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   PastimesMurder Mystery: Who Killed Yale Student Suzanne Jovin?


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To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (1362)12/5/2015 8:49:53 AM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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Re: 12/4/2015 - New Haven Register: "Investigators seek specific witnesses 17 years after slaying of Yale student Suzanne Jovin"

Investigators seek specific witnesses 17 years after slaying of Yale student Suzanne Jovin

Suzanne Jovin

By Randall Beach, New Haven Register

POSTED: 12/03/15, 5:33 PM EST | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO


Whitney Avenue, East Rock and Edgehill roads and Huntington Street in New Haven
Source: Office of the Chief State’s Attorney

NEW HAVEN >> Seventeen years after Yale senior Suzanne Jovin was stabbed 17 times and left to die at a street corner of an East Rock neighborhood, investigators still believe there are specific witnesses who could come forward and help police arrest her murderer.

In a two-page statement given to the New Haven Register and in interviews with a Register reporter, John T. Edwards, chief inspector for the office of Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane, noted the investigation of Jovin’s slaying on Dec. 4, 1998, “has continued at a steady pace.”

“Review of the files, re-interviewing of witnesses and study of materials at the Connecticut Forensic Lab continue,” Edwards added. He said the lab is re-testing some of the evidence that was collected because of scientific advancements in examining materials.

The knife used in the homicide has never been found but investigators do have its tip, which was found lodged in Jovin’s head.

A Yale-New Haven Hospital medical resident and her friend told police they were walking up East Rock Road near its intersection with Edgehill Road at about 9:50 p.m. when they heard screams. Then they found Jovin, 21, lying on the ground, still alive but unable to respond to them.

The medical resident attended to Jovin while her friend called 911.

At that time, Edwards noted in the statement, “a dark-colored car, being driven by a woman and coming from Edgehill Road, turning east onto East Rock Road, stopped and asked the medical resident treating Suzanne if she needed help. The driver of the dark car had two children as passengers.”

The woman treating Jovin said she did not need assistance (perhaps because she noticed there were children in the car) and the female motorist drove away.

“Identifying the woman driving this car is crucial to the investigation,” the statement read. Investigators think the motorist might have seen something important.

The investigation team, part of the state’s Cold Case Unit based in Rocky Hill, thinks this probably was not a random attack, that Jovin knew her assailant. They note witnesses have reported hearing a man and a woman arguing shortly before the murder, first at the entrance to an apartment building at 750 Whitney Ave. That’s at the corner of East Rock Road.

Edwards noted a witness has told investigators about seeing a white man and white woman leaving that front entrance during the argument between the couple at about 9:30 p.m. Investigators want to find the man and woman who had walked past the arguing couple.

Edwards said another witness living on the rear side of that apartment building also heard an argument between a woman and another person. Shortly after, she heard screams on East Rock Road.

Edwards added, “This argument appears to be a continuation of the argument heard on the front side of 750 Whitney Ave. minutes before.”

“The perception of these witnesses is that these two people knew each other,” Edwards said. “It was like a domestic argument.”

Edwards said investigators believe the argument that started on Whitney Avenue ended up at that corner of East Rock Road and Edgehill Road. A nearby resident or residents reported hearing a woman shouting, “Why are you doing this to me? How can you do this?”

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.

“The argument was loud, between a man and a woman, and the words are consistent with other witness reports,” the statement noted.

Edwards said this witness also reported observing a light-colored, mid-sized vehicle parked at the East Rock Road-Edgehill Road intersection.

“We are seeking residents of East Rock Road and/or Edgehill Road who may have seen or overheard any portion of this event,” Edwards said.

He said another witness reported driving east on East Rock Road shortly before Jovin was discovered by the medical resident and seeing a light-colored, mid-sized four-door sedan parked at the curb on East Rock Road near Edgehill Road.

“This witness reported that the driver’s side front door was open and the headlights and interior lights were on,” Edwards noted. “The witness observed a man and a woman standing on the sidewalk near the light-colored vehicle.”

Edwards added, “We are seeking additional witnesses who may corroborate any portion of what has been described by these other witnesses.”

Anyone with information should call the Cold Case Unit’s tip line at 1-866-623-8058; email jovin.case@ct.gov; or write to P.O. Box 962, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. The state has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Yale University committed an additional $100,000 to that reward fund.

When reached for comment, Kane said he remains “hopeful” the homicide finally will be solved. “We’re making progress bit by bit. But we’d very much like to find those additional witnesses.”

“There are still unanswered questions for a long time,” he added. “But we’re hoping witnesses will come forward.”

Call Randall Beach at 203-680-9345.

nhregister.com

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To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (1363)12/7/2015 2:17:48 AM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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Re: 12/5/2015 - New Haven Register Editorial: 17 years later, Jovin investigators seek witnesses and questions persist

Forum: 17 years later, Jovin investigators seek witnesses and questions persist
By David R. Cameron

POSTED: 12/05/15, 7:38 PM EST | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO

Last Friday was Dec. 4, marking the 17th year that has passed since Suzanne Jovin, a Yale senior, was murdered near the intersection of Edgehill and East Rock Roads in New Haven shortly before 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, 1998.

As they did last year, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane, Deputy Chief State’s Attorney John J. Russotto and Chief Inspector John T. Edwards have reached out to the public for possible witnesses to come forward. In particular, they hope to hear from:

— The man and woman who walked past another man and woman who were arguing as they left the front entrance of an apartment building at 750 Whitney Ave., at the corner of Whitney and East Rock, around 9:30 p.m. that evening;

— Anyone who heard or saw a man and woman arguing on East Rock, or heard a woman’s screams, soon thereafter;

— A woman, possibly a health care worker, who took a taxi from the 300 block of Blatchley Avenue around 9:15 p.m. that went up East Rock on its way to Newhallville;

— Anyone who saw a man and a woman standing near a light-colored, mid-sized four-door vehicle parked at the curb on East Rock near Edgehill with the driver’s side front door open and the headlights and interior lights on.

— The woman driving a dark-colored car with two children who turned from Edgehill onto East Rock heading toward Whitney, saw another woman — a medical resident who had been walking up East Rock with a friend — who was tending to Suzanne and asked if she needed help.

Seventeen years later, the question remains: Who killed Suzanne Jovin?

The answer may depend on the answer to another question: Why was she in that vicinity, almost two miles from the Yale campus, at that time of the evening?

It seems unlikely she walked to the area; that would have taken about a half-hour and she had run into a classmate on Yale’s Old Campus around 9:20 p.m. — only a half-hour before she was attacked — and had said she was very tired. No doubt she was indeed very tired; she had been up almost all night the night before working on her senior research paper and had just returned from a pizza-making party at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Orange Street that she and the other members of the Yale Best Buddies program had organized for their Buddies.

But if she didn’t walk there, how did she get there? Who drove her, where did she get into the vehicle, why did she go if she was indeed very tired, and where did they get out of the vehicle?

After wrapping up the pizza-making party, Suzanne returned the Yale vehicle she had used to a parking lot and returned to her Park Street apartment. At 9:02 p.m., just before leaving to return the keys and mileage form to the Campus Police office in Phelps Gate on the Old Campus, she sent an email, in German, to a female classmate who had called and asked if she would return the Graduate Record Exam study materials she had borrowed. In the email, Suzanne said she had lent the materials to “someone” but would get them back and leave them in the entryway to her apartment. The “someone” who borrowed the GRE materials from her has never come forward and has not been identified.

After dropping off the keys and the form around 9:20 p.m., Suzanne went out Phelps Gate to College Street and was seen walking north toward Elm Street by a female student who had been at the Yale-Princeton hockey game and was going to a party at the Taft apartments. A half-hour later and 2 miles away, she was attacked, stabbed 17 times in the back and neck, presumably by the man with whom she had been arguing as they walked up East Rock and approached Edgehill.

Soon after the murder, a Hamden woman told police that as she was driving home with her daughter on Whitney Avenue around 10 p.m. a man came running very fast — “as if his life depended on it” — from Huntington Street into Whitney Avenue, one block south and east of the crime scene. The man ran for a moment alongside the car, then sprinted to the east side, hurdled some shrubs, and disappeared in the darkened grounds of the Red Cross building and a church that was subsequently replaced by the new Worthington Hooker School.

The man was described as a physically fit, athletic looking white male in his 20s to 30s with defined features and well-groomed blond or dark blond hair and wearing dark pants and a loose fitted green jacket. Investigators theorized that, after murdering Suzanne, the man ran one block south on Edgehill to Huntington and then ran down Huntington, crossed Whitney, and disappeared in the darkened grounds on the east side of Whitney Avenue. The “running man” has never come forward and has not been identified.

Did the “running man” murder Suzanne? Was he perhaps the unknown “someone” who borrowed the GRE materials from her? Whether or not he was the “someone” who borrowed the GRE materials, was he the man seen arguing with the woman outside the front entrance of 750 Whitney Ave. and soon thereafter as they walked up East Rock? Was he also the man who was seen standing with a woman by the car parked on East Rock near Edgehill with the driver’s door open and the headlights on? If so, what became of the car? Did he go back and get it? When?

Law enforcement in Connecticut is committed at the highest level to bringing the murderer of Suzanne Jovin to justice. But in order to do that, the state’s Cold Case Unit needs the assistance of the public. In addition to the witnesses mentioned above, the investigation needs information that might shed light on the identity of the person to whom Suzanne lent the GRE materials and the identity of the “running man.” Anyone with information should contact the Cold Case Unit, either by calling its toll-free tip line, 1-866-623-8058, or email to jovin.case@ct.gov, or by surface mail to P.O. Box 962, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

David R. Cameron is a professor of political science at Yale and a member of the state’s Eyewitness Identification Task Force.

nhregister.com

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To: termination who wrote (1329)3/16/2016 11:01:34 PM
From: RandomCitizen
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It seems pretty clear he is the running man. The police sketch looks a lot like him...if you find his obituary online and find the young photos of him at the time of the murder, when he was very thin, he looks a good deal like the the sketch. Those same photos show him in the green wind-breaker that the running man was reported to have worn.

If I remember correctly the Bill character, I forget his real name now, lived on Olive St. or somewhere South/Southwest of East Rock...George st area maybe, I forget. So...he ran down Huntington St., across Whitney Ave towards East Rock, went through the hood/grand ave area or wooster area unnoticed and went home to Olive st or wherever. That's why they're looking for that person in that taxi, because it was in that area.

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To: RandomCitizen who wrote (1365)3/17/2016 10:58:55 PM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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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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From: SJ Cold Case7/26/2016 7:09:38 AM
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Jeffrey - thank you for your dedication to this case and for this SI thread that has been kept alive all these years.

I believe that Suzanne's killer may have made multiple posts in this thread.
How far back is it possible to obtain IP addresses and ISP provider locations?
How likely is it that I will be blown off (due to my inexperience) by the current investigative team?

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To: SJ Cold Case who wrote (1367)7/27/2016 1:13:49 AM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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I believe that Suzanne's killer may have made multiple posts in this thread.
I've asked the Admin here on SI to address the IP question.

Which posts are you referring to?!

- Jeff

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To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (1368)7/27/2016 8:43:20 AM
From: SJ Cold Case
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Jeff,

I can't be too careful here, and have sent you a PM.

Although I sincerely believe I am on to something, I wouldn't want to falsely accuse the wrong person.

The ultimate goal is a confession, and we need to research IP address(es) to go down this path.

I also want the reward if I am correct.

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From: SJ Cold Case7/27/2016 9:15:18 AM
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Would scent dogs be able to identify another person from Suzanne's clothing - if the clothing she wore during the attack is still in evidence?

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From: SJ Cold Case7/27/2016 9:21:36 AM
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The IP address(es) I would be looking for posted here in 2000 quite a bit. The last activity on SI was in 2003.
The person has moved to another state, so we would be looking for closed accounts.

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From: SJ Cold Case7/28/2016 1:04:20 PM
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If Yale just wants Suzanne's murder story to go away

and police don't want to admit mistakes

and quoted witness statements are unexpected

(noting sensitivity and possible deception),

What is to be done?

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