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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.
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?
Good question. If you read the archives, you'll see a bunch of us have suggested what needs to be done, but to no avail. Heck, I've even offered to raise whatever money it takes to pay for the cost of implementing our suggestions.
Battling both Yale and the State of CT (not just New Haven) has proven to be like scaling Everest wearing a wet bathing suit. Only when an entity of equal or greater stature applies pressure on them will there ever be any incentive for cooperation-- and only because "covering up" is quite often these days viewed worse than the actual accusations, not because they truly want the truth to be known.
In memory of Michelle McNamara (wife of actor and comedian Patton Oswalt)
Back in 2009, I had the pleasure of spending some time talking and emailing with true-crime writer Michelle McNamara, wife of actor/comedian Patton Oswalt. Every so often I would send her updates. Michelle passed away suddenly in her sleep back in April. My condolences.