APRIL TINSLEY ////// 07

Episode 7 - April Tinsley & the search for her killer 

        On Good Friday, 1988 eight year old April Tinsley is playing in her neighborhood when she is grabbed and abducted. Her lifeless body would be discovered the following Monday. The police officers of Fort Wayne, Indiana have plenty of evidence but no suspects. Nic and the good captian discuss this case and review all of the evidence with you.

26 comments

  • Stefanie Baltzell

    Stefanie Baltzell Denver, CO

    I just finished listening to the April Tinsley episode and I wanted to reach out to say thank you for covering her story. I was friends with April. We both sang in the children’s choir at Faith United Methodist church and lived in the same neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I was 8yrs old, and the oldest of three girls, at the time of the abduction/rape/murder. April’s death very much changed my childhood. I remember talking to various adults in our community at the time about what had happened: the police, a counselor, and of course, my parents. However, no one would really tell me what actually happened. Since I was so young, I did not understand what people were capable of. Listening to your podcast as a 35 year old mother of a three year old little boy, the full impact of what really happened to April left me shocked and disgusted. I truly hope that one day this terrible crime will be solved and the perpetrator will be brought to justice. Thank you again for putting April’s story out there so that she is not forgotten.

    I just finished listening to the April Tinsley episode and I wanted to reach out to say thank you for covering her story. I was friends with April. We both sang in the children’s choir at Faith United Methodist church and lived in the same neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I was 8yrs old, and the oldest of three girls, at the time of the abduction/rape/murder. April’s death very much changed my childhood. I remember talking to various adults in our community at the time about what had happened: the police, a counselor, and of course, my parents. However, no one would really tell me what actually happened. Since I was so young, I did not understand what people were capable of. Listening to your podcast as a 35 year old mother of a three year old little boy, the full impact of what really happened to April left me shocked and disgusted. I truly hope that one day this terrible crime will be solved and the perpetrator will be brought to justice. Thank you again for putting April’s story out there so that she is not forgotten.

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    True Crime Garage

    Stefanie, I am so sorry that you lost a friend. April's case is such a sad one. Everyone should band together and bring this dispicable thing to court and put him in a cage where he belongs. The only words that i can offer is God is watching us, God knows and the monster that hurt April, will not be sitting with her or us when our time comes.

    Stefanie, I am so sorry that you lost a friend. April's case is such a sad one. Everyone should band together and bring this dispicable thing to court and put him in a cage where he belongs. The only words that i can offer is God is watching us, God knows and the monster that hurt April, will not be sitting with her or us when our time comes.

  • Kelly

    Kelly Baltimore, MD.

    This is one of my pet cases and I'm glad to see it getting some coverage. It's frustrating that there is enough evidence to convict someone but it hasn't gone anywhere.

    This is one of my pet cases and I'm glad to see it getting some coverage. It's frustrating that there is enough evidence to convict someone but it hasn't gone anywhere.

  • Kelly

    Kelly Baltimore, MD.

    Have to say though, you missed a big part of evidence - April was found with only one of her shoes. On the barn message, the killer wrote, "Did you find the other shoe?" That part of the barn message hasn't been highly publicized for whatever reason but it's visible in some videos on news broadcasts.

    Have to say though, you missed a big part of evidence - April was found with only one of her shoes. On the barn message, the killer wrote, "Did you find the other shoe?" That part of the barn message hasn't been highly publicized for whatever reason but it's visible in some videos on news broadcasts.

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    Kelly thanks for listening. I believe that was apart of our notes but sometimes it's hard to get to every detail during show. But I agree we should of brought that up.

    Kelly thanks for listening. I believe that was apart of our notes but sometimes it's hard to get to every detail during show. But I agree we should of brought that up.

  • Kelly

    Kelly Baltimore, MD.

    No problem! It just is another way to verify that the barn message is legit - no one else but the killer, and law enforcement, would have known she was missing a shoe.

    No problem!

    It just is another way to verify that the barn message is legit - no one else but the killer, and law enforcement, would have known she was missing a shoe.

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    True Crime Garage

    Very interesting point of the case. Make sure you submit a question for the bonus Q&A show!!! Much love Captain

    Very interesting point of the case. Make sure you submit a question for the bonus Q&A show!!! Much love
    Captain

  • Haley

    Haley Dallas TX

    Hey where are the pictures you guys say you are going to post? Lol. Thanks!

    Hey where are the pictures you guys say you are going to post? Lol.

    Thanks!

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    I need to get on that. Sorry

    I need to get on that. Sorry

  • Emily

    Emily

    I noticed there was a lot of focus in the podcast on how the killer wrote the letter "p". By your description, it reminded me of my high school art classes when we were being taught how to do caligraphy. Writing letters without lifting your pen is one of the first lessons I learned in my art class. I've also seen this when teachers try to teach younger kids old-school cursive writing. This makes me think that the killer could be someone with an art background or someone who has taught cursive writing (like an elementary school teacher, aid, or tutor). This could explain how the killer got to know April and the other victims that he taunted. Maybe this is a stretch, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to share my thoughts. PSA- No I don't think teachers are bad people and have nothing against them. I have nothing but high regard for those who chose that profession and had considered at one time be a teacher at one point, but decided I had neither the nerves or patience the job requires. I really hope no one is offended by my comment.

    I noticed there was a lot of focus in the podcast on how the killer wrote the letter "p". By your description, it reminded me of my high school art classes when we were being taught how to do caligraphy. Writing letters without lifting your pen is one of the first lessons I learned in my art class. I've also seen this when teachers try to teach younger kids old-school cursive writing. This makes me think that the killer could be someone with an art background or someone who has taught cursive writing (like an elementary school teacher, aid, or tutor). This could explain how the killer got to know April and the other victims that he taunted. Maybe this is a stretch, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to share my thoughts.

    PSA- No I don't think teachers are bad people and have nothing against them. I have nothing but high regard for those who chose that profession and had considered at one time be a teacher at one point, but decided I had neither the nerves or patience the job requires. I really hope no one is offended by my comment.

  • Buttsy

    Buttsy Baltimore

    Hello dudes! I have been listening to your old episodes and this one does it not have a streaming or download option. Am I missing something? Thank you!

    Hello dudes! I have been listening to your old episodes and this one does it not have a streaming or download option. Am I missing something? Thank you!

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    Buttsy all old episodes once taken off iTunes go into the store. Thanks for the support Captain

    Buttsy all old episodes once taken off iTunes go into the store. Thanks for the support
    Captain

  • Bobby G

    Bobby G Fort Smith, AR

    BREAKING NEWS: In May 2016 while working on another murder case (Steven Avery/Teresa Halback) I was deciphering a cryptic letter from that murder trial. My wife broke the code to deciphering the cryptic letter and we discovered who the real killer was. As we deciphered we discovered the author's name and some of the "clues" in the letter matched with "clues" in one of the 3 messages left in the April Tinsley case. I have just now deciphered the Tinsley "Hooney" letter (As I refer to it, because of the miss-spelled 2nd word.) and deciphered the killer's name, his alias name and another very EXPLOSIVE message! I have tied this letter with the Avery Trial Letter and another cryptic letter from another murder case. It is the same killer in all three cases. I would share this with the Fort Wayne PD, but for some reason police departments don't want to even see new evidence! This is very weird. If anyone else is interested in seeing my findings, email me and I will send you a link to a video I just put on YouTube that shows the deciphers from all three murder letters. my email is - bobbygoodwin44@gmail.com

    BREAKING NEWS: In May 2016 while working on another murder case (Steven Avery/Teresa Halback) I was deciphering a cryptic letter from that murder trial. My wife broke the code to deciphering the cryptic letter and we discovered who the real killer was. As we deciphered we discovered the author's name and some of the "clues" in the letter matched with "clues" in one of the 3 messages left in the April Tinsley case. I have just now deciphered the Tinsley "Hooney" letter (As I refer to it, because of the miss-spelled 2nd word.) and deciphered the killer's name, his alias name and another very EXPLOSIVE message! I have tied this letter with the Avery Trial Letter and another cryptic letter from another murder case. It is the same killer in all three cases. I would share this with the Fort Wayne PD, but for some reason police departments don't want to even see new evidence! This is very weird. If anyone else is interested in seeing my findings, email me and I will send you a link to a video I just put on YouTube that shows the deciphers from all three murder letters. my email is - bobbygoodwin44@gmail.com

  • Celine

    Celine Colorado

    Hi TCG! I love your podcasts, however I can't figure out where to go to hear your older podcasts. I see there's episodes 38-47 at the bottom of your website under "case episodes". Could you tell me how to find and listen to your older podcasts? Thanks! You guys are one of my favorite podcasts!

    Hi TCG! I love your podcasts, however I can't figure out where to go to hear your older podcasts. I see there's episodes 38-47 at the bottom of your website under "case episodes". Could you tell me how to find and listen to your older podcasts?

    Thanks! You guys are one of my favorite podcasts!

  • KR

    KR

    I know this episode is fairly old, but I'm from Fort Wayne so I thought I'd chime in on a theory posited about something in the letters. In the episode you speculate that the "07" after the part where the killer says he wants to see the letter reported on the local news refers to a local channel in Ohio. I think this is unlikely because Fort Wayne is a fairly large town and it has its own local channels rather than getting local channels and programming from other cities, and most of the smaller towns surrounding Fort Wayne get Fort Wayne channels rather than any channels from Ohio or any other cities in Indiana. If the killer was remotely local the local channels they'd get would be Fort Wayne channels and not Ohio channels.

    I know this episode is fairly old, but I'm from Fort Wayne so I thought I'd chime in on a theory posited about something in the letters. In the episode you speculate that the "07" after the part where the killer says he wants to see the letter reported on the local news refers to a local channel in Ohio. I think this is unlikely because Fort Wayne is a fairly large town and it has its own local channels rather than getting local channels and programming from other cities, and most of the smaller towns surrounding Fort Wayne get Fort Wayne channels rather than any channels from Ohio or any other cities in Indiana. If the killer was remotely local the local channels they'd get would be Fort Wayne channels and not Ohio channels.

  • Mark

    Mark Omaha,NE

    Where can I find these older episodes to listen to?

    Where can I find these older episodes to listen to?

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    Old episodes are available for purchase on iTunes and on our website's store page. On our page there's a couple for free

    Old episodes are available for purchase on iTunes and on our website's store page. On our page there's a couple for free

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    There was a lot of talk about April Tinsley and Amy Mihaljevic's murders being connected. Committed by the same killer. This seems unlikely... The perp sketches from eyewitness do not match, not even close. April's killer taunted the community. Amy's killer disappeared. April was probably spotted alone and grabbed. Amy was targeted. April's killer was a crazed sex maniac. Amy's killer was obsessed with attractive little girls and fell in love with them. He probably fed her, talked with her at length. She got scared as he got closer to his home. Very shortly after arriving home, things didn't go as he had planned. He would have killed her regardless but not that fast. He wrapped her body to dump it so he wouldn't have to see her more after death. He wanted to forget that this killing ever happened. April's killer never wants to forget.

    There was a lot of talk about April Tinsley and Amy Mihaljevic's murders being connected. Committed by the same killer. This seems unlikely... The perp sketches from eyewitness do not match, not even close. April's killer taunted the community. Amy's killer disappeared. April was probably spotted alone and grabbed. Amy was targeted. April's killer was a crazed sex maniac. Amy's killer was obsessed with attractive little girls and fell in love with them. He probably fed her, talked with her at length. She got scared as he got closer to his home. Very shortly after arriving home, things didn't go as he had planned. He would have killed her regardless but not that fast. He wrapped her body to dump it so he wouldn't have to see her more after death. He wanted to forget that this killing ever happened. April's killer never wants to forget.

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    How close does/did April's killer resemble the snapshot DNA composite? Nic

    How close does/did April's killer resemble the snapshot DNA composite?
    Nic

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    The thing that is so interesting about Amy's case is the missing items. Why were they not found with her body? Where could they be? One connection between the two cases that has always fascinated me, is we know a vehicle was used in both crimes. The girls were driven a good distance before disposed of. This obviously means the killer was at least 16. Eyewitnesses in both cases describe a man that could be or was old enough to be the father of each victim. The killer could not have been a boy and most likely was not even a teen but a grown man. Am I missing something? DOB 77???? Nic

    The thing that is so interesting about Amy's case is the missing items. Why were they not found with her body? Where could they be?
    One connection between the two cases that has always fascinated me, is we know a vehicle was used in both crimes. The girls were driven a good distance before disposed of. This obviously means the killer was at least 16. Eyewitnesses in both cases describe a man that could be or was old enough to be the father of each victim. The killer could not have been a boy and most likely was not even a teen but a grown man. Am I missing something? DOB 77????
    Nic

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    Thanks everyone for contributing to the discussion here at the blog. It's great to get our ideas out regarding these cases. From day 1 I was hoping to open up the lines of communication in any form. This has been a great start. Looking forward to more. Nic

    Thanks everyone for contributing to the discussion here at the blog. It's great to get our ideas out regarding these cases. From day 1 I was hoping to open up the lines of communication in any form. This has been a great start. Looking forward to more.
    Nic

  • Robyn

    Robyn Missouri

    I rarely remember to go and look at any of the pictures or evidence on line regarding these cases because I'm usually listening to the podcasts on the go. Now that he's been caught, I just looked at one of the letters and I think the ' 07' could be 'or' and a line of sorts just happens to meet up with the top of the 'r' in 'or'. Compare it to some of the other 'r's in the letter.

    I rarely remember to go and look at any of the pictures or evidence on line regarding these cases because I'm usually listening to the podcasts on the go. Now that he's been caught, I just looked at one of the letters and I think the ' 07' could be 'or' and a line of sorts just happens to meet up with the top of the 'r' in 'or'. Compare it to some of the other 'r's in the letter.

  • Jason S.

    Jason S. Kansas City, MO

    They finally caught the killer today. Now the family can sleep a little easier knowing that this monster is behind bars.

    They finally caught the killer today. Now the family can sleep a little easier knowing that this monster is behind bars.

  • Michael

    Michael Brooklyn Park, MN

    They caught the killer! The vile monster was nabbed by DNA evidence through a geneology website.

    They caught the killer! The vile monster was nabbed by DNA evidence through a geneology website.

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    True Crime Garage

    Such wonderful news! We to a look at the new info and the arrest on our new show Off the Record - on stitcher premium. Cheers to the detectives, officers and techs for their continued hard work all of these years. Nic

    Such wonderful news!
    We to a look at the new info and the arrest on our new show Off the Record - on stitcher premium.
    Cheers to the detectives, officers and techs for their continued hard work all of these years.
    Nic

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