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Tony Jackson
November 26, 2014
3:03 pm
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Well, that definitely sucks that somebody hacked this site. And it additionally sucks that my long post about Tony Jackson was lost in the process . . . But, I'll try to go over my points, this time in a shorter way.

-Tony Jackson, to my knowledge, has never been attached to any murder anywhere.
-the women he was convicted of raping are all still alive.
-witnesses saw a white van in the parking lot of Jodi's apartment complex that morning. There is no record of Tony Jackson ever owning a white cargo van.
-I'm hestiant to take the word of people who allegedly saw Tony and Jodi in the same place at the same time. Eyewitness testimony can be sketchy most of the time.
-since many here believe the death of Billy Pruin wasn't suicide, are we to believe Tony Jackson killed him, too?
-Tony Jackson doesn't seem like the patient type. Did he really wait an hour outside for Jodi to come out?
-Tony attacking Jodi and dragging her away is contradictory to what we know about the modus operandi of his other crimes.
-Has his palm print been matched to the one on Jodi's car? I guess not. What about that?

So, I'll just say it: I think re-investigating Tony Jackson is a non-starter. It seems like a good lead but I don't think it is. For the record: I don't think JVS did it either--I think it's just a little obvious and it's something the police would've figured out by now. I'm still convinced it was some other guy in Jodi's life who spent the night at her apartment then abducted her as she tried to leave for work. In fact, I'm sure the guy is surprised he hasn't been caught by now, given the crime was probably done on the spur of the moment. 

November 26, 2014
6:52 pm
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 I don't think JVS did it either--I think it's just a little obvious and it's something the police would've figured out by now. I'm still convinced it was some other guy in Jodi's life who spent the night at her apartment then abducted her as she tried to leave for work. In fact, I'm sure the guy is surprised he hasn't been caught by now, given the crime was probably done on the spur of the moment. 

 

JVS claiming to have been the last person to see Jodi alive simply doesn't fit the time-line for that evening. If he wasn't the last person to see her alive, who was? There's a good place to start. 

Wasn't she engaged in a conversation in the parking lot at the golf course? Start there.

December 6, 2014
10:06 pm
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"Wasn't she engaged in a conversation in the parking lot at the golf course? Start there."

Thunderkloud -- that was a very intriguing statement. I've never heard anyone mention a conversation Jodi was seen having in the parking lot on the day of the golf tournament. Could you elaborate on that?

Fast Eddy -- I completely agree with you on Tony Jackson. I disagree, however, on your view about the other suspect. I think law enforcement was blinded by the fact that Jodi was a local celebrity and jumped to the conclusion her abduction was the work of a deranged fan. I think in the media/law enforcement melee that followed, they missed some very obvious signals and thus failed to investigate within the group closest to Jodi.

December 14, 2014
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Tomahawk, I agree with you that it seems the case was bungled from the start. It very well could be that the police focused their attention in another direction, got fixated, and ignored another more obvious path. However, I think where are agreement ends. 

Yes, the police made mistakes at the start. But, it's been over 19 years now. And the case has passed through several different hands, has it not? I just have a hard time believing over the last 19 years that some competent, curious cop hasn't had the file in his hands and pursued the person who many believe is the culprit in Jodi's case: JVS. I mean, if we know about him, then they know about him. If we know the state he lives in, then the authorities know the state he lives in now. I will even go as far to say that within the last 19 years some detective made it a point to get a copy of JVS's handprint and compare it to the one on Jodi's car.

But JVS is still a free man.

Furthermore, as far as I know, JVS has no criminal record. In the last almost 20 years I bet he's had other young female friends and I bet they are all still alive. I'm sure a couple of them have jilted him at one time or another, and they're still alive. Maybe he even named his boat after one of them, and the young woman is still alive. Has JVS gotten into trouble at all with any woman before or after 1995? Not to my knowledge.

In addition, there's no evidence Jodi and he were on the outs. Sure, maybe she complained once in a while about him. So has every woman complained about every man--it's not proof of anything.

I know how popular it is on here and other sites like websleuths for us amateur detectives to criticize law enforcement--the solving of a case seems so crystal clear to us sometimes, doesn't it? And granted, the police have earned a lot of that doubt. But we have to remember: Most murders/disappearances/rapes get solved in this country. In addition, we know in MANY cases, a crime isn't solved at the time but somewhere down the road another detective comes along and notices something the others didn't. So, bungling does have short-term consequences but many times someone else--another detective--cleans up the mess.

So, I'm sticking to my original point that if it was JVS, he would've been caught by now because him being the culprit is almost TOO obvious, even if the police were incompetent at the beginning. The palm print would've matched, the cops would've put JVS in an interrogation room, they would've worked on him for a while, they would've guilted him, and because he's not a hardened criminal he would've confessed, claiming it was an accident and he didn't mean to hurt Jodi.

We have to remember something about single, attractive women like Jodi--they usually have 5 or 6 guys orbiting them at any one time. Men waiting to have a chance at something intimate should she give them the nod. My guess it's one of the other guys, and not JVS, who caused Jodi to disappear. It's probably one who has a criminal record. Who's been in trouble with women since 1995. Who had problems with women before 1995. Probably one who her friends didn't know about. Maybe it's just my cynical side talking, but every un-attached, attractive woman like Jodi who I've known has one guy in her orbit who's like that--the kind of guy women don't tell their friends about because the friends would tell the women to stay away because he's trouble. But the woman is attracted to the guy so she continues to see him.

That's the guy police should be trying to find.

May 9, 2015
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Furthermore, as far as I know, JVS has no criminal record. In the last almost 20 years I bet he's had other young female friends and I bet they are all still alive. I'm sure a couple of them have jilted him at one time or another, and they're still alive. Maybe he even named his boat after one of them, and the young woman is still alive. Has JVS gotten into trouble at all with any woman before or after 1995? Not to my knowledge.

 

This is my opinion as well. I could only find one entry in the Iowa Courts database for Cornseed dude and it was a traffic violation.  I couldn't find a single hit on the Arizona Courts database.  He's definitely a strange individual but is he a kidnapper/murderer?  It seems unlikely to me.

May 10, 2015
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I think that everyone is bringing up a lot of great points.  In my mind I think the other way though.  It's been almost 20 years and they are still calling him a person of interest.  With other suspects I have read that they either attempted to match the hand print and that cleared one suspect and in another case they gave the suspect a polygraph and he passed, so they ruled that person out.  With JVS I have read where HE says he passed a poly but I can't find anything where the police say he did.  I also can't find anywhere where they say his print doesn't match or that he was even tested for it.

I think he didn't volunteer anything (like allowing them to search his properties, vehicles, boat or giving up his prints), then he moved away and became hard to reach.  Now they have to have some piece of evidence that is really strong to link him to the crime before they can get probable cause.  Think of how strong a piece of evidence would have to be to get the police department in his new state to not only bring him in but also to get him sent back to Iowa for questioning.  

July 12, 2015
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Here's a total long-shot using Google Maps... Let's assume the "around Tiffin" and "Grave Rd" are accurate information from the rap song.  If I were trying to get rid of a body and was driving south on 380 from Mason City, I would exit after seeing the big wildlife area and before having to drive through the town of Tiffin.  That's Hwy F28.  If you drive west away from the town of North Liberty, the road will jog a little to the north staying close to the trees and wildlife area.  If you turn north on "Cemetery Rd" towards the wildlife area, you will come to a dirt rd after about a mile.  Very convenient dirt road there to the right that ends with a silo and a few bins, but no house.  Maybe Caroline was on the right track, but has the wrong silo.  If I lived by Tiffin, I would go over and check it out.

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