Jodi Huisentruit /// 208 /// 209

28 comments

  • Ben

    Ben Iowa

    Hey guys, I'm so glad you guys are doing this case. I'm also a little freaked out, because litey just now, I was in my kitchen talking to my wife about how you guys should do this case. And I went to your website to message you and recommend you do it, and saw you were doing it. I don't know how this happened! Either way, I'm stoked to hear it!!

    Hey guys,

    I'm so glad you guys are doing this case. I'm also a little freaked out, because litey just now, I was in my kitchen talking to my wife about how you guys should do this case. And I went to your website to message you and recommend you do it, and saw you were doing it. I don't know how this happened! Either way, I'm stoked to hear it!!

  • Emily

    Emily Mason City, Iowa

    I'm a relatively recent fan of your podcast and was so glad to see that you have covered this case. I grew up in Mason City and have looked into the case several times. You guys presented facts -like the toilet seat-that I had never encountered before. As someone who has personally met Amy - I completely reject the idea that she could've been involved in Jodi's abduction/murder. I have thought for sometime that this case deserved a podcast - thank you for covering it. Jodi has been gone for many years, but she has not been forgotten by the Mason City community. Every time I go by the Key Apartments I wonder what happened to her and where she is now. I hope this podcast sparks someone's interest and maybe even bring Jodi's family closure.

    I'm a relatively recent fan of your podcast and was so glad to see that you have covered this case. I grew up in Mason City and have looked into the case several times. You guys presented facts -like the toilet seat-that I had never encountered before. As someone who has personally met Amy - I completely reject the idea that she could've been involved in Jodi's abduction/murder. I have thought for sometime that this case deserved a podcast - thank you for covering it. Jodi has been gone for many years, but she has not been forgotten by the Mason City community. Every time I go by the Key Apartments I wonder what happened to her and where she is now. I hope this podcast sparks someone's interest and maybe even bring Jodi's family closure.

  • Louise H

    Louise H Michigan

    Great job on this one guys. I've followed this case for a long time and really don't have a strong feeling about what went down. On the surface, Vansice does look like a good suspect, but why would he need to grab her in the parking lot. Since he had a friendship with her he could have attacked and disposed of her in a much less risky manner because she would have gone off alone with him - to his home, on his boat, and so on. Right in front of her apartment? I'm slightly leaning to an unknown stalker who waited for her.

    Great job on this one guys. I've followed this case for a long time and really don't have a strong feeling about what went down. On the surface, Vansice does look like a good suspect, but why would he need to grab her in the parking lot. Since he had a friendship with her he could have attacked and disposed of her in a much less risky manner because she would have gone off alone with him - to his home, on his boat, and so on. Right in front of her apartment? I'm slightly leaning to an unknown stalker who waited for her.

  • Whitney

    Whitney Arkansas

    So here's a possibility on the briefcase: If Jodi was carrying it when she was attacked at her car, she might have used it to attempt to defend herself. The perpetrator might have taken it because he (I'm assuming it was a man) was worried about fingerprints or other evidence that might have been left on the briefcase.

    So here's a possibility on the briefcase: If Jodi was carrying it when she was attacked at her car, she might have used it to attempt to defend herself. The perpetrator might have taken it because he (I'm assuming it was a man) was worried about fingerprints or other evidence that might have been left on the briefcase.

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Good thought Whitney! Nic

    Good thought Whitney!
    Nic

  • LIsa

    LIsa Iowa

    So, just listened and here is where i land. I agree with Captain, I think there was another man at her apartment that night. She may have stopped to watch the birthday video and then headed home to meet this other man. Perhaps the reason no one else knew about this other man is that he was married. So, John gets worked up with either suspicion that she is with another man or maybe she even told him she had someone coming over. Goes to her house, beats on the door and says, "Jodi, open up I know you are in there". Maybe her and the other man don't answer the door in hopes that he will go away. Instead John gets very upset and waits for her in the parking lot. She gets the phone call at 4:10, other man leaves as she is leaving, John approaches her in the parking lot, she rejects him saying, "I'm late for work, I gotta go"and a struggle ensues. He gets her in his vehicle and takes her somewhere else where the perhaps in a fit of rage, he accidentally kills her. The reason the other man has never came forward?? He's married. Obviously, pure speculation. Thanks for doing such a great job on the podcast!!

    So, just listened and here is where i land. I agree with Captain, I think there was another man at her apartment that night. She may have stopped to watch the birthday video and then headed home to meet this other man. Perhaps the reason no one else knew about this other man is that he was married. So, John gets worked up with either suspicion that she is with another man or maybe she even told him she had someone coming over. Goes to her house, beats on the door and says, "Jodi, open up I know you are in there". Maybe her and the other man don't answer the door in hopes that he will go away. Instead John gets very upset and waits for her in the parking lot. She gets the phone call at 4:10, other man leaves as she is leaving, John approaches her in the parking lot, she rejects him saying, "I'm late for work, I gotta go"and a struggle ensues. He gets her in his vehicle and takes her somewhere else where the perhaps in a fit of rage, he accidentally kills her. The reason the other man has never came forward?? He's married.

    Obviously, pure speculation.

    Thanks for doing such a great job on the podcast!!

  • Becky

    Becky Big Sur

    I was JUST about to suggest this case! I was a teenager living in Mason City when this happened and it has never left my mind.

    I was JUST about to suggest this case! I was a teenager living in Mason City when this happened and it has never left my mind.

  • Kay

    Kay St.louis

    June 14th 1969 Dennis Martin case you guys should look into it conspiracy possibly and missing child case looks pretty interesting would love to hear your thoughts

    June 14th 1969 Dennis Martin case you guys should look into it conspiracy possibly and missing child case looks pretty interesting would love to hear your thoughts

  • Leslie

    Leslie Philadelphia

    Hard to listen to this one but great job! As a female it's difficult to imagine her alive in a basement or even worse dead, not sure which is preferred in this abductIon. It chills my blood to know there are people out there capable and wanting to do this..That's my take away with this episode. Wish it could be solved because it's terrifying.

    Hard to listen to this one but great job! As a female it's difficult to imagine her alive in a basement or even worse dead, not sure which is preferred in this abductIon. It chills my blood to know there are people out there capable and wanting to do this..That's my take away with this episode. Wish it could be solved because it's terrifying.

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Thank you all for the kind words. I think this case gets solved before the end of 2018. At Kay - Dennis Martin is on the short list. We will cover that one soon. Cheers all! Nic

    Thank you all for the kind words. I think this case gets solved before the end of 2018. At Kay - Dennis Martin is on the short list. We will cover that one soon.
    Cheers all!
    Nic

  • Barbara B.

    Barbara B.

    So excited that you are covering this case!

    So excited that you are covering this case!

  • Fred

    Fred Cmh

    Fat Julian!!!!

    Fat Julian!!!!

  • Rich

    Rich AZ

    Errr, the reason you may get blowback about psychics is that there is no such thing as being psychic. If a police force ever used a psychic regarding something involving me, I’d blow a gasket. It would be tantamount to walking in a wizard who finds the answer in a box of corn flakes. Seriously, magic should not be a legitimate police tool. Polygraphs are real things that measure actual things. They just don’t give definitive “lie” results. Because people don’t understand this, they don’t allow them in most courts. Sorry to be so negative! Just a pet peeve. Please, carry on.

    Errr, the reason you may get blowback about psychics is that there is no such thing as being psychic. If a police force ever used a psychic regarding something involving me, I’d blow a gasket. It would be tantamount to walking in a wizard who finds the answer in a box of corn flakes. Seriously, magic should not be a legitimate police tool. Polygraphs are real things that measure actual things. They just don’t give definitive “lie” results. Because people don’t understand this, they don’t allow them in most courts.

    Sorry to be so negative! Just a pet peeve. Please, carry on.

  • Rachael

    Rachael Parts Unknown

    This case has always intrigued me. As I was listening, a thought, probably ridiculous, but you never know, came to me. Were any of her neighbors' apartments searched? I could see someone becoming obsessed with the local celebrity, who is also their neighbor. It would make it relatively easy for them to stalk her and easy for them to be ready to attack no matter what time she left for work. The whole abduction would've been fairly easy for a neighbor to pull off. Anyway, I'm sure it was looked into. Love your podcast, keep up the great work!

    This case has always intrigued me. As I was listening, a thought, probably ridiculous, but you never know, came to me. Were any of her neighbors' apartments searched? I could see someone becoming obsessed with the local celebrity, who is also their neighbor. It would make it relatively easy for them to stalk her and easy for them to be ready to attack no matter what time she left for work. The whole abduction would've been fairly easy for a neighbor to pull off. Anyway, I'm sure it was looked into. Love your podcast, keep up the great work!

  • Megan

    Megan Pittsburgh

    My first thought with the bent key is that if she’s on edge about being followed or stalked, which it seems that she was, maybe that’s why she purposefully didn’t use the keyless entry to her car. The theory from The Mall Murders episode that entry into the SUV was by the keyless entry. If I’m in a place alone and feeling high-alert about my surroundings I will not use my keyless entry but instead open only my door and lock it immediately after I’m seated in my car.

    My first thought with the bent key is that if she’s on edge about being followed or stalked, which it seems that she was, maybe that’s why she purposefully didn’t use the keyless entry to her car. The theory from The Mall Murders episode that entry into the SUV was by the keyless entry. If I’m in a place alone and feeling high-alert about my surroundings I will not use my keyless entry but instead open only my door and lock it immediately after I’m seated in my car.

  • PainterChick

    PainterChick Parts Unknown

    I have never heard of this one before. I go back and forth on the relationship with John. He may have been interested in her, but then again she could have been the daughter he never had? (or did he have a daughter? I only see that he had two kids and was divorced sometime in the early 90's)I agree that it seems like a weird place to attack her if it were John. Then again if he knew of her previous stalkers, what a great way to throw off the scent. Was John's son ever looked at? I can think of several scenarios if he was involved...He was jealous of his Dad's relationship with her, the two of them did hit it off and John didn't like that, was he the guy at the apartment that night? I'd be very curious to know more about the son and his movements. This all goes back to the Captain's comment in BTK...surveillance people, get your sh!t together and make sure it is quality! (we're sick of lack of answers because of poor quality video)

    I have never heard of this one before.
    I go back and forth on the relationship with John. He may have been interested in her, but then again she could have been the daughter he never had? (or did he have a daughter? I only see that he had two kids and was divorced sometime in the early 90's)I agree that it seems like a weird place to attack her if it were John. Then again if he knew of her previous stalkers, what a great way to throw off the scent.
    Was John's son ever looked at? I can think of several scenarios if he was involved...He was jealous of his Dad's relationship with her, the two of them did hit it off and John didn't like that, was he the guy at the apartment that night? I'd be very curious to know more about the son and his movements.
    This all goes back to the Captain's comment in BTK...surveillance people, get your sh!t together and make sure it is quality! (we're sick of lack of answers because of poor quality video)

  • Ty

    Ty Jackson

    Theory on the bent key: she tried to use it to fight off her attacker, like they always used to teach people to do in self defense classes. Against a determined attacker, you would have to get in a very lucky shot with a key to do yourself any good, I think; it's more likely that you would bend the key and piss someone off even worse, especially since we're talking about one of those skinny Mazda keys. Maybe that fits with the personal items scattered all over the place, since they indicate a struggle. As for the briefcase, I'd like to know if was a tote or messenger style case. If so, she might have had a long strap and was wearing it cross-body, so maybe it just naturally stayed on her and went with her into whatever kind of vehicle she was forced into (as opposed to being something that was deliberately taken).

    Theory on the bent key: she tried to use it to fight off her attacker, like they always used to teach people to do in self defense classes. Against a determined attacker, you would have to get in a very lucky shot with a key to do yourself any good, I think; it's more likely that you would bend the key and piss someone off even worse, especially since we're talking about one of those skinny Mazda keys. Maybe that fits with the personal items scattered all over the place, since they indicate a struggle. As for the briefcase, I'd like to know if was a tote or messenger style case. If so, she might have had a long strap and was wearing it cross-body, so maybe it just naturally stayed on her and went with her into whatever kind of vehicle she was forced into (as opposed to being something that was deliberately taken).

  • Andrea Hatfield

    Andrea Hatfield Sylvan Lake, Canada

    Ok. This was one of my favs. Question (yes, I’ve already consulted google and no luck): I feel like you or someone on the blog can help me get a stitcher podcast to an iTunes playlist... is this possible? I listen to TCG while I run long distances. Saving up for an Apple Watch but until then, listen to an old school shuffle which is compatible only with iTunes.... Help... need to get older episodes onto my old school device.

    Ok. This was one of my favs. Question (yes, I’ve already consulted google and no luck): I feel like you or someone on the blog can help me get a stitcher podcast to an iTunes playlist... is this possible? I listen to TCG while I run long distances. Saving up for an Apple Watch but until then, listen to an old school shuffle which is compatible only with iTunes.... Help... need to get older episodes onto my old school device.

  • Melissa

    Melissa Boston

    I love your insight but sometimes you needs a female’s spin. If she shouted a name while being abducted, it is also very likely that she was trying to make her attacker think she was calling to someone in the apartment in the hopes it would scare the attacker off. A woman being attacked will want the attacker to think there is someone, usually a male, close by that will come intervene.

    I love your insight but sometimes you needs a female’s spin. If she shouted a name while being abducted, it is also very likely that she was trying to make her attacker think she was calling to someone in the apartment in the hopes it would scare the attacker off. A woman being attacked will want the attacker to think there is someone, usually a male, close by that will come intervene.

  • Jessica

    Jessica Seattle

    Did they ever do DNA testing on the beer cans? Seems like a straight forward way to find out if a man was there and who was that night... I was thinking that maybe she had spent the night with an unknown male and when witnesses say she was shouting a name in the parking lot, I thought she might be calling out for help to the unknown man who was still in her apartment... Very interesting and mysterious case. I hope the truth is revealed

    Did they ever do DNA testing on the beer cans? Seems like a straight forward way to find out if a man was there and who was that night...
    I was thinking that maybe she had spent the night with an unknown male and when witnesses say she was shouting a name in the parking lot, I thought she might be calling out for help to the unknown man who was still in her apartment... Very interesting and mysterious case. I hope the truth is revealed

  • Krystal

    Krystal Akron OH

    As always, great podcast. Suggestion of the Morgan Nick abduction case!

    As always, great podcast.
    Suggestion of the Morgan Nick abduction case!

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Andrea - I don't think that is possible. Someone jump in if I'm wrong. Nic

    Andrea - I don't think that is possible. Someone jump in if I'm wrong.
    Nic

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    At Jessica, I have a strong suspicion that they may not have been collected. If that's the case then no, not tested. Nic

    At Jessica,
    I have a strong suspicion that they may not have been collected. If that's the case then no, not tested.
    Nic

  • kel

    kel memphis

    yall should do the madeleine mccann case

    yall should do the madeleine mccann case

  • Crystal

    Crystal Michigan

    When I was listening to the piece about the key, it reminded me of my first new car (late 90s) with a fab. If you put the key in the door key hole to unlock, it triggered the car’s alarm and the car would not start. I couldn’t help but wonder if this vehicle was the same way and maybe she was trying to set off the alarm.

    When I was listening to the piece about the key, it reminded me of my first new car (late 90s) with a fab. If you put the key in the door key hole to unlock, it triggered the car’s alarm and the car would not start. I couldn’t help but wonder if this vehicle was the same way and maybe she was trying to set off the alarm.

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Hi Mel, We covered Madeleine's last summer, check it out on the Stitcher app for free. Cheers Nic

    Hi Mel,
    We covered Madeleine's last summer, check it out on the Stitcher app for free.
    Cheers Nic

  • Barbara B.

    Barbara B.

    John naming his boat after her is super creepy. Coming from a female POV, that would really give me the creeps. Wanting recognition that he threw the party (the way it was worded on the invitation sounds like when a parent hosts their child's wedding), talking a lot to the cops and family after she disappeared makes me think he wanted to be a big part of her life and wanted everyone to know this. I get a vibe that he was obsessed with her. Did he kill her, I don't know. But he is definitely a good suspect. I wonder if the son was ever interviewed. Despite this and the speculation of a stalker, I almost think this could have been a crime of opportunity. This has been a good year for old crimes being resolved, let's hope this one does too. Great job as always.

    John naming his boat after her is super creepy. Coming from a female POV, that would really give me the creeps. Wanting recognition that he threw the party (the way it was worded on the invitation sounds like when a parent hosts their child's wedding), talking a lot to the cops and family after she disappeared makes me think he wanted to be a big part of her life and wanted everyone to know this. I get a vibe that he was obsessed with her. Did he kill her, I don't know. But he is definitely a good suspect.
    I wonder if the son was ever interviewed.
    Despite this and the speculation of a stalker, I almost think this could have been a crime of opportunity.
    This has been a good year for old crimes being resolved, let's hope this one does too.

    Great job as always.

  • True Crime Garage

    True Crime Garage

    Thanks Barbara B! They need to find her remains. I think those GPS search warrants on those two vehicles could lead to that. If that's true that likely means someone has been visiting where they put her or moving the remains. Nic

    Thanks Barbara B!
    They need to find her remains. I think those GPS search warrants on those two vehicles could lead to that. If that's true that likely means someone has been visiting where they put her or moving the remains.
    Nic

Add comment