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Pastimes : Murder Mystery: Who Killed Yale Student Suzanne Jovin?

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To: RandomCitizen who wrote (1365)3/17/2016 10:58:55 PM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell   of 1390
I agree with everything you wrote except the last sentence: "That's why they're looking for that person in that taxi, because it was in that area [where the running man lived]."
Investigators are also trying to find a woman who was a passenger in a taxi that night. “She may have important information to corroborate existing information provided by the taxi driver,” Edwards said in the statement. Edwards said she has been described as a black woman in her late 30s or early 40s. She was wearing a white outfit such as one worn by a health care worker and was carrying a paper bag with handles. She was picked up by the cab driver at either 333 or 373 Blatchley Ave. at about 9:15 p.m. Before she got into the taxi, she spoke with a person who was standing on the second-floor porch of that building. The cab driver dropped her off in Newhallville.

Edwards’ statement also cites the account of a witness who was driving on Whitney Avenue, then turned onto East Rock Road, where he heard an argument as he approached the Edgehill Road intersection. Message 30346489
I mean, I truly wish the police considered the running man as their prime suspect, but I've seen no evidence they do. If you chart the route from 333 (or 373) Blatchley Ave to Newhallville where the taxi ride began, you'll see that the ride doesn't start anywhere near the Wooster St area where the running man lived at the time. However, there's a reasonable chance the taxi got to Newhallville by turning left off Whitney onto East Rock, which would have taken it past the murder scene. As the running man ran down Huntington, it's unlikely he and the cab crossed paths.

So what could the taxi driver have offered that he observed or heard that night? I get the distinct impression that the police are operating on the theory that the arguing couple overheard all the way down near the East Rock/Whitney intersection was Jovin and her killer. So what are the odds the witness who heard the argument while driving was also the cab driver? That would explain the need for a second opinion.

I don't blame the police for wanting to talk to this mystery passenger. I'm assuming the cab driver must have been one of the many leads the police got right after the murder. Apparently the passenger did not submit a lead. But unless she somehow observed the murder whereas the driver did not (and somehow saw fit to keep silent all these years), it seems the best we'd get out of her is that she also heard a couple arguing. As I've written before, the timeframe for this arguing couple to be Jovin and her killer is almost an impossibility... which brings us back to banging our heads against the wall about why the running man seems to now be an afterthought.

- Jeff
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