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Murder Mystery: Who Killed Yale Student Suzanne Jovin?
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On December 4th, 1998, shortly after dropping off the keys to a Yale University car she had borrowed to take to a pizza party she helped organize for mentally retarded kids, Yale student Suzanne Jovin was found two miles from campus fatally wounded. It is now one year later and the crime not only remains unsolved, but it appears little progress has been made on the case. Why? I contend it is because the New Haven, Connecticut police have spent the majority of their time and resources focusing on just one suspect, Ms. Jovin's thesis advisor, Professor James Van de Velde-- an innocent man.

I've known Jim since junior high school. Naturally I've spent a considerable amount of time following the investigation and have spent a number of hours talking to Jim about it. We both agree that even though not a shred of evidence has ever been found that should even make him a suspect -- no blood, fiber, fingerprint, motive, etc. -- the only way to clear his name is to find the person who actually did it. Thus, this thread is not intended to merely be a rehash of material released to the public via press conferences and media reports, but a very real attempt to find the killer(s).

In my years here on Silicon Investor I've met some amazingly sharp people. I truly believe that if we all put our heads together we can deduce exactly what must have happened one year ago today. I truly believe that once we do that, finding the killer(s) will be easy. As I live so close to New Haven, I personally will track down leads and interview whomever we all feel should be interviewed.

Lastly, and most importantly, although I never met Suzanne Jovin, I feel a profound sense of loss with her passing. By all accounts she was an intelligent, charming, beautiful, caring person for whom everyone had nothing but praise. No parent should ever have to bury their child. The least the Jovin family deserves is closure. Until this case is solved they don't even have that.

- Jeff
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1390hi jeff, big fan of your work and this case has always haunted me. i'd like scrubs33-August 22
1389Great work on this video. I can see your a smart man.alwaysbmiki-12/27/2019
1388I would say "working on it" in the loosest meaning of the word. For a Jeffrey S. Mitchell-12/27/2019
1387Because of you they are working on it. If you didn't push all these years, SI Ron (Crazy Soup Man)-12/27/2019
1386The Jovin murder is for better or worse on "everyone's" list of toJeffrey S. Mitchell112/27/2019
1385Wow, very nice video here. I hope you catch this person or persons! I have beealwaysbmiki-5/6/2019
1384Re: 12/4/2018 -- YouTube: The Green Jacket Killer: The Unsolved Murder Of Yale SJeffrey S. Mitchell112/4/2018
1383Re: 12/4/2018 -- GoFundMe: Justice for Suzanne Jovin [graphic] Justice for MurJeffrey S. Mitchell-12/4/2018
1382Re: 12/3/2018 -- New Haven Register: Forum: There is hope Suzanne Jovin’s killerJeffrey S. Mitchell-12/4/2018
1381Re: 12/2/2018 -- New Haven Register: Jovin murder mystery continues 20 years latJeffrey S. Mitchell-12/4/2018
1380The Jovin murder is now on pretty much every "Top X Unsolved Murders" Jeffrey S. Mitchell-10/30/2018
1379It’s been a while since I’ve posted any commentary here. So a few updates… 1. WJeffrey S. Mitchell-10/5/2017
1378Re: 9/7/2017 - CT FOI Docket #FIC 2016-0865 [graphic] [graphic][graphic][graphiJeffrey S. Mitchell-9/27/2017
1377Re: 9/26/2017 - Hartford Courant: Strong Push On To Solve 1998 Slaying Of Yale SJeffrey S. Mitchell-9/26/2017
1376Strong Push On To Solve 1998 Slaying Of Yale Student Suzanne Jovin courant.comTom Clarke-9/26/2017
1375In memory of Michelle McNamara (wife of actor and comedian Patton Oswalt) Back Jeffrey S. Mitchell-11/5/2016
1374"Only when an entity of equal or greater stature applies pressure on them wSJ Cold Case-7/29/2016
1373What is to be done?Good question. If you read the archives, you'll see a bunJeffrey S. Mitchell-7/28/2016
1372If Yale just wants Suzanne's murder story to go away and police don't wSJ Cold Case-7/28/2016
1371The IP address(es) I would be looking for posted here in 2000 quite a bit. The SJ Cold Case-7/27/2016
1370Would scent dogs be able to identify another person from Suzanne's clothing SJ Cold Case-7/27/2016
1369Jeff, I can't be too careful here, and have sent you a PM. Although I sincSJ Cold Case-7/27/2016
1368I believe that Suzanne's killer may have made multiple posts in this thread.Jeffrey S. Mitchell-7/27/2016
1367Jeffrey - thank you for your dedication to this case and for this SI thread thatSJ Cold Case-7/26/2016
1366I agree with everything you wrote except the last sentence: "That's whyJeffrey S. Mitchell-3/17/2016
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