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Who is responsible?
April 2, 2009
9:06 pm
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We have been following this case for years. Over those years we've come across so many theories, visions, opinions, and questions related to who was actually responsible for Jodi's disappearance. I'd like to start a thread on this topic. Please feel free to post your thoughts on who you think was involved in this case. Please do not mention any names - I'm just looking for opinions.

Here are the results of our online poll. We conducted it from the end of December through today:

Who Was Responsible for Jodi's Disappearance?

A stalker
73 53.7%

Someone who Jodi knew
43 31.6%

A complete stranger
10 7.4%

People involved in the Mason City "drug ring"
6 4.4%

Other
4 2.9%

Please feel free to get some dialogue started on this topic. Thanks for letting us know your opinions.

April 3, 2009
2:30 am
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I believe it was someone involved in drugs and I also believe the abduction was a warning to someone involved with them that also knew Jodi. Perhaps the person was trying to cut deals for himself but had contacts in the area that made him more valuable alive. Jodi's abduction was a warning it could have easily been them. She was important perhaps on a personal level to the warned individual.

If you count backwards from the first time Jodi reported she thought she was being followed and I would probably go several days or weeks prior, something important was happening in either drug distribution, sales or whatever, that caused them to start following her and become familiar with her routine. When she realized she was being followed, they where obvious about it to Jodi, maybe the original intent was to scare her and see if it got back to the person who was involved with them. If this did not cause the person to change their activity whatever it could have been, then they did something extraordinary to get the message across.

After reading this, it sounds like a cheap novel, but this is my guess none the less. I believe it was poor associations.

April 8, 2009
10:06 pm
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Very interesting, Vinny. The results of the poll are fascinating, too.

I guess I'm of the belief that perhaps it was a stalker/someone Jodi knew, being one and the same. I never thought it had anything to do with the drug theory, but I think perhaps it was someone she recognized.

I have followed the case closely, and I wish I could remember where I read this, but I thought someone had posted (maybe on the old forum from a few years ago, or maybe another site) that there were rumors that a resident(s) at the apartment complex heard a woman call out a name and scream the morning Jodi disappeared. Has this been confirmed?

My second speculation is I've always wondered, also, if there's a possiblity someone was angry with Jodi over a story she covered. I'd like to know what story or stories (big in nature, specifically related to crime or big money) that Jodi might have covered from the fall of 1994 (when she thought she was being followed) until her disappearance.

More than anything, I just want Jodi to be found and her abductor to be punished. Her sister, Joann, seems so nice and genuine in the newsclips, and hearing from her just makes me feel for the family all the more. There's such a geniune ache in her spirit-- and I can't imagine how Jodi's mother must feel. I just really want some sort of resolution for Jodi's family-- and for the person who did this to get what he deserves.

April 8, 2009
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From what I understand Greg, someone did hear a name called out around the time of Jodi's abduction but the police refuse to release the name as they still consider this an active investigation. I also believe the abductor was known to Jodi. I still think it is related to drugs, as I said, but your theory is as good as anyone's. Ever since I discovered this site I check daily hoping that a big story would be on the home page that Jodi was found, maybe someday. We can pray, for her sake.

April 19, 2009
6:22 am
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I see drugs have been mentioned as possibly being involved in this case.
How would Jodi be involved in this?

July 17, 2011
11:26 pm
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Before reading Dead Air I thought that it was almost for sure a stranger abduction, someone who saw Jodi on the news and was obsessed with her. Now I think it was someone she knew, someone who wanted a relationship with her, but she just wanted to be friends...

July 18, 2011
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I think Jodi knew her accuser very well. I think he was pursuing her romantically.

I think the trip wire that started Jodi's troubles was the Mazda Miata. I think that Jodi's suitor was jealous when he realized that Jodi had a brand new car that he hadn't helped her purchase. He became suspicious that there was another man.

On June 26, Jodi attended the country club event. I think the second suitor was there. And I think they made a date to see each other later at Jodi's apartment. Jodi liked this second guy because he was the complete package, well placed in the area, with deep pockets and political connections that could be advantageous to her.

Suitor #1 went to the Key Apartments and saw Jodi's Miata in the lot. He pounded on her door, but Jodi didn't answer because either the other guy was already there or she was expecting him.

Suitor #1 left the building, but sat in his car and watched Jodi's building. He might have even seen suitor #2 come out. He grew more and more enraged and, by the time Jodi came out at 4:30, he was white hot with fury. He approached her from behind and, somehow, in the ensuing scuffle, Jodi was knocked out. He panicked and dragged her to his vehicle, losing her red shoes and some of the contents of her tote bag in the process. He drove her to a secluded waterfront and, if she wasn't already dead, finished the job and weighted the body down with concrete anchors.

This happens all the time in partner-on-partner violence -- jealousy, rage and then violence. I think all the talk about speeding cars and men talking outside windows is white noise, probably drug transactions in the middle of the night. I think what happened to Jodi is pretty straightforward.

July 18, 2011
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Your theory sounds pretty good.. Especially since the police think she had a visitor that night.. I just don't think it was a coincidence that she was already being followed on her way to work months prior and then ended up missing..Her life may have been in danger for a while and this person obviously had her scared enough to take self-defense classes.. She may have known that somebody was watching her closely..

July 18, 2011
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Yeah, I'm sure she had some real concerns about being followed. In the news business you're at risk because you're in everyone's living room. And the rookies don't get paid enough to hire personal security. But, as for the abduction, I still go for the guy who had been dropping money all over the place trying to win her over for several months. IMHO

July 18, 2011
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Usually this type of crime points in a direction from the onset. The obvious direction, does not appear to have been thoroughly investigated. Do we have an alibi for this person at 4:30 a.m? Between 8 and 4:30 did something happen to change the way he felt about her? How come he was on the scene very early that day? How bout the missed walk with his friend? How about his vehicles were they ever checked. How did he know he was the last person to see Jodi as he told the police? Sociopaths pass polygraphs all the time. The EGO this guy carried around would not allow him to accept she didnt want what he wanted. If he could'nt have her no one would have her.

July 18, 2011
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Good point.. You know i just don't know because they never had any proof or even circumstantial evidence unless there is something that police are holding back about this person?

July 19, 2011
12:02 am
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Oops. I meant 'abductor' in the first line.

July 29, 2011
5:14 pm
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I've just started reading "Dead Air".

My gut tells me that it was someone she knew....someone that wanted a relationship. Someone who knew her routine....someone with a reason to stalk her. Unless I've missed something, she didn't appear to be involved in drugs or any other high risk situation that would have made her a target.

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck.........

July 29, 2011
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[b]msmith wrote:[/b]

My feelings exactly.

July 29, 2011
8:20 pm
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I completely agree with the last two posts. I think someone grew jealous when he sensed Jodi's attention was drifting away from him, when he sensed that he had serious competition, when he realized he couldn't provide what she ultimately wanted.

August 28, 2011
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I totally agree with Ann's scenario.

January 20, 2019
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sce1966 said
Usually this type of crime points in a direction from the onset. The obvious direction, does not appear to have been thoroughly investigated. Do we have an alibi for this person at 4:30 a.m? Between 8 and 4:30 did something happen to change the way he felt about her? How come he was on the scene very early that day? How bout the missed walk with his friend? How about his vehicles were they ever checked. How did he know he was the last person to see Jodi as he told the police? Sociopaths pass polygraphs all the time. The EGO this guy carried around would not allow him to accept she didnt want what he wanted. If he could'nt have her no one would have her.  

Agree. Sociopaths don't have a conscience or moral compass and can be pathological liars. Things and wrong doings don't bother them. I know from experiencing family life up close with one who is now in prison where he should be.  Its truly astounding how they operate compared to "normal" people.  If this person had a large ego and a bad temper as its been reported he may have had some narcissistic traits too.  Boundaries and doing things that are so out of the norm are the norm. Its all a facade, but watch out when the mask drops and they don't get what they want, when they want it. Violence is common.  Jodi may not have realized that the flattery and attention (love bombing) she was getting was putting her life in grave danger.  The mask is showing the side of the self that they want the world to see or believe to be how they are.  What's under it and how that person actually is, or what they are hiding, truly scary stuff. Get close to a sociopath and you will find out what I speak of. Passing a polygraph wouldn't be difficult for someone without a conscience.  Polygraphs are notoriously inaccurate too and why they aren't admissible in court.

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