her life at the time of her disappearance...More than Jodi's even, it would seem. I have followed both these cases over the years, and perhaps it is the very drama surrounding them that keeps many people determined to follow them til the long hoped-for answers are found.... 

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