If this is legitimate and pans out that he is the Golden State Killer/Original Night Stalker/East Area Rapist…
A story tragically as old as time. When a young person with a bright future championed by their ambition is cut down before one could argue they had even reached their prime. Mystery only adds to the tragedy of situation, nobody having answers to where something so promising went so horribly wrong.
Jodi Huisentruit was a promising news anchor in Mason City, Iowa for the local CBS affiliate KIMT. Graduating from St. Cloud State University with a major in Mass Communications and Speech Communication as a member of the class of 1990. A native of Long Prairie, Minnesota and the youngest of daughter of Maurice and Imogene Huisentruit, Jodi began her career as a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines, before settling in as the bureau chief for KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
She would once return to her home state of Minnesota to pursue an opportunity at KSAX before returning to Iowa to take her position at KIMT. Many believed she aspired to one day make her way to the big city and become a prime time news anchor with national recognition on a major network.
However this would all come to a sudden halt when she failed to show up for work on the morning of June 27th, 1995. Producer Amy Kuns, noted that at 4:00 AM and with no sign of Jodi, something was wrong. She called Jodi at home and informed her of the situation. Jodi noted that she simply overslept and was on her way to work.
When hours passed and there was still no sign of Jodi, Kuns would fill in for Jodi on the morning show while the network called law enforcement after the show was complete. Jodi had been late before but this time something seemed to be different to those who knew her.
Upon their arrival at her home, they found her red Mazda Miata still parked in the lot. However there was evidence that suggested a struggle had taken place just outside the car. The officers would then find Jodi’s personal items scattered about the immediate vicinity. Although they would acquire a palm print from her car that remains unidentified to this day, this was the genesis for a mystery that remains unsolved Twenty-two years later.
The neighborhood canvas unveiled little other than neighbors hearing screams around the approximate time Jodi would be leaving for work. They did discover reports of a white van shining its lights in the parking lot around the same time and the van or its driver and/or other occupants have never been confirmed or identified.
Perhaps the dark side of fame had finally caught up to the ambitious young professional. Was she being followed by an obsessive viewer?. A bent key was found on the ground near her car to suggest she was grabbed from behind as she was unlocking her vehicle. More of her belongings would be found spread across the parking lot, as Police would later reveal.
Where is Jodi? A question that burned in the minds of all Jodi’s friends and colleagues at the news station but remained unanswered. Nobody was beyond question. A colleague, a viewer with an obsession, every angle of investigation was being considered. The disappearance even had her coworkers on edge in that they could be next.
Mason City Police considered every possible avenue. They would even welcome the support of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But in reality anyone who owned a television set could be considered suspect. Suspects even included convicted rapists who would vehemently deny any involvement in the case.
Time passed and every thing would return to what one might perceive to be normal. A tree remains out front of the KIMT offices dedicated to the life of a young woman who dreamed of reaching the stars but had it tragically taken away from her.
Leads would continue to come in and of course they were followed up with investigators doing their due diligence. While their confidence in finding a resolution to this case would never waiver even until this day, that resolution is yet to arrive.
At the famous age of 27, a young, bright and ambitious professional had her dreams snatched away form her by someone. Their motives remain as murky as the outcome of this case. Even State Representative, John Kooiker voiced his opinion on the case in recent years and suggested that the resolution has been found but suppressed by other city officials.
Regardless of a cover up or not, a beautiful young woman had her life tragically cut short. A suspect still remains at loose today and does not deserve to die with an honorable name. He or she must be held accountable for their actions and it is only my hope that I see this happen…
Bible John – My Thoughts
Yet another case that I have come across in which the truth of the matter is debated among those closest to it. Some say that a serial killer was at work in Glasgow, others say that “Bible John” was simply an invention of the media and ineffective police work.
My personal opinion however, given all the similarities in the three cases lead me to wonder were their even more murders committed by this suspect that detectives don’t know about given the similarities between the three reported cases.
The method in which each lady was strangled with her pantyhose and sexually assaulted and the placing of tampons or pads near each victim leads me to believe that one individual was responsible of all of the cases. Coincidence perhaps, especially as I am unsure into what made the media rounds after each case was reported. But given what I know about serial offenders, it leads me to believe that perhaps “Bible John” was real after all.
Someone that was obviously a dedicated follower of the bible or at least well versed religious education to the extent that they could make references without directly quoting the material in which should demonstrate some level of understanding of the text.
I won’t lie in saying that I am a religious person and that I am well educated in such matters. But on face value it seemed to me that menstruation seemed to be something that would upset someone with extreme religious dedication.
Although my research into the topic may be limited to the Internet which we all know is not exactly the most reliable source of information. I can ascertain that the bible considers that when a man encounters woman that is going through her menstruation cycle, it is consider that both will be considered to be unclean for at least for a limited period of time.
Which leads me to speculate that someone took the meaning of being unclean or perhaps tainted for having an encounter with a woman undergoing her menstruation cycle well into the extremes. This of course would lead the individual to lash out as if an inconsolable rage had been triggered with in them.
Perhaps a congregation would know if there was a man who seemed to take his religious studies or beliefs too the extreme. A man that had some connection to the areas surrounding the Barrowland Ballroom but may not live in the immediate areas as I feel that more victims being identified or possibly even the offender already being identified and arrested.
I am no profiler; I am just a person who is interested in the studies of true crimes that remain unsolved. So take my thoughts for what they are, just thoughts. My only real goal is reaching a conclusion for the families of the victims.
In studying this case, I saw a documentary that featured Helen Puttock’s husband and I could see how this case has affected him emotionally. Despite how hard he was trying to hold back his feelings entirely, one could tell that just how much this case has affected him.
There are too many coincidences in this case to make feel that multiple predators were at large in this case. It strikes me that three women who were menstruating at the time of their deaths and leading up until that moment had followed the same set of circumstances could only have possibly met the same individual.
19 “Whenever a woman has her menstrual period, she will be ceremonially unclean for seven days. Anyone who touches her during that time will be unclean until evening.
20 Anything on which the woman lies or sits during the time of her period will be unclean.
21 If any of you touch her bed, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.
22 If you touch any object she has sat on, you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.
23 This includes her bed or any other object she has sat on; you will be unclean until evening if you touch it.
24 If a man has sexual intercourse with her and her blood touches him, her menstrual impurity will be transmitted to him. He will remain unclean for seven days, and any bed on which he lies will be unclean.
25 “If a woman has a flow of blood for many days that is unrelated to her menstrual period, or if the blood continues beyond the normal period, she is ceremonially unclean. As during her menstrual period, the woman will be unclean as long as the discharge continues.
26 Any bed she lies on and any object she sits on during that time will be unclean, just as during her normal menstrual period.
27 If any of you touch these things, you will be ceremonially unclean. You must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and you will remain unclean until evening.
28 “When the woman’s bleeding stops, she must count off seven days. Then she will be ceremonially clean.
29 On the eighth day she must bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons and present them to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle.
30 The priest will offer one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. Through this process, the priest will purify her before the LORD for the ceremonial impurity caused by her bleeding.
31“This is how you will guard the people of Israel from ceremonial uncleanness. Otherwise they would die, for their impurity would defile my Tabernacle that stands among them.
32 These are the instructions for dealing with anyone who has a bodily discharge—a man who is unclean because of an emission of semen
33 or a woman during her menstrual period. It applies to any man or woman who has a bodily discharge, and to a man who has sexual intercourse with a woman who is ceremonially unclean.”
– Leviticus 15:19-33
I could read those passages all day long and find a motivation for a religious zealot to commit these evil acts. Only knowing what I have experienced personally when dealing with those who are dedicated to their religious beliefs and couple that with what I have seen in cases that I have seen somewhat publicized. This could only be someone who feels that those before him have violated their lord’s will and must act in a manner that prevents them from being affected in a similar way.
One could speculate all day long but given the limited information available on this case, it all points in the direction to a man who had what one might call a spiritual outlook on life. I can only feel that whoever “Bible John” might be is someone that carried themselves as a “ladies man” one might say, only that when a certain set of circumstances occurred then they would lose control of themselves and mercilessly lash out upon the victim if almost they were a completely different person.
I completely believe that suspect was fully aware of his actions and that when he came across a woman who was going through her menstruation cycle, he would lash out with a fearsome rage that would result in their death for he believed that he had become “unclean” also and that was something that he could not live with.
Perhaps he felt violated in someway or that he had lost what one might call a sense of purity. Regardless of what his actual motivations were, I can only feel that his religious views played a part in his grizzly deeds. This of course would bring be back to my original point in that the offender would be known to some or someone who takes their religious views and bible studies far too seriously and has a connection the Barrowland Ballroom’s surrounding areas in that they lived their at some point prior to the murders.
One could also surmise that the individual may have infrequently visited the Barrowland Ballroom because if he were a regular then perhaps the Bouncers may be more likely to provide a consistent description of the suspect.
Using my own history of being a regular at certain venues, after continually going back to a venue and regardless of it being my intention in repeatedly going to a specific venue. The security would begin to talk to me like they knew me after a few weeks. If it was busy and there was a line to get in, I could simply walk to the front and say hello. Then I would have bypassed even the longest of lines and be having a good night.
In saying this, the suspect most likely visited the Barrowland Ballroom infrequently but also visited others around town. Being as charismatic as he was, meeting women was never an issue. I would expand my enquiries across the city to find a matching set of circumstances and MO.
I am no psychologist or any kind of certified profiler but using my own experiences it feels that it could be a likely conclusion. Spreading the description of the suspect to other Ballrooms and their patrons outside of just the mainstream media may have resulted in a suspect being identified.
Perhaps this offender is still out there; perhaps he is dead yet regardless of such possibilities, the families of the victims deserve to know what happened to their loved ones. “Bible John” needs to be unmasked and if he is dead, he does not deserve to maintain a honourable name. The victims deserve justice and their families deserve closure and I can only that one-day they will find it…
February 23, 1968, the naked body of nurse was found by a man on his way to work in a lane behind Carmichael Place in Scotland’s largest city and the third largest in the United Kingdom. A man on his way to work found Patricia Docker laying dead after she had been sexually assaulted and strangled and left only a few yards from her home.
After telling her parents that she would be spending the night at the Majestic Ballroom dancing the night away, she in fact went elsewhere. Attending the night for over-25’s at the Barrowland ballroom. Police speculate that at some point throughout the night she met her killer after the left the Majestic and moved to the Barrowland.
Days would pass before Detectives could piece together her movements over the course of the night, costing them valuable time. To further complicate the investigation, her clothes and belongings were never found coupled with the lack of a witness of any kind.
One can only speculate what happened over the course of her evening. The limited available facts leave her murder ripe for speculation. Given that the detectives took days to piece together her movements and the suspect kept all of her belongings. Every detail of this crime outside of the manner in which she died maybe lost forever.
Still of course to Police this could only be considered an isolated incident. It would be the first in at least is what a known trilogy of cases in what would come to be known as the case of “Bible John”.
August 15th, 1969
18 months after the murder of Patricia Docker, Jemima McDonald, a 32-year-old mother of three, also took a night out at the Barrowland Ballroom. Over the course of a weekend, her sister Margaret would hear rumours of what was referred to as “the body” from young children over on MacKeith Street as they left an old tenant building.
Her growing concern would lead to her to investigate the cause of these rumours on the Monday after the weekend had passed. Arriving at the house, her worst fears would be realised. The manner of death would be similar to that of Patricia Docker over a year prior yet with once distinct difference.
Jemima would be found fully clothed. Despite a similar manner of death, the suspect would not take her clothes like he had done in the case of Patricia Docker. Strangulation, Sexual Assault, Blunt force trauma were all present but in this case, there were witnesses.
They could place her at the scene at least up until midnight when she left. Standing upon the arm of a man with slender build with red hair. After then only one can only speculate as to what happened next. Police would move from Door-to-Door trying to gather information of what had happened in regards to the crime.
Many would see her leaving the ballroom in the lead up to her body being found. Detective’s inquiries would lead to accounts of hearing screams from a woman who lived in the vicinity of the crime scene. Although she lived merely a few blocks from the crime scene, this same woman would fail to provide police with an accurate time frame in which the crime had taken place.
As time would pass and like the case of Patricia Docker, the murder of Jemima McDonald would find itself in the Cold pile. Time would pass and the information that came in would continually wound down. Despite having a witness who claimed that they heard screams, Investigators were unable to provide a time frame into which they heard such sounds and as a result the case would go cold.
October 31st, 1969
One of the most popular weekends of the year, a horror story manifested itself in to reality when 29-year-old Helen Puttock was found in Earl Street over in the Scotstoun are of Glasgow. Just as the other victims before her she had attended the same Barrowland Ballroom on the night of her murder.
Spending the evening with her sister Jean, both met men called John. One claimed from Castlemilk but the other did not disclose his background. After spending approximately an hour with the men, they decided to head home. The John from Castlemilk would headed for a bus home in George Square, while the other three decided to share a taxi ride home. This taxi ride would later become a crucial piece of information in the investigation.
After dropping Jean in Knightswood, Helen and John would continue on towards Earl Street. This would prove to be the last time anyone would see Helen alive. She would be found raped and strangled the following morning albeit with some differences than the previous victims.
The contents of her handbag lay scattered at the scene. Helen had also suffered at least one penetrating bite from her attacker. She lay in the garden behind her apartment and despite that her belongings lay scattered; her bag itself was nowhere to be found. Leading investigators to believe that it was taken as a trophy and grass stains suggested there was some kind of struggle in during the assault.
The Resulting Investigation –
The ensuing investigation would lead detectives to learn of the John character the sisters shared a taxi ride with before the murder. A man that was well spoken that quoted many passages from the Bible as time would pass. From then on “Bible John” was born as the media took the epithet and ran with it.
Helens sister, Jean would later provide an outline of the John man last seen with her sister on the night she was murdered. A polite and well spoken, tall yet slender around 5’10 and with fair/reddish hair. She would claim that he had given his name as “John Templeton” or “Sempleson”.
Over the course of the night he would continually demonstrate his religious devotion by quoting the bible and saying that “I do not drink Hogmanay, I Pray”. He would also make references to Moses and how the dance halls were “dens of iniquity”.
With this new case, a connection was made to the cases of Patricia Docker and Jemima McDonald in years past. The similarities between each that would leave authorities to believe that a serial killer was at large on the streets of Glasgow.
A composite sketch would be developed from the description provided from the inquiries leading witness, Helen’s sister Jean. However as investigators expanded their inquiries at the Barrowland Ballroom, the bouncers would paint a different picture of the suspect and attribute the discrepancies to Jean being heavily intoxicated on the night of her sister’s murder.
They would suggest that the sisters left with a man that was still well spoken but shorter and with jet-black hair. It was also suggested that the suspect was also not directly quoting the bible, but more simply referencing it.
Still Jean would defend her state of mind in that she would insist she was clear eyed during the taxi ride and that her description was accurate. This gained support from a bouncer who could claim that many of his peers at the ballroom were not good with remembering individual faces.
Also a disheveled looking man yet well dressed was spotted with what may have been scratch marks on his face, getting off a bus at around 1:30 am at Sauchiehall street before heading towards the ferry that would cross the River Clyde and into the south side of the city.
Doing their due diligence in the investigations more similarities between each case would emerge that would reinforce the opinions of investigators that they had a serial killer active in Glasgow. All had attended the Barrowland Ballroom and when they were found, their handbags were gone. All were strangled with their stockings and raped.
From witness accounts all of them were escorted home before falling just short as they were murdered. All of them were menstruating at the time of death and had pads or tampons placed on or near their bodies.
Still not all were convinced that a serial killer was at large and that “Bible John” was simply an invention of the media. Perhaps there may have been multiple killers at large and in a time before DNA testing and perhaps a proper chain of evidence we may never know…
The Springfield Three – My Thoughts
It’s been 24 years since Suzanne Streeter, Stacy McCall and Sherrill Levitt disappeared from Sherrill’s home in Springfield, Missouri. Throughout all the speculation and conjecture put forward by Law Enforcement and various media outlets, this case remains unsolved and no trace of the women has ever been found. It is hard to even argue that a crime was even committed.
However, we will never know for certain given the number of people who had passed through the home in the time before the authorities arrived. Leads have continued to come in and the vague allusions of one Robert Craig Cox have done nothing but feed the rampant speculation surrounding this case and now all that I can do is unfortunately add to the speculation using the little facts that have been made available.
First of all, I fail to see the risk of law enforcement using the ground penetrating radar to excavate the Hospital Parking lot to see what is buried underneath it. If there is nothing, you have just followed another lead through to its conclusion and you are still in the same place you are now.
A detective could make a career for himself if he were to crack this case and if he were to dig up the relevant section of the parking lot and find the remains of the three missing women. I find it hard to believe that this could be a case of three runaways could have remained undetected for over twenty years especially two teenagers without some kind of foul play being involved.
Given that the only indication of a crime was the broken porch light that family members unknowingly cleaned up. We will never know if they innocently destroyed a valuable piece of evidence. Coupled with the slow response brought upon the lack of evidence of a crime and obstacles in the investigative process. Police were never able to paint a solid time line of the night they disappeared and the events preceding it given the inconsistent stories witnesses provided.
Robert Craig Cox to me has provided no real evidence to suggest he knows anything legitimate about this case. It could just be the classic case of a criminal injecting themselves into an investigation where if they cooperate with the proceedings by providing information Police desire to get a better deal for themselves. Perhaps it is simply to boost their own ego as the renewed media attention as the spotlight for their past crimes has drifted onto a new offender.
It is not uncommon for repeat offenders to have an insatiable need for the spotlight to be focused on them and what better way for Robert Craig Cox to keep the attention trained on him than to claim allude to be party responsible or to have some knowledge to the solution of this matter.
As the case grew colder, people seemed to buy into this with hook, line and sinker regardless of the amount of legitimate or even unsubstantiated claims. Now he claims he won’t reveal what he claims to know until his mother has passed. I can respect wanting to save ones mother the heart ache but at this point he has nothing left to lose. Either way he is going to be in jail and should just put this matter to rest, that would require him to have some decency which I doubt he has of course.
In closing all I can do is urge local law enforcement to reconsider their stance on digging up the section of the parking lot in which irregularities were found. At this point it seems like it is the only lead they have to go upon or at least the only one that is public knowledge. Otherwise and as much as I hate to suggest it maybe offer Robert Craig Cox some kind of deal contingent on the resolution of this case being reached. If it turns out that he lied all along, which I often suspect he has been doing, then charge him for whatever else he can be charged for.
I remember reading an article about this case suggesting that it wasn’t a serial killer and just a number of unrelated disappearances… 38 disappearances though? Too much of a coincidence if you ask me…
A variety of new pieces of information including new voice recordings.
Bit late if you ask me… If it is indeed the voice of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker, do you honestly think it would have been better to release all the voice recordings as soon as you had them so someone might have actually recognized him? What are the odds someone will remember the voice of someone they know back in the 70’s and 80’s?