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   PastimesMurder Mystery: Who Killed Yale Student Suzanne Jovin?


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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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To: SJ Cold Case who wrote (1372)7/28/2016 3:58:05 PM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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What is to be done?
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.

IMHO of course. :)

- Jeff

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To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (1373)7/29/2016 11:06:14 AM
From: SJ Cold Case
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"Only when an entity of equal or greater stature applies pressure on them will there ever be any incentive for cooperation--"

I wonder if anyone at Harvard Law would be interested?

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From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell11/5/2016 12:38:07 AM
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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.

Michelle's story: truecrimediary.com

More about her life: latimes.com

- Jeff

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From: Tom Clarke9/26/2017 4:57:18 PM
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Strong Push On To Solve 1998 Slaying Of Yale Student Suzanne Jovin

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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (1376)9/26/2017 8:37:30 PM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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Re: 9/26/2017 - Hartford Courant: Strong Push On To Solve 1998 Slaying Of Yale Student Suzanne Jovin

Strong Push On To Solve 1998 Slaying Of Yale Student Suzanne Jovin

Yale student Suzanne Jovin was stabbed to death on Dec. 4, 1998 in the East Rock section of New Haven. Nineteen years after the slaying, there is renewed attention being paid to the unsolved case.

Dave Altimari and David Owens Contact Reporters

The unsolved 19-year-old murder of Yale student Suzanne Jovin is getting renewed attention by Connecticut law enforcement, with an assistant state’s attorney spending eight hours a week with a team of detectives working to solve the high-profile case.

Details of the efforts are contained in a Freedom of Information hearing officer’s ruling that the New Haven police file should not be released. In testimony before the hearing officer, Assistant State’s Attorney Marcia Pillsbury revealed that she is working on the case and that a resolution is possible.

Sources familiar with the case said investigators have taken several steps including:

  • Resubmitting Jovin’s clothing to the state forensic laboratory to do new DNA testing called touch DNA on the inside of the sleeves of her shirt and other clothing in hopes her assailant may have brushed against her during the murder.
  • Bringing in the FBI to work on the case, although it is unclear what federal authorities are doing.
  • Traveling across the country to re-interview some witnesses from the original investigation as well as classmates of Jovin who had not been interviewed before.
  • Hiring a hypnotist to interview a key witness who may have seen Jovin walking only minutes before she was murdered.

  • Two New York City documentary filmmakers had submitted the FOI request to New Haven Police and Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane’s office seeking access to the Jovin file. Pillsbury testified at the hearing to explain the case is not dormant and that releasing the files now could hinder the probe.

    FOI hearing officer Lisa Fein Siegel denied the request to release the files based on Pillsbury’s assertions and the testimony of New Haven police officers and the state’s lead forensic science examiner. Siegel ruled that “a prospective law enforcement action is a reasonable possibility.”

    “It is found that witnesses continue to be interviewed, evidence examined, and ever more precise DNA testing continues to be focus of the investigation,” Siegel wrote. the full state Freedom of Information Commission will vote on Siegel’s ruling Wednesday.

    Pillsbury testified for more than an hour but refused to provide any relevant details of the case past they are working on it. She wouldn’t answer questions about how many investigators are working on the case, wouldn’t say whether she has interviewed any witnesses and wouldn’t answer whether she thought there’d be a prosecution within the next six months.

    On Dec. 4, 1998, Jovin, 21, was discovered face down with 17 stab wounds in her back and head near the corner of Edgehill and East Rock roads by a doctor out for a walk who heard her screams and ran to her assistance.

    She was stabbed so hard the tip of the knife was embedded in her skull. The knife used in the murder has never been recovered. Investigators believe Jovin was killed shortly before 10 p.m.

    Jovin was last seen walking out of Phelps Gate on the Yale campus at about 9:25 p.m. after she had dropped off a key to a van she had borrowed for a dinner involving the Best Buddies group where she volunteered.

    About 10 minutes later, "multiple" witnesses said they heard a couple arguing in front of the apartment building at 750 Whitney Ave., and later in back of it, although it is unclear if that was Jovin. Witnesses reported hearing more arguing and then screams at the intersection of East Rock and Edgehill roads.

    Days after the slaying, New Haven police leaked to the local newspaper that James Van de Velde, one of Jovin's professors and her senior thesis adviser, was in a "pool of suspects."

    Yale University eventually canceled Van de Velde's classes and declined to bring him back as a professor. Van de Velde has maintained his innocence and has been highly critical of the New Haven Police Department investigation and of Yale.

    He filed a lawsuit against New Haven police and Yale which were settled in 2013. Van de Velde, who after the settlement began teaching at Johns Hopkins University, received at least $200,000.

    For years, police believed that DNA found under Jovin’s fingernails belonged to her killer. It was more than 11 years after the homicide that the forensic laboratory determined the sample was contaminated and that the DNA actually belonged to the lab worker who had initially worked on the case.

    At one point prosecutors allowed two private investigators hired by Yale access to the file so they could do their own private investigation.

    Subsequently, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane hired four retired state police detectives to re-investigate the case. The retired detectives found a witness who said she saw a man running from the direction of the crime scene around the time of the slaying.

    The woman told investigators the man had "blondish hair, chiseled features and was wearing dark clothes and a loose-fitting green-colored jacket.." The state hired a forensic artist to draw a sketch of the man and police distributed a flier with that sketch throughout the neighborhood and to Yale alumni groups hoping for a match.

    The team of retired detectives were disbanded more than a year ago by Kane.

    courant.com

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    To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (1377)9/27/2017 11:19:01 AM
    From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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    Re: 9/7/2017 - CT FOI Docket #FIC 2016-0865





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