The first time I became aware of him was at the Copper Dollar Ranch Double. Murders Newton Iowa. He is still a “Person of Interest” in this case. At that time he lived at Holiday Lake, Brooklyn Iowa. His wife left him in 1987 and moved to Newton. Sometime later he followed her there. The Copper Dollar Murders happened in 1983. He moved into the Key apartments where Jodi Huisentruit lived late in 1994 from Newton, his wife having divorced him. I am guessing this is how he met Jodi.. He had also purchased two properties in Mason City in 1995, one a duplex of which he lived in the second story and the other a vacant property, and he sold the Holiday Lake property on June 7 1995. After Jodi went missing, he left Mason City and went to Arizona, where he beat a 66 year old man to death and got off scott free.
He became insanely obsessed with Jodi and from that day foreward her life was not her own. He stalked her, managed to always be where ever she was other than work, sat in her parking lot all hours of the night, followed her etc. He pushed Bill Pruin in the chest for dancing with Jodi and said “Jodi is mine. You do this again and I will kill you”. She had called her Mother crying because she was afraid. She told her friend in MS. That she was concerned for her safety .
Jodi had witnessed an episode of his “Purple Rage” at a function they were attending and this really scared her. A good friend of mine told me that in 1984 she worked in a bowling alley in Grinnell Iowa and he came in. She was bartending. .She said he sat down and started drinking heavily and blabbing really scary stuff which scared her badly. She said the more he drank, the redder his face became. He said he could not figure out why the police wanted him. This would have been shortly after the Copper Dollar Ranch Murders, where he was employed part time. (It has always been my belief that he was the perp in those crimes. My nephew Steven Fisher was one of the victims. ) Steve E. posted on the Forum December 7 2005 at 6pm. that Cornseed was also heard bragging in another bar somewhere that “He knew where Jodi was”.I can no longer find that post.
I found on the forum that there was a used car lot that Dustin Honken sold drugs out of. Supposedly Cornseed was seen frequenting this place. It is no longer there.
Someone posted on the Forum that a “Rough Looking Car” sped out of Key apartments that night or morning with it’s lights off... It never occurred to me that Cornseed might have used a whole different vehicle than his “good car” or the van he owned to abduct Jodi. This could account for his lack of concern for DNA in the trunk of his car when he took Lanee Good home. There wouldn’t be any. What if he bought a clunker from his friends at the car lot, took Jodi, threw her in the trunk, not caring what may have gotten spilled in the trunk, because he may have meant to dispose of it later. After he dumped her, he may have taken it, at a later time, to a crusher and had it crushed, thus leaving virtually no incriminating evidence. This could have been the car with the “strange engine sound. ” one of the neighbors heard leaving. Key that morning. Also, Jodi would not have recognized this car, therefore not felt threatened to hurry and get out of there .Cornseed could have parked it right next to hers and she would not have noticed.
From the Forum
So, yes there still is a strange white van in the mix of all of this. Which ever vehicle they were driving when Jodi was abducted it had a strange noisy engine sound.
Muskgrove; where did you get that information about the engine? I have a reason for asking.
From an ear witness. Someone who heard what went on.
I believe Cornseed took Jodi to ClearLake tied something heavy to her and threw her overboard. She may have been dead or alive. He may have used his own boat anchor. He obviously had planned this all along, so he probably had rope and something heavy in the trunk of that car with which to carry out this deed. The Physics or the Astrology charts mention a ledge in Clear Lake, which has an opening and from the ledge to the bottom of the lake it is very deep. She would have went straight to the bottom and probably stayed there until fish had finished their job on her . I bet if a diver went down, he would find a crime scene with a heavy object and a rope tied to it and bones scattered.
As far as the ledge in Clear Lake, Clear Lake is a shallow muddy bottom lake....it's not a rocky type of lake with ledges and all that. The average depth in Clear Lake is only 10 ft and the deepest portion being 30 ft is only due the dredging of the west side of the Lake in 2004.
I'm sure he did dispose of her quickly and in a body of water as well, considering all the small pits and ponds that we have around Mason City or just outside of it I think it's more likely she was dumped in one of those than Clear Lake, which is a more populated area.
March 19, 2012
Thanks for sharing your story, Twid. I wish everyone with stories and information would share, too. Even if they shared before maybe we could get a renewed interest going.
January 25, 2013
Thanks for using your registered account and building up your profile. I know you were a poster on the old site. Thanks for re-registering your account and posting under it. Your profile represents some good activity on this forum.
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I have a question for Steve's relative from Newton. I also lived there when the ranch ordeal happened and I heard that the coroner at that time, Dr. Carpenter (now deceased) said the weapon used was a roofing ax. Did Steve ever do any roofing work? Did Tim S. ever do any roofing work? Did any one working at the ranch part-time have roofing jobs?
A roofing ax seems to be a tool that not very many people just recently out of high school would have laying around their living quarters. Young people use guns, knives, baseball bats, but a roofing ax is a tool adults would own.
How many kids do you know of who have access to a roofing ax? That appeared as really odd to me because of their ages. I own a house and I don't have a roofing ax in it.
Also, where did the young rancher, Alan S. come from? He had been at the Copper Dollar Ranch only a few months I remember. Where did he get money to buy a brand new white Cadillac car and expensive horses from Florida and hire all those part-time workers?
I think they need to look at Holiday lake for the body. The locals there say he did it and the body was buried under cement that was poured right after Jodi disappeared. I know he sold his propery there right before the disappearance but rumors say new cement was poured at his old residence and her either did the cement work for the new owner or paid to have it done for them? He knew this area very well as he lived there for years. Anyone know if any of this was ever investigated? I just finished reading the book Dead Air and thought I would share what I always heard.
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