Amy Mihaljevic - Suspects /// 345 /// 346

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  • RACHEL

    RACHEL O-H-I-O

    You can feel free to cover this case as much as you want. It was such a profound element in the emotional and intellectual development of so many of us kids from the area back when it happened. I still live near Bay as an adult, I get coffee on Nagle Rd. every morning, I drive past the plaza often when I am headed east and don't want to try to pull out onto Lake, so I take Wolf instead, and every time I do I think of Amy. I have told my kids the story so many times to illustrate the point that you can't be too trusting of anyone, and that not all perps look like a scary boogie man, and that not all crimes happen under the veil of darkness, so unfortunately, we can never let our guard down. It breaks my heart it's still unsolved. Thank you for the continued attention. I also am listening to Bill Huffman's latest episodes as well. I hope there is justice for little Amy soon.

    You can feel free to cover this case as much as you want. It was such a profound element in the emotional and intellectual development of so many of us kids from the area back when it happened. I still live near Bay as an adult, I get coffee on Nagle Rd. every morning, I drive past the plaza often when I am headed east and don't want to try to pull out onto Lake, so I take Wolf instead, and every time I do I think of Amy. I have told my kids the story so many times to illustrate the point that you can't be too trusting of anyone, and that not all perps look like a scary boogie man, and that not all crimes happen under the veil of darkness, so unfortunately, we can never let our guard down. It breaks my heart it's still unsolved. Thank you for the continued attention. I also am listening to Bill Huffman's latest episodes as well. I hope there is justice for little Amy soon.

  • Matt

    Matt Virginia

    For Dean Runkle, someone out there probably has a 1989-90 academic calendar from Dean Runkle's school district. If that Friday was was off-day or a half-day, that would be interesting to know. Also, it would be interesting to know if Runkle was in school that day (if it was a regular day), though that would involve private personnel records that may or may not even exist. For Kenneth Stanton, doesn't his experience fly in the face of your other hunch that Amy's abduction was possibly a first-time, maybe one-off event?

    For Dean Runkle, someone out there probably has a 1989-90 academic calendar from Dean Runkle's school district. If that Friday was was off-day or a half-day, that would be interesting to know. Also, it would be interesting to know if Runkle was in school that day (if it was a regular day), though that would involve private personnel records that may or may not even exist.

    For Kenneth Stanton, doesn't his experience fly in the face of your other hunch that Amy's abduction was possibly a first-time, maybe one-off event?

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    True Crime Garage

    You are correct Matt - if it was Stanton it does go against this being a One off. This could have been Stanton's only kill though. The other thing to is whoever the offender is they may have only committed one murder but they would have other crimes - maybe unreported or non-convictions but this guy has done other things. Stanton too would have been in and then out of the area in a short period of time - maybe about 1 year. This too could explain why there was never another abduction/murder matching this in the 216 area code. Cheers Nic

    You are correct Matt - if it was Stanton it does go against this being a One off. This could have been Stanton's only kill though. The other thing to is whoever the offender is they may have only committed one murder but they would have other crimes - maybe unreported or non-convictions but this guy has done other things. Stanton too would have been in and then out of the area in a short period of time - maybe about 1 year. This too could explain why there was never another abduction/murder matching this in the 216 area code.
    Cheers Nic

  • Ashley

    Ashley Illinois

    This may seem like a very obvious question, but were they able to rule out any of these suspects by showing their picture to the kids who saw him leave with Amy?

    This may seem like a very obvious question, but were they able to rule out any of these suspects by showing their picture to the kids who saw him leave with Amy?

  • Amanda

    Amanda OH

    I remember seeing the photos of Amy on the news. Stranger Danger was big with us growing up. I am younger than Amy would have been if she would have been alive but her abduction and murder still sit with me. My heart aches for her family. I also very familiar with Dean Runkle. Friends of mine had him for a teacher. I had the other teacher next to his classroom. I always felt he was an odd man, and I know friends who were creeped out by him but I have known many who liked him as a teacher so totally understand where you guys are coming from with the discussion for him. I hope Amy gets justice. Thanks for all you guys do! Much love to Nic and The Captain

    I remember seeing the photos of Amy on the news. Stranger Danger was big with us growing up. I am younger than Amy would have been if she would have been alive but her abduction and murder still sit with me. My heart aches for her family. I also very familiar with Dean Runkle. Friends of mine had him for a teacher. I had the other teacher next to his classroom.
    I always felt he was an odd man, and I know friends who were creeped out by him but I have known many who liked him as a teacher so totally understand where you guys are coming from with the discussion for him. I hope Amy gets justice. Thanks for all you guys do! Much love to Nic and The Captain

  • Kelly

    Kelly Los Angeles, CA

    Whoever took her from that shopping plaza probably felt comfortable going unrecognized there so he probably did not live or work in the area, just my two cents. Too risky if he was someone familiar in the community as people could have IDed him with her.

    Whoever took her from that shopping plaza probably felt comfortable going unrecognized there so he probably did not live or work in the area, just my two cents. Too risky if he was someone familiar in the community as people could have IDed him with her.

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    @ Ashley - that is a good question... The statements from every investigator and police chief that has spoke publicly about the status of the case have all basically said the same thing. It's a vague statement which is anyone that is known as a suspect in the public's eye - we are aware of. We have never felt that we have "our guy." They have also said until there is an arrest and conviction then no one is 100% cleared. My guess would be iron clad alibi would be the best way for them to move on from a suspect and they have repeatedly said the eyewitness descriptions are of a nondescript man and plus the two descriptions are slightly different. The ONLY portions that are the same are = a white male - likely 25 to 35 years old - full head of hair in front - 5 foot 7 to 10 Cheers Nic

    @ Ashley - that is a good question...
    The statements from every investigator and police chief that has spoke publicly about the status of the case have all basically said the same thing. It's a vague statement which is anyone that is known as a suspect in the public's eye - we are aware of. We have never felt that we have "our guy." They have also said until there is an arrest and conviction then no one is 100% cleared. My guess would be iron clad alibi would be the best way for them to move on from a suspect and they have repeatedly said the eyewitness descriptions are of a nondescript man and plus the two descriptions are slightly different. The ONLY portions that are the same are = a white male - likely 25 to 35 years old - full head of hair in front - 5 foot 7 to 10
    Cheers Nic

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    True Crime Garage

    @ Amanda - We thought it was only fair to pass along the good and the bad regarding former students statements regarding their "feelings" about DR. Nic

    @ Amanda - We thought it was only fair to pass along the good and the bad regarding former students statements regarding their "feelings" about DR.
    Nic

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    True Crime Garage

    @ Kelly - yes, I think you are spot on. You may have heard me on some other shows regarding my feelings about the suspect. I feel he is comfortable in that area, knows it some what but he picked that plaza and that area as he knew he would not be recognized by name, occupation or anything that would tie him to the abduction directly and individually. Cheers Nic

    @ Kelly - yes, I think you are spot on. You may have heard me on some other shows regarding my feelings about the suspect. I feel he is comfortable in that area, knows it some what but he picked that plaza and that area as he knew he would not be recognized by name, occupation or anything that would tie him to the abduction directly and individually.
    Cheers Nic

  • Jon

    Jon OH

    County road 1181 where they found her is a road that only runs a short distance. It's close to US 250 however unless you knew the area it's almost impossible to just run into. I am from Cleveland and live close to Ashland. It's like finding the rarest spot in Ohio. Runkle has connections to both areas. The curtain also looks kind of "farmy". I hate to accuse someone but I honestly think circumstantial evidence adds up. The sketch and the eye witness. I would like for the bay village police department to go on record and state Runkle is ruled out and why.

    County road 1181 where they found her is a road that only runs a short distance. It's close to US 250 however unless you knew the area it's almost impossible to just run into. I am from Cleveland and live close to Ashland. It's like finding the rarest spot in Ohio. Runkle has connections to both areas. The curtain also looks kind of "farmy". I hate to accuse someone but I honestly think circumstantial evidence adds up. The sketch and the eye witness. I would like for the bay village police department to go on record and state Runkle is ruled out and why.

  • Jon

    Jon OH

    Assumption based on Runkles possible old house which I won't post, is 4.5 miles away from where Amy was left. If this house is correct there is an old barn behind the home. Looks secluded.

    Assumption based on Runkles possible old house which I won't post, is 4.5 miles away from where Amy was left. If this house is correct there is an old barn behind the home. Looks secluded.

  • mG

    mG

    Springfield Three, Austin Yogurt Shop Murders, and this case, the epitome of rabbit holes. I think cases in which the perp is most likely dead just are lessons in futility. But then the Golden State killer is nabbed some three decades later and we realize that sometimes staying at it is all worthwhile. Keep beating the bushes and hopefully someday all of these mysteries will be revealed.

    Springfield Three, Austin Yogurt Shop Murders, and this case, the epitome of rabbit holes. I think cases in which the perp is most likely dead just are lessons in futility. But then the Golden State killer is nabbed some three decades later and we realize that sometimes staying at it is all worthwhile. Keep beating the bushes and hopefully someday all of these mysteries will be revealed.

  • J

    J Cleveland

    Is anyone checking out the retired Avon fire chief that was recently busted for child porn ? At least check him out?

    Is anyone checking out the retired Avon fire chief that was recently busted for child porn ?
    At least check him out?

  • J

    J Ohio

    I really thought it was probably the horse farm guy but the one detective is adamant about it not being him, I'm sure they have their reasons for that. Idk, too many possibilities and not enough to go on, gonna sound redundant/obvious here but too bad they don't have more info to go on. The entire thing just seems unlikely, Amy called this person a friend, not mom's friend or dad's friend or this guy, or this lady. I keep going back to how blatant this guy was, across the street from the PD, in public, this was a guy who was close enough that he wasn't going to have a problem even if something went wrong with his plan, a real stranger could not have been that sure that he wasn't getting set up, how would he know that unless he really knew Amy'a mother. So what person could get sort-of caught here and get out of it because of who he is ? This is someone that knew the mother, so for me these two things the person has to fit these two things. Seems likely that he knows the mother pretty well and that the mother would actually have believed that story if he were caught. Who would that be?

    I really thought it was probably the horse farm guy but the one detective is adamant about it not being him, I'm sure they have their reasons for that.

    Idk, too many possibilities and not enough to go on, gonna sound redundant/obvious here but too bad they don't have more info to go on. The entire thing just seems unlikely, Amy called this person a friend, not mom's friend or dad's friend or this guy, or this lady.

    I keep going back to how blatant this guy was, across the street from the PD, in public, this was a guy who was close enough that he wasn't going to have a problem even if something went wrong with his plan, a real stranger could not have been that sure that he wasn't getting set up, how would he know that unless he really knew Amy'a mother. So what person could get sort-of caught here and get out of it because of who he is ? This is someone that knew the mother, so for me these two things the person has to fit these two things.

    Seems likely that he knows the mother pretty well and that the mother would actually have believed that story if he were caught. Who would that be?

  • J

    J Ohio

    It seems, likely that he knows the mother pretty well and that the mother would actually have believed that story if he were caught. Who would that be? If I had to start from scratch I'd want suspects that match the following. Will try not to ramble on too much... Must know the mother pretty well. Knows a lot about Amy but has never met her. Probably knows a lot about her brother , probably never met him but perhaps he could have. Probably knows the father's schedule to some detail, which must mean he's in contact with the mother on a regular basis. May be known by adults around town but not so much by children. Hate to say this but what guy is the mother this close with? I get that their marriage was on the rocks but was she having an affair at the time or what? If so who is it because that could very well be your guy, someone has to know this info. This isn't random there were too many points where this could have failed for it to be that random, risk vs reward for the killer was terrible if it were just a random thing. His chances were probably better just surprising her at the abduction point, that's why they do it that way right ? This guy was close to the mother, sorry to the family for saying this but what the hell else could it be.

    It seems, likely that he knows the mother pretty well and that the mother would actually have believed that story if he were caught. Who would that be?

    If I had to start from scratch I'd want suspects that match the following.

    Will try not to ramble on too much...

    Must know the mother pretty well.

    Knows a lot about Amy but has never met her.

    Probably knows a lot about her brother , probably never met him but perhaps he could have.

    Probably knows the father's schedule to some detail, which must mean he's in contact with the mother on a regular basis.

    May be known by adults around town but not so much by children.

    Hate to say this but what guy is the mother this close with?

    I get that their marriage was on the rocks but was she having an affair at the time or what? If so who is it because that could very well be your guy, someone has to know this info.

    This isn't random there were too many points where this could have failed for it to be that random, risk vs reward for the killer was terrible if it were just a random thing. His chances were probably better just surprising her at the abduction point, that's why they do it that way right ?

    This guy was close to the mother, sorry to the family for saying this but what the hell else could it be.

  • Eric

    Eric Chicago

    What’s the bumper song in this episode?

    What’s the bumper song in this episode?

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    Eric • Chicago New music is created every week for the show by the Captain. Some of the music is available on Apple Music or other music services. Cheers

    Eric • Chicago

    New music is created every week for the show by the Captain. Some of the music is available on Apple Music or other music services. Cheers

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