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Join Scott Fuller as he conducts on-the-ground investigations of a new mystery each season. Cases covered include the disappearances of Amy Wroe Bechtel, Ayla Reynolds, and Jodi Huisentruit.

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Join Scott Fuller as he conducts on-the-ground investigations of a new mystery each season. Cases covered include the disappearances of Amy Wroe Bechtel, Ayla Reynolds, and Jodi Huisentruit.

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Season 3: A Listen Worth Hearing!

By Nike Noodle - May 06 2020
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Season 3 is so well done! Thank you!!

Started listening.

By Light worker 73 - Oct 01 2019
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I love investigative podcasts. There are some others that could use this format. Excellent work.

iTunes Ratings

515 Ratings
Average Ratings
428
41
16
10
20

Season 3: A Listen Worth Hearing!

By Nike Noodle - May 06 2020
Read more
Season 3 is so well done! Thank you!!

Started listening.

By Light worker 73 - Oct 01 2019
Read more
I love investigative podcasts. There are some others that could use this format. Excellent work.
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Frozen Truth

Latest release on May 20, 2020

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Join Scott Fuller as he conducts on-the-ground investigations of a new mystery each season. Cases covered include the disappearances of Amy Wroe Bechtel, Ayla Reynolds, and Jodi Huisentruit.

Rank #1: Season 3, Episode 1 – Trouble In River City

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Jodi Huisentruit disappeared from Mason City, Iowa on her way to work in June 1995.

Jodi’s case will be the subject of Season 3. New episodes will be released bi-weekly on Sundays.

Special thanks to Christine Penhale (TheTrueCrimeFiles.com) and James Wilcox (KETV, Omaha) for their time in this episode.

Nov 25 2018

21mins

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Rank #2: Season 1, Episode 3 – Lander SAR

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Lander, Wyoming is a great place to get lost. It’s home to some of the best search and rescue volunteers in the country.

Despite a 10-day initial search involving hundreds of volunteers, dogs, aerial support and the latest technology, Amy Wroe Bechtel was never found.

My guest on this episode is Dr. John Gookin, Ph.d

He was the Operations Chief and Deputy Incident Commander for the Amy Wroe Bechtel search in 1997.

He’s also the Curriculum & Research Manager for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, which instructs thousands of students each year in leadership and outdoor skills.

Mar 18 2018

35mins

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Rank #3: Season 3, Episode 9 – Data Points

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What is yet to be discovered about the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit from Mason City, Iowa in 1995?

Feb 17 2019

59mins

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Rank #4: Season 2, Episode 1 – Baby Ayla

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20-month-old Ayla Reynolds disappeared from her father’s home in Waterville, Maine a week before Christmas in 2011.

Ayla has never been found.

In Season 2 of Frozen Truth, we’ll seek answers for Ayla, Ayla’s family and for the rest of us.

We’ll also pursue understanding into why no charges have been filed in Ayla’s disappearance, how she came to be placed in a vulnerable situation in the first place, and where the investigation is today.

Jun 24 2018

35mins

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Rank #5: Season 3, Episode 6 – The Last Time I Saw Jodi

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Tamara (Tammy) Baker spent a weekend with Jodi Huisentruit in June 1995 on a lake in Iowa City, Iowa. The friends water skied during the day, and the enjoyed the college town night life after dark.

Jodi disappeared the following Tuesday.

Here’s Tamara’s account of Jodi Huisentruit’s final weekend, and of her interactions with the man police have believed could be responsible for Jodi’s disappearance.

Jan 27 2019

27mins

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Rank #6: Season 3, Episode 2 – Limelight

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There’s a dark side to television reporting that few watching are aware of.

Could Jodi Huisentruit’s abduction be related to her profession as an on-air media personality?

Dec 09 2018

22mins

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Rank #7: Season 3, Episode 7 – Tony Jackson (Part 1)

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At the time Jodi Huisentruit disappeared Tony Jackson lived two blocks from KIMT-TV in Mason City, where Jodi worked.

Two years later Jackson violently raped four women in the Minneapolis area.

One of the officer’s responsible for arresting Jackson in Minnesota was Jay Alberio. He joins me on this episode. He, and others, have contended that Jackson should be seriously considered by authorities in Iowa for Jodi’s disappearance in 1995.

Feb 03 2019

25mins

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Rank #8: Season 3, Episode 8 – Tony Jackson (Part 2)

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At the time Jodi Huisentruit disappeared Tony Jackson lived two blocks from KIMT-TV in Mason City, where Jodi worked.

Two years later Jackson violently raped four women in the Minneapolis area. He was later connected by DNA to a total of six rapes in Iowa and Minnesota.

One of the officer’s responsible for arresting Jackson in Minnesota was Jay Alberio. He joins me on this episode. He and others have contended that Jackson should be seriously considered by authorities in Iowa for Jodi’s disappearance in 1995.

This is the second part of our analysis of Tony Jackson’s possible connection to Jodi’s disappearance. If you haven’t already done so, please go back and listen to Part 1 of this episode first.

Feb 10 2019

28mins

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Rank #9: Season 1, Episode 5 – Cold Case File

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This week I’m in Lander, Wyoming to speak with the lead investigator on the Amy Wroe Bechtel disappearance; Detective Sgt. John Zerga of the Fremont County Sheriff’s office.

This episode is the Season 1 finale of Frozen Truth. Thank you all for listening to Amy’s case.

Apr 01 2018

45mins

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Rank #10: Season 3, Episode 10 – Mason City

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I spent this last week of March 2019 in Mason City, where I was able to speak with some of those most closely involved with the Jodi Huisentruit case.

The only witness in the case isn’t really an eye-witness to the crime at all. Randy Linderman was driving to work early that morning Jodi disappeared. He says he saw a white van appearing to idle in Jodi’s small apartment parking lot sometime before she disappeared. You’ll hear Mr. Linderman’s account of that morning in this episode.

My thanks to Chief Jeff Brinkley and the Mason City Police Department for their time and accommodation during my time in Iowa this week.

Additional thanks to KETV reporter and anchor James Wilcox for his assistance in this episode.

Thank you for listening to Season 3 of Frozen Truth. We’re not quite done yet; we will have one more regular feed episode to release next week.

Mar 23 2019

36mins

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Rank #11: Season 1, Episode 4 – Long Gone Girl

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My guest on this episode is Jon Billman, who authored this excellent piece on Amy’s disappearance in 2016.

His was among the first to detail the possible connection of Dale Wayne Eaton.

Mar 25 2018

28mins

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Rank #12: Season 3, Episode 5 – Is It You?

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Mason City, Iowa police have never named a suspect in the 1995 disappearance of television news anchor Jodi Huisentruit, but they have ruled a few people out.

One of those men ruled out by authorities in Jodi’s case was a violent serial rapist who stalked some of his victims before attacking them in their own homes. That man, 21 year-old Tony Jackson, lived two blocks from KIMT-TV in Mason City at the time Jodi vanished.

Some question what information police have kept quiet about Jackson that led to him being quickly ruled out as a possible suspect in the Huisentruit case.

Caroline Lowe broke the story of Jackson’s possible link to the Jodi Huisentruit disappearance for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis three years later in 1998. She joins me on this episode to discuss her research and reporting on Jackson. We also discuss another man often suspected in Jodi’s disappearance, local seed dealer John Vansice, and examine a third possibility in the case: that someone else, previously unknown, is actually the person responsible for one of Iowa’s most notorious abductions.

Jan 20 2019

49mins

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Rank #13: Season 3, Episode 11 – Jodi’s Network of Hope

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In this episode you’ll hear from Candy Host, Chairman of the Board of Jodi’s Network of Hope, which is is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation founded in 2005 on the 10 year anniversary of Jodi’s abduction. The group promotes positive educational opportunities for students and supports safety training and awareness.

In this episode you’ll also hear from Joe Vigil, who worked with Jodi at the campus television station when they were attending St. Cloud State University together, and then in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1992.

Mar 31 2019

39mins

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Rank #14: Season 3, Episode 3 – Correlation and Causation

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There are no shortage of leads to follow in Jodi Huisentruit’s disappearance.

Early on, the FBI and local investigators wondered if her disappearance might be related to other unsolved murders of young women in north Iowa.

Dec 23 2018

19mins

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Rank #15: Season 2, Episode 2 – The Microscope

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The media coverage of Ayla’s disappearance was intense.

Rob Poindexter joins me on this episode.

At the time Ayla disappeared, Rob was the Central Maine Bureau Chief for WABI TV5. His office was on Main Street in Waterville.

Jul 01 2018

28mins

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Dale Wayne Eaton Legal Developments

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Going back to our Season 1 case; the 1997 disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel.

There's been a long-awaited legal development relating to Dale Wayne Eaton, a possible suspect in Amy's case.

This short update episode provides the latest...

(For more on the Lisa Marie Kimmell case, and other coverage of Eaton, see my latest podcast productions for 'Dead & Gone In Wyoming', which is available wherever you listen to podcasts.)

Support Frozen Truth in Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/frozentruth

May 20 2020

11mins

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Bonus: The D.B. Cooper Episode (My good friend Darren Schaefer)

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By popular demand, our D.B. Cooper episode.

Darren Schaefer joined me last year to discuss his impressive podcast "The Cooper Vortex".

https://thecoopervortex.podbean.com

May 09 2020

54mins

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Introducing: The Dating Game Killer

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In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of - The Dating Game Killer.

Subscribe today: wondery.fm/frozentruthDGK

Mar 05 2020

9mins

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Important Frozen Truth Announcement

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For those of you who have followed along with our Season 3 investigation, I wanted you to be the first to know this news.

Jan 31 2020

8mins

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Season 3, Episode 14 - Vandalism

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On New Year's Eve, a billboard in Mason City meant to raise awareness of Jodi Huisentruit's unsolved 1995 abduction was vandalized.

Two men were involved in spray painting the name of a former Mason City police officer and the words "machine shed" on the billboard.

Was this a random act of vandalism?

Or does it have something to do with the case?

Jan 06 2020

17mins

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Season 3 Update - Steve Ridge

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Jodi Huisentruit's name has appeared in local media quite a bit lately, mostly due to the research of consultant Steve Ridge.

In this update episode, Steve joins me to discuss his newly public work on the Jodi case and topics ranging from a video taken of Jodi the weekend before she vanished, to the drug scene in Iowa at the time.

(Here is the mentioned article Gary Peterson wrote in 2008 about Billy Pruin's death: https://www.findjodi.com/death-case-possibly-connected-to-the-huisentruit-case/ )

Stay listening through the end of the episode for a preview of an excellent new podcast from Wondery and the L.A. Times, "Detective Trapp"

Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs -- as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Santa Ana. Trapp embarks on a dark journey that brings her face to face with a man who takes “a little piece of her soul.”

Listen now at Wondery.fm/TrappFrozenTruth

Nov 19 2019

51mins

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Season 3, Episode 13 - The Day Of

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More than 100 people lived in the apartment complex where TV news anchor Jodi Huisentruit disappeared in June 1995. I've been in the process of trying to locate as many of them as possible - now 25 years later - to ask them what they remember about the days and weeks leading up to her abduction.

You'll hear from two of those neighbors in this episode.

Nov 14 2019

43mins

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Season 3, Episode 12 - The Morning Walk

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For years, nobody knew about LaDonna Woodford.

Nobody knew that, after Jodi Huisentruit disappeared and while speculation swirled about the possible involvement of John Vansice in the case, LaDonna was called to testify before a grand jury.

Her testimony to the grand jury was a secret she'd been keeping from nearly everyone since the morning of June 27, 1995:

She knew where John Vansice was on the morning Jodi disappeared.

In this episode, you'll hear LaDonna's story.

Oct 06 2019

30mins

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Season 1, Episode 6 - The Journals

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I'm happy to resume our coverage of Amy Wroe Bechtel's disappearance from Lander, Wyoming in 1997. New Season 1 episodes are on the way! Over the next weeks and months, we'll dive even deeper into Amy's case, speaking with the people who knew her and the case.

In this episode, I speak with Amy's brother Nels Wroe. He shares his concerns about Amy and Steve's relationship, and recounts what it's been like to search for answers to what happened to his younger sister 22 years ago.

(By the way, my full conversation with Nels is available right now to Patreon supporters: www.Patreon.com/FrozenTruth)

And please stay tuned to the end of the episode for a special preview of a new podcast I'm listening to from Wondery...

What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life, with our hosts, Oscar nominated Virginia Madsen and celebrated voice actor Robbie Daymond. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John. Listen now at www.wondery.fm/frozen

Sep 06 2019

43mins

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Season 1 Update - Execution Leverage

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Natrona County, Wyoming District Attorney Dan Itzen has announced that his office will continue to pursue the death penalty against convicted murderer Dale Wayne Eaton.

In 1988, Eaton abducted and killed 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell as she drove from Colorado to Cody, Wyoming. He was not connected to the murder until his DNA was matched in 2004, leading to his arrest and conviction. A jury subsequently sentenced him to death.

Eaton, 74, has been appealing his conviction and sentence for the past 15 years.

In 2013, the the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in Lander, Wyoming announced information they’d received that may implicate Eaton in the 1997 disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel.
Frozen Truth covered Amy’s case in Season 1.

Aug 21 2019

6mins

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Season 3, Episode 11 – Jodi’s Network of Hope

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In this episode you’ll hear from Candy Host, Chairman of the Board of Jodi’s Network of Hope, which is is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation founded in 2005 on the 10 year anniversary of Jodi’s abduction. The group promotes positive educational opportunities for students and supports safety training and awareness.

In this episode you’ll also hear from Joe Vigil, who worked with Jodi at the campus television station when they were attending St. Cloud State University together, and then in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1992.

Mar 31 2019

39mins

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Season 3, Episode 10 – Mason City

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I spent this last week of March 2019 in Mason City, where I was able to speak with some of those most closely involved with the Jodi Huisentruit case.

The only witness in the case isn’t really an eye-witness to the crime at all. Randy Linderman was driving to work early that morning Jodi disappeared. He says he saw a white van appearing to idle in Jodi’s small apartment parking lot sometime before she disappeared. You’ll hear Mr. Linderman’s account of that morning in this episode.

My thanks to Chief Jeff Brinkley and the Mason City Police Department for their time and accommodation during my time in Iowa this week.

Additional thanks to KETV reporter and anchor James Wilcox for his assistance in this episode.

Thank you for listening to Season 3 of Frozen Truth. We’re not quite done yet; we will have one more regular feed episode to release next week.

Mar 23 2019

36mins

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Season 3, Episode 9 – Data Points

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What is yet to be discovered about the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit from Mason City, Iowa in 1995?

Feb 17 2019

59mins

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Season 3, Episode 8 – Tony Jackson (Part 2)

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At the time Jodi Huisentruit disappeared Tony Jackson lived two blocks from KIMT-TV in Mason City, where Jodi worked.

Two years later Jackson violently raped four women in the Minneapolis area. He was later connected by DNA to a total of six rapes in Iowa and Minnesota.

One of the officer’s responsible for arresting Jackson in Minnesota was Jay Alberio. He joins me on this episode. He and others have contended that Jackson should be seriously considered by authorities in Iowa for Jodi’s disappearance in 1995.

This is the second part of our analysis of Tony Jackson’s possible connection to Jodi’s disappearance. If you haven’t already done so, please go back and listen to Part 1 of this episode first.

Feb 10 2019

28mins

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Season 3, Episode 7 – Tony Jackson (Part 1)

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At the time Jodi Huisentruit disappeared Tony Jackson lived two blocks from KIMT-TV in Mason City, where Jodi worked.

Two years later Jackson violently raped four women in the Minneapolis area.

One of the officer’s responsible for arresting Jackson in Minnesota was Jay Alberio. He joins me on this episode. He, and others, have contended that Jackson should be seriously considered by authorities in Iowa for Jodi’s disappearance in 1995.

Feb 03 2019

25mins

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Season 3, Episode 6 – The Last Time I Saw Jodi

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Tamara (Tammy) Baker spent a weekend with Jodi Huisentruit in June 1995 on a lake in Iowa City, Iowa. The friends water skied during the day, and the enjoyed the college town night life after dark.

Jodi disappeared the following Tuesday.

Here’s Tamara’s account of Jodi Huisentruit’s final weekend, and of her interactions with the man police have believed could be responsible for Jodi’s disappearance.

Jan 27 2019

27mins

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Season 3, Episode 5 – Is It You?

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Mason City, Iowa police have never named a suspect in the 1995 disappearance of television news anchor Jodi Huisentruit, but they have ruled a few people out.

One of those men ruled out by authorities in Jodi’s case was a violent serial rapist who stalked some of his victims before attacking them in their own homes. That man, 21 year-old Tony Jackson, lived two blocks from KIMT-TV in Mason City at the time Jodi vanished.

Some question what information police have kept quiet about Jackson that led to him being quickly ruled out as a possible suspect in the Huisentruit case.

Caroline Lowe broke the story of Jackson’s possible link to the Jodi Huisentruit disappearance for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis three years later in 1998. She joins me on this episode to discuss her research and reporting on Jackson. We also discuss another man often suspected in Jodi’s disappearance, local seed dealer John Vansice, and examine a third possibility in the case: that someone else, previously unknown, is actually the person responsible for one of Iowa’s most notorious abductions.

Jan 20 2019

49mins

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Season 3, Episode 4 – MCPD

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It took three days for the Mason City Police Department to declare the Jodi Huisentruit disappearance an abduction.

Since then, the department’s investigation into one of Iowa’s most notorious cold cases has been thwarted by strange twists and turns.

Jan 06 2019

25mins

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Season 3, Episode 3 – Correlation and Causation

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There are no shortage of leads to follow in Jodi Huisentruit’s disappearance.

Early on, the FBI and local investigators wondered if her disappearance might be related to other unsolved murders of young women in north Iowa.

Dec 23 2018

19mins

Play

Season 3, Episode 2 – Limelight

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There’s a dark side to television reporting that few watching are aware of.

Could Jodi Huisentruit’s abduction be related to her profession as an on-air media personality?

Dec 09 2018

22mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

515 Ratings
Average Ratings
428
41
16
10
20

Season 3: A Listen Worth Hearing!

By Nike Noodle - May 06 2020
Read more
Season 3 is so well done! Thank you!!

Started listening.

By Light worker 73 - Oct 01 2019
Read more
I love investigative podcasts. There are some others that could use this format. Excellent work.