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   PastimesMurder Mystery: Who Killed Yale Student Suzanne Jovin?


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To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (1381)12/4/2018 7:32:35 PM
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Re: 12/3/2018 -- New Haven Register: Forum: There is hope Suzanne Jovin’s killer will be brought to justice

Forum: There is hope Suzanne Jovin’s killer will be brought to justice
Updated 12:06 pm EST, Monday, December 3, 2018



Photo: Hearst Connecticut Media File Photo /
New Haven Police placed fliers in the area of the site where Suzanne Jovin was murdered.

Twenty years ago, on Dec. 4, 1998, Suzanne Jovin, a Yale senior, was murdered shortly before 10 p.m. in the East Rock residential area of New Haven almost two miles from the campus. Twenty years later, the killer still has not been brought to justice, despite the continuing commitment of the state’s Division of Criminal Justice and the work of several teams of experienced homicide investigators over the years. Nevertheless, there’s good reason to think that will happen. Why? Because of recent advances in analysis of DNA.

On that Friday evening in 1998 , Jovin ran into and spoke briefly with a classmate on Yale’s Old Campus around 9:20 p.m. as she walked to the police office in Phelps Gate to return a key for a vehicle she had used for a Best Buddies pizza party earlier that evening. Moments later, she was seen by another classmate walking north on College Street outside Phelps Gate. Shortly before 10 p.m., she was attacked — stabbed 17 times in the head and neck — near the intersection of East Rock and Edgehill Roads, more than a mile and a half north of Phelps Gate.

A Hamden woman told New Haven police that as she was driving northward 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. Huntington is one block south of East Rock Road and Whitney is one block east of Edgehill Road. Investigators surmised the killer ran one block south on Edgehill, then ran eastward down Huntington. The woman said the man ran for a moment alongside the car, then sprinted to the east side of Whitney, hurdled some shrubs and disappeared in the darkened grounds near the Red Cross building.

Years later, a team of retired state police investigators arranged for a New York police artist to make a sketch of the running man based on the woman’s description. The man was described as a physically fit, athletic-looking white male in his 20s or 30s with defined features and well-groomed blond or dark blond hair and wearing dark pants and a loose fitted green jacket.

What made the “running man” of such interest to investigators from the outset — the New Haven police knew about him immediately although the public wasn’t informed until the sketch was made years later — was the fact that another person reported having seen Jovin walking on East Rock Road only moments before she was attacked with a man whose features resembled those of the “running man.”

Both witnesses spoke with the police immediately and cooperated fully with them. But because of the time of day and because both had only a fleeting glance of the man at a moment when neither had any reason to connect him with a crime, it would have been difficult for them to subsequently identify someone as the man they saw. Nevertheless, thanks to the ability to obtain a DNA profile from minute traces of “touch DNA,” it may be possible to identify the killer.

“Touch DNA” is the DNA in the skin cells that are left on an object when a person touches it. Almost two decades ago, the UK Forensic Science Service developed a technique called Low Copy Number profiling that enables analysts to obtain a DNA profile from only a few skin cells. About 10 years ago, a technique was developed that enables forensic scientists to collect skin cells from objects a perpetrator has touched. Used together, the techniques can produce a DNA profile of a perpetrator from only a few skin cells.

By reconstructing the crime and applying the harvesting technique to Jovin’s clothing in the places where the killer might have touched it as he attacked her, it might be possible to obtain his DNA profile. The state’s forensic lab now has the ability to harvest “touch DNA” from the clothing of a victim and, indeed, has done that in several recent cases. Last year, the prosecutors announced they hoped to recover the killer’s “touch DNA” from Jovin’s clothing.

“Touch DNA” doesn’t come with a name and investigators would still have to match it to an individual, either through the state and federal DNA databases or perhaps through Ancestry.com or some other type of familial searching. Nevertheless, despite the fact that 20 years have passed since that Friday evening in December 1998, there is some reason to think that, thanks to recent developments in the collection and analysis of DNA, the person who killed Suzanne Jovin will be brought to justice.

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

nhregister.com

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To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (1382)12/4/2018 7:37:24 PM
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Re: 12/4/2018 -- GoFundMe: Justice for Suzanne Jovin



Justice for Murder Victim Suzanne Jovin

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The Murder

On Friday, December 4, 1998, at about 9:53pm, Yale University Senior Suzanne Jovin is found in an upscale section of New Haven, CT, about two miles from campus, stabbed 17 times in the head and neck, her throat slashed. Suzanne had apparently been up all night finishing a draft of her senior thesis on Osama bin Laden (three years before 9/11), finally dropping it off in the afternoon. She then signed out a university owned station wagon to attend a pizza making party she had organized for the local chapter of Best Buddies, drove some of the Buddies to their homes, and then returned her borrowed car to the Yale lot around the corner from her residence.

Suzanne logs onto her computer at 9:02, writing an email to a friend from whom Suzanne had borrowed Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test materials. Suzanne had apparently re-lent these materials – a book and a CD -- to someone else, did not yet have them in her possession, but expected to have them back shortly. Suzanne gives her lobby access code to her friend to allow her friend to come at her friend’s convenience. Suzanne logs off at 9:08.

At about 9:14, Suzanne sets out on foot to return the keys of the borrowed station wagon to the police substation located at Phelps Gate, which is part of Yale’s historic Old campus. At about 9:22, she encounters a classmate whom she tells she is tired and looking forward to getting some sleep. At about 9:25 she returns the keys to the police substation, but rather than retracing her steps, she continues through Phelp’s Gate to College Street, takes a left, and begins walking north. Somewhere between 9:25-9:30, Suzanne, not too far away from Phelp’s Gate, is passed by another fellow student, walking in the opposite direction. About 1.9 miles from this spot, approximately 25 minutes later, on the corner of East Rock and Edgehill Roads, Suzanne’s nearly lifeless body is found by two passersby.

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About This Campaign

I've been investigating and writing about this case for 20 years-- well before it became a staple of seemingly everyone's "Top Unsolved Murders" list. I hope you enjoy the five part series I have put together in an effort to finally solve this horrific crime, and to get justice for Suzanne.

It goes without saying that every state has an enormous number of unsolved crimes, and a limited budget to solve them. However, not ever using modern technology to try to solve a 20 year old murder is unforgivable-- and why I've chosen to launch this campaign to fund such testing, as well as "whatever else" it may take for justice to prevail. If we are *not* spending the state of Connecticut's money… If we are sending the evidence to a state-of-the-art *private* forensics lab… If we are *not* tying up any of the state’s resources to do any of this… there is absolutely no excuse for the State of Connecticut not to accept our generous offer.

Thank you.

- Jeff Mitchell

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Updates

Update 1 (12/4/2018) - Posted YouTube video of the "Introduction" to the five part series. Note: All five videos are in post-production and should start appearing every day or two.

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To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (1383)12/4/2018 7:40:46 PM
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Re: 12/4/2018 -- YouTube: The Green Jacket Killer: The Unsolved Murder Of Yale Student Suzanne Jovin - Intro



The Green Jacket Killer: The Unsolved Murder Of Yale Student Suzanne Jovin - Intro



Jeff Mitchell
Published on Dec 4, 2018

Thank you for watching the Introduction to my five part series on the horrific unsolved 1998 murder of Yale student Suzanne Jovin. I've been investigating and writing about this case for 20 years. Please join me in forcing the State of Connecticut to DNA test all the evidence and to take every lead seriously.

On Friday, December 4, 1998, at about 9:53pm, Yale University Senior Suzanne Jovin is found in an upscale section of New Haven, CT, about two miles from campus, stabbed 17 times in the head and neck, her throat slashed. Suzanne had apparently been up all night finishing a draft of her senior thesis on Osama bin Laden (three years before 9/11), finally dropping it off in the afternoon. She then signed out a university owned station wagon to attend a pizza making party she had organized for the local chapter of Best Buddies, drove some of the Buddies to their homes, and then returned her borrowed car to the Yale lot around the corner from her residence.

Suzanne logs onto her computer at 9:02, writing an email to a friend from whom Suzanne had borrowed Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test materials. Suzanne had apparently re-lent these materials – a book and a CD -- to someone else, did not yet have them in her possession, but expected to have them back shortly. Suzanne gives her lobby access code to her friend to allow her friend to come at her friend’s convenience. Suzanne logs off at 9:08.

At about 9:14, Suzanne sets out on foot to return the keys of the borrowed station wagon to the police substation located at Phelps Gate, which is part of Yale’s historic Old campus. At about 9:22, she encounters a classmate whom she tells she is tired and looking forward to getting some sleep. At about 9:25 she returns the keys to the police substation, but rather than retracing her steps, she continues through Phelp’s Gate to College Street, takes a left, and begins walking north. Somewhere between 9:25-9:30, Suzanne, not too far away from Phelp’s Gate, is passed by another fellow student, walking in the opposite direction. About 1.9 miles from this spot, approximately 25 minutes later, on the corner of East Rock and Edgehill Roads, Suzanne’s nearly lifeless body is found by two passersby.

- Jeff Mitchell

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To: Jeffrey S. Mitchell who wrote (1384)5/6/2019 1:15:25 PM
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Wow, very nice video here. I hope you catch this person or persons! I have been noticing more and more cold cases being solved lately . DNA and finger prints nail most of them .

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