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who do you think did it?
February 24, 2011
9:02 pm
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Who are the police thinking did it? Who are there biggest suspects? On Nancy Grace the other night, Stearns seemed very weary of revealing to much information, if any. Does this mean they have someone certain in mind? Who do you think committed this crime?

February 25, 2011
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I have followed this case for 15 years and talked to dozens of people about the various rumors going around Mason City. I have even exchanged an email with Jim Feldhaus, the PI who has followed the case for years.

This is what I believe:
Justin Honken. I have a hard time dismissing the coincidence that Angela Davis was working the night that Jodi was at the golf tournament. Maybe some words were said that night, and maybe there was something that occured before the event. I don't think Jodi was reporting on drugs, but word on the street is that she liked to go out on the town and go to bars, etc. Who knows what could have happened the months before her disappearance.

This is a guy who doesn't forgive and forget. Just because Jodi was out of town for the weekend doesn't mean anything to this guy. He came back weeks and months later to get people. Honken and Davis were crazy enough (and dumb enough) to sit outside her apartment that time of the morning even though she was running late. They were probably oblivious to the fact that she was running late.

The only hole in this theory is Davis likes to run her mouth. Why hasn't she spilled the beans on this one yet? Maybe they are protecting someone who was involved and is not in jail? I'd also like to point out the only way they got her to talk was through an FBI informant. She never really 'spilled the beans'.

Also, they probably fear further humiliation.

On the other note: I know Jim Feldhause strongly believes that it was a simple sex crime, he didn't mention names, but I'm sure he has a list of poi's.

February 25, 2011
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One thing I've been concentrating on, is that simple sex crimes and acts of passion usually end up with a person full of regret, a body easily found and plenty of evidence left all over. Often its a sloppy crime that went down with out proper planning (heat of the moment usually). But when someone completely disappears, with little to no evidence...its because things WERE carefully planned and executed, and that takes time, lots of money and professionals. I believe that who ever did this, did NOT want her to be found and they went through a lot of trouble to make sure of this. I would say there are two good reasons for this, #1. They had to keep her quiet to hide info or protect someone. She must have known something serious enough to result in abduction/possible death. #2. To eliminate her/ or her position or put forth some sort of change, but I can't really see this being the case unless she was the leader of a labor union or something. There could be more reasons but given her situation, I doubt it. On the other hand, if it was a sex act/stalker, then I would say its safe to assume that LE or others simply dropped the ball, misplaced evidence or are just plain not doing their job very well.

February 25, 2011
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Cornseed guy. He's the last person to see her. In the 20/20 video, he was saying how much she meant to him, even named his boat after her. He wanted the relationship to be something more than what Jodi wanted. He also left the area soon after the abduction rather than stick around to help find her. Very odd of someone who had deep feelings for her. He also refuses to comment to media, which is odd behavior of someone, again, who had deep feelings for someone who disappeared. I would be at the forefront, if that were my good friend or someone I had romantic feelings for, looking for her, and I wouldn't refuse to comment to the media. I wonder if something happened that night when she was invited to his apartment to view the birthday video. Did he make some moves that weren't reciprocated? Did she return home sooner than he says? Did he follow her, worried she might go to the police? Was he the guy who was pounding on her door that evening, begging her to answer the door? Did he wait in the parking lot, knowing she would be going to work that morning, to confront her? If it is true that some residents in the apartment heard Jodi say in the parking lot, "don't do this," that is something you would say to someone you know, not a stranger. If a stranger were going to come toward me with some aggression, I would say something along the lines of "what do you want?", or "what are you doing?" I don't think just because he supposedly passed a lie detector test he should be cleared as a POI. That might be why this case has been cold for so long. I think it's significant that Jodi did not see her relationship with cornseed guy as romantic and wanted it to remain friendly, while he wanted much more. He may have gotten angry with her that night when she rebuffed his advances. It may have been "If I can't have you, nobody can," type of thing.

February 25, 2011
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All good ideas, lets not forget the guy pounding on her door the day before her abduction while she was at the golf tournament. I rule out no strangers. Listen closely to Amy Kuns ideas she thinks she knows who did it but she is supposedly afraid and it is not someone the police had named as a POI. Who is that person.

On the radio show the psychic stated it was a co-ordinated effort, with more than one person involved and she knew the person as an acquaintance. As I have stated in the past I would look at all friends and associates who had side businesses and their own employees. Those employees she might have known by sight but not considered a friend and would definitely fall into the acquaintance category. This type of person would also act on instructions.

Another thing the psychic stated was that the person involved could be involved in local politics or someone with connections and power. Maybe powerful enough to steer an investigation which I don't think is the case. Does anyone on the site who lives in or lived in Mason City know if local political influence was a problem at the time.

One thing that bothers me, in 1995 if I'm not mistaken Mason City had a population of 57M and although large enough that new people entering Jodies life could go under the radar, most small cities are tight, they are leery of strangers, want to get involved in peoples business even just to satisfy their own curiosity. Review the video with Jodies friend on the bench, she started to notice the strangers and was creeped out by one of them.

Of course corn seed guy can't be overlooked but I still think we have to think out of the box, the answer could be right in front of us.

February 25, 2011
8:53 pm
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Not a big deal, but just to clear something up - Mason City's population was closer to 30k. in 1995 ;)

"One thing that bothers me, in 1995 if I'm not mistaken Mason City had a population of 57M"

February 26, 2011
11:07 am
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vinny
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Thanks for the correction OneEye.

February 27, 2011
9:30 pm
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Mooney
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Did the cops ever check out the carnival people from the
North Iowa Band Fest.Did she cover the Parade that weekend at East Park
since she lived across from the park at that time.Morgan nick was kidnapped by a man
at baseball game somewhere down south,just before jodi.

February 28, 2011
11:25 am
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vinny
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Mooney;

Jodi was water skiing with friends on JVS boat with son Saturday came back Sunday because of rain.

February 28, 2011
11:27 am
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vinny
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My best guess at this date, find or identify the guy pounding on her door and the case gets solved quickly.

February 28, 2011
12:01 pm
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Simon
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I agree, Vinny. And I think it was someone she knew very well.

February 28, 2011
2:17 pm
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To find out more about who that is. My guess is that a neighbor I believe heard the pounding I wonder if they cracked their door as well to see who it was. That person pounding on her door breaks this wide open, next morning she's gone. I would like to know who reported the pounding and if they discussed it with Jodi when she came home.

February 28, 2011
9:29 pm
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Mooney
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It doesn't seem right she overslept was she afraid to go to work.

March 1, 2011
5:00 am
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Larry
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The facts of the crime, as known to the public, haven't solved this case in 15 years.

The real question is: What kind of person does something like this, and what does s/he hope to achieve by committing the crime?

Speculation can be useful, but not when you cheat and throw actual, known people into the mix. Nobody publicly named is a credible suspect. So discard what you know.

Victim is a 27 year old female, a public figure. The crime took place outside her apartment, in the dark. Why outside her apartment, rather than inside?

She was physically overpowered. The perp was more confident in his brute strength than in his social skills. She probably would not have let him in on any pretext he could think of.

The most organized element of the crime appears to be the disposal of the body -- since this was never found.

So, what kind of a person is likely to have been able to commit this kind of crime?

Did he know the area around MC well?

How was he able to be out in the middle of the night without being the subject of gossip? Was his occupation part of his cover?

Et cetera.

March 1, 2011
11:40 am
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I think we talked about what kind of person did this. If your assumption is to go back to that then use the police theory "Anyone with a TV set".

Why don't we just forget:

her being scared about being followed
having police escorts
taking self defense classes
calling her family about being fearful
Someone pounding on her door
Etc

It may very well be anyone with a television, but that kind of caps off every other option. We don't know everything the police know, nor are they willing to discuss it.

The question does the person know MC well? Lets say well enough not have the body discovered.

Well planned out abduction, why outside? maybe he needed the extra help most of us believe he had. Screaming in an apartment at 4:30AM might have caused a ruckus. Well planned, obviously.

So, I guess if we can't think out of the box, or ask questions because it might bring questions to her "Circle of friends and acquaintances" I'd be willing to bet that within that quotation lies our answer. So if we go to the cat in a tree principle, what's left. Maybe we should ask if anyone who knew Jodi on the site was aware of anyone that was overly jealous or domineering and controlling that flew off the handle or had unexplained mood changes just prior to the abduction date.

Jodi didn't have an opportunity to protect herself, or even enough time to yell out the name of person who did this to her her if she knew the person at all. No, her day probably ended 30 seconds after she got out that door and as much as we all want to help, we probably never will know what happened and who did it.

The only consolation we may have, if you believe in an afterlife, is that those responsible will eventually have to answer for their crime.

March 1, 2011
11:57 am
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Vinny,

Have you ever emailed me before?

If not will you send me one so I can pass on something to you I don't know if I should post on the sight.

muskgrove333@yahoo.com

Muskgrove

March 1, 2011
12:30 pm
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A lot of great feedback is being posted on here, which some is quite relevant, I believe. As a researcher/analyst, I am trying to learn the names of people closest to Jodi at the time of her disappearance, and their significance to the case. As I am in a professional field, it is important that I not place any more opinions on the forum, but rather focus on the known facts of the case. However, I can share some of the facts that I feel are worth pursuing. The first step of my study is to begin with the crime scene. Forensic science relies on various procedures, including crime scene reconstruction, analyzing evidence, and developing scenarios. My voluntary role in this case is to try to reconstruct the crime scene first, then work backwards to find the facts that either support or dismiss POIs. It is too easy to assume certain individuals to be suspects, but without the probable cause to substantiate, we need to consider all avenues, not ruling out any possibilities.

If we start with the parking lot, we already know of witnesses hearing screams, which one may have included a name that was inaudible. Second, one witness reported seeing a white van in or near the parking lot. Third, we know of heel marks on the pavement, which leads us to believe she had enough strength to dig her heels down, meaning she was alive at the time and was struggling to get away from the individual.

If anyone has any information they feel may assist me, please email me at crimgen@charter.net so I can dig deeper into the case. Also, the name of the detective from MCPD would be helpful.

Thanks, and lets keep searching for more answers!

October 12, 2012
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crimgen said
Cornseed guy. He's the last person to see her. In the 20/20 video, he was saying how much she meant to him, even named his boat after her. He wanted the relationship to be something more than what Jodi wanted. He also left the area soon after the abduction rather than stick around to help find her. Very odd of someone who had deep feelings for her. He also refuses to comment to media, which is odd behavior of someone, again, who had deep feelings for someone who disappeared. I would be at the forefront, if that were my good friend or someone I had romantic feelings for, looking for her, and I wouldn't refuse to comment to the media. I wonder if something happened that night when she was invited to his apartment to view the birthday video. Did he make some moves that weren't reciprocated? Did she return home sooner than he says? Did he follow her, worried she might go to the police? Was he the guy who was pounding on her door that evening, begging her to answer the door? Did he wait in the parking lot, knowing she would be going to work that morning, to confront her? If it is true that some residents in the apartment heard Jodi say in the parking lot, "don't do this," that is something you would say to someone you know, not a stranger. If a stranger were going to come toward me with some aggression, I would say something along the lines of "what do you want?", or "what are you doing?" I don't think just because he supposedly passed a lie detector test he should be cleared as a POI. That might be why this case has been cold for so long. I think it's significant that Jodi did not see her relationship with cornseed guy as romantic and wanted it to remain friendly, while he wanted much more. He may have gotten angry with her that night when she rebuffed his advances. It may have been "If I can't have you, nobody can," type of thing.

I think you are closer to the truth than you know.

October 12, 2012
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Agree completely with Crimgen and Twid, except that I don't think she went to his apartment that night.  

According to Dead Air, he tried to initiate a sexual encounter the night of her birthday party when she went home with him (because someone had taken off with her Miata and all her keys).  I think, after that, she realized she was in over her head and, when she was invited to watch the video, she may have accepted initially (being the non-confrontational type), then she didn't show up, which set into action the events that led to her kidnapping.  

I think things started with the new car.  When Jodi started driving a fancy car around that she obviously couldn't afford, someone went berserk, knowing Jodi had a new friend with lots more money.  I've always wondered if the other guy didn't participate in the golf tournament that last day and maybe spent some time at Jodi's apartment afterward.

January 3, 2013
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There are lots of interesting theories on this thread and I thought it might be interesting to get some fresh input.

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