I have not read the book and have no idea who the POI interest mentioned in it is, but I'd guess he was a sales person? Also if the book mentions the name Jodi said the morning she was taken why can't it be mentioned in here? Is the book worth buying and will a person learn anything from it?
The book is a good read and there are interesting pieces of information regarding Jodi and this mystery that I was unaware of.
Scott, I believe you would nail the POI with one guess.:)
For what it is worth I think there is a 'better' POI mentioned in another thread here. It is all to do with camping grounds.
Getting back to the book I got the impression both the author and others associated with the manuscript know a little more than what has been published.
That is both fair enough and understandable.
I have looked at many cold cases and many of them end up this way because of poor detective work.
Often the solution is staring investigators in the face but they still can't see it.
Yes the book is definitely worth buying....There are things in there that I wasn't aware of...there is interesting speculative theories based on some of these things also...
At the top of the forum there is a post by admin.that lists the rules of the forum...It explains why this, nor any other POI, can be referred to by name on here. The name that Jodi supposedly called out that morning was a common name and rhymed with other names also; point being that the neighbor who heard this could not be completely sure its the same name as POI. Yes, he was a salesperson by profession.
I have worked on this case for 11 yrs now, and there were things in Beth's book I had no knowledge prior to reading her book! It is a good read, and I was proud to have been mentioned in the book!! Perhaps as we keep "plugging away" this case will be solved...that is my prayer for the family!!
The book is available at Barnes & Noble in Des Moines, Iowa. I got it there last weekend.
For those looking for the book, go to your local libary. Ours here in Cedar Rapids brought one in because I asked them to. Ok about the book, I'm about 40 pages in and this far think it's a great read. One thing that stands out for me right away is Jodi may have been kept alive for over 30 days? I'd never heard that one before! Also found it very interesting about the Mason City police and how one person in charge didn't like or want to share information with other law enforcement offices.
It's also fairly cheap on Amazon -- get the Kindle edition, and if memory serves it's under ten bucks, maybe six or eight, and it's instant, and it's yours to keep. I'd check for you but every time I go to Amazon I buy a whole bunch of other stuff.
If you don't have a Kindle, they have free Kindle software for Mac and PC. They haven't publicized this enough (probably because they want to sell Kindle devices, too).
The PC version will work with WINE under any recent version of linux, too (just use WINE to open the installer -- more directions at winehq dot com. That's how I got to read it. So it should definitely be an option for just about anyone.
My library in Austin, Minnesota has it as well. It would be a good idea to check your local library.
Dead Air is a very well written book and I highly recommend it. I thought Beth Bednar did a great job of presenting a balanced reporting of the facts and suppositions surrounding the case. She even provided some tantalizing new information, such as the raised toilet seat and the general sound of the name that Jodi yelled when she was attacked.
I always felt Jodi knew the person who abducted her, but my knowledge of the case was somewhat scattershot. I mostly read the newspapers and watched television shows about the kidnapping. After reading Dead Air, it became clear to me who was responsible for what happened to Jodi.
I think there were several circumstances which clouded the investigation from the start. First of all, Jodi was a public figure. And that widened the pool of suspects greatly. But, I think Jodi’s abduction had nothing to do with her celebrity status, other than the fact that it might have made her a more desirable trophy partner for the POI.
Secondly, I’m sorry to say that Mason City is no different from other cities in that there is/was a lot of drug trafficking and use. I think that many of the suspicious things reported to investigators, e.g. two men talking outside someone’s window, the boy on the bike who followed the jogger, the car that tailed the jogger, perhaps even the car speeding out of the Key Apartments that nearly ran down the jogger were drug related activities probably unconnected to Jodi’s abduction. I consider all these reports to be mental clutter obscuring the truth.
I think Jodi had a new friend in her apartment that night. I think he was someone well known in the area, with deep pockets and possible political connections that could help Jodi in her career. I think the POI had figured out that Jodi had a new male friend a couple weeks earlier when she showed up with a new Mazda Miata, a car she could in no way have afforded on her small salary.
I think Jodi blew off a “date” with the POI after the golf tournament (June 26), because she had made an appointment with her new friend to meet at her apartment later. I think the POI showed up at Jodi’s apartment angry after being stood up. He pounded on her door, but Jodi didn’t answer because either the new friend was already there or she was expecting him. The POI left the building, but he didn’t leave the parking lot. Instead, he waited outside and watched the door. It’s possible he saw the new friend leave. By morning the POI was enraged and possibly intoxicated. He snuck up on Jodi as she was leaving for work. The POI became violent and Jodi hit her head on the side mirror of her car. This blow either knocked her unconscious or outright killed her. The POI then dragged her to his vehicle, not bothering to pick-up the red shoes that slipped from her feet or the items that spilled from her tote bag en route because he didn’t want to be seen. He transported Jodi to a nearby body of water, weighted her down with boat anchors and dropped her, along with her belongings, into the water. I sincerely hope Jodi was already deceased when he did this.
I wish the person who was in Jodi’s apartment would come forward, if he hasn’t already, to describe what happened that night. He probably wasn’t there when the crime occurred, but he might be able to give the police an indication of Jodi’s state of mind that night and he might also be able to tell us who Jodi identified as the person knocking at her door insistently. If he hasn’t come forward already, I think it might be because he’s married and to admit publicly that he was with Jodi would be damaging to his marriage and reputation.
What about that man who still goes to the camp ground next to Jodi's apartment building after all these years and stands there next to his motorcycle and drinks something from a brown paper sack, paces back and forth and stares at the building where Jodi's apartment was?
How does he fit into all of this?
I have not gotten to the man standing in the park yet. Is he named in the book? I'm about 99% sure we know who did this to her, and we know where this guy is right now. The more I read and look at him the more I'd love to contact him. Ask him questions and see if he would fly off the handle, give something up...
Sorry, he is not in the book. Its just that with all the talk in the last few days about some one she knew and someone who thought she knew too much I just wanted to know if anyone had any idea where this guy would fits in.
Wonder what Beth thinks about him. Why would a guy do that after 15+ years. I think I have a picture of him on my flickr page ... maybe... just happened to be taking pictures at the campground and found him there at the back... pacing, drinking, and staring at the apt building.
Maybe the motorcycle guy in the park is obsessed with the case. I know I am. I sat in the parking lot at the Key Apartments and stared at the door to Jodi's building, wishing the walls could talk, wishing there had been a video camera, trying to envision the scene. I don't do it regularly, but I do think about Jodi often.
Here's another idea, WAY out from left field. Maybe the guy is/was involved in the drug trade, actually saw something that morning but, because he has a record, he's not willing to risk his freedom to come forward and tell the police what he witnessed.
Or maybe he knows/knew someone else who lived in that building. That kind of place circulates its tenants a lot. It could be almost anything.
What freaked me out was who he looked like. He was tall, blond hair, around 60. He looked like John, but it wasnt.
[i][b]Somebody posted this link on the "Possibilities" thread:
Also, there is a couple of drawings of a man "imagined" by the person who posted this link.
He resembles someone brought up before in the forum, as well as another man alleged to be friends
The man in the pic knew Jodi thru his sister. Also, a shortened version of his name would fit the sound of the name Jodi was heard to call out that morning.
If you read the article, you see he is familiar with motorcycles...matches your description, though the age is uncertain. I dont believe he is around 60, but he looks pretty haggard in this pic, which could account for that.
Does it look like the same person seen on the motorcycle at the apartments??[/b][/i]
[b][i]Not sure if the below link has been posted anywhere, ...
I would say its more than a little suspicious when it comes to this person being possibly connected to a missing/abducted/presumed dead person..Im sure this info is common knowledge among people connected to Jodi's case[/i]?[/b]
[i][no name here] has gained "hands-on" sewer experience while working for several excavating companies installing and repairing sewer infrastructure in the cities of Ventura and Clear Lake, and throughout the unincorporated areas of the Clear Lake Sanitary District.[/i]
[b]Hmmm...i wonder when he worked for those companies... [/b]
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