Case Study Of Suzanne's Murder

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The picture perfect girl. Straight A’s at an Ivy League school, co-founder of Yale’s very own German Club and a volunteer at an organization called Best Buddies. Suzanne Jovin seemed to have nothing but a perfect life until the night of December 4th, 1998. Suzanne’s murder not only left many people in shock but also at unease. Suzanne’s killer still has yet to be found. The suspects and crime itself causes the question of WHY? I believe Billy is responsible for the brutal stabbing and murder of 21 year old Suzanne Jovin.

The day of December 4th, 1988 was just like any other day. Students at Yale University attended class strolling through the beautiful campus and looked forward to cheering on their school in a hockey game against Princeton
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Who is to blame for this horrific act? Police officers swarmed Yale’s campus in search of any witnesses or evidence regarding Suzanne’s gruesome murder. A witness claimed seeing Suzanne about 15 min before the time of murder but quite aways from the actual murder scene. This led investigators to believe Suzanne had gotten into a vehicle, forcibly or not, before the killing took place. Some believe an argument could have happened between Suzanne and the killer causing her to be thrown out of the vehicle. Other witnesses claimed to hear a struggle; others noticed a brownish tan van nearby . Because of the viciousness of the stabbing, investigators believed the motive was just to kill. Police also suggested that Suzanne was murdered by a man, one who may have been very jealous or angry. There were no marks on Suzanne’s body to justify that she had put up a struggle of any kind. On December 8th, an edition of the New Haven Register came out with a headline “Yale Teacher Grilled In Student Killing.” This caused great disturbance among Yale’s community as police had yet to publicly announce any kind of suspect. The newspaper did not directly name anyone but describe the individual questioned by investigators as being Suzanne’s political science instructor and essay advisor (Crimefeed). Putting the pieces together, many people concluded that it was Dr. Van de Velde. There was never any evidence found against James Van de Velde linking him to the murder of Suzanne. However, his career never recovered. James Van de Velde became very obsessed with trying to find the killer himself, causing many to believe he may be searching for someone else to blame for his own actions. 15 years later James Van de Velde was finally cleared as a suspect in the murder. One other suspect was suggested by the residents of New Haven, a mentally disturbed fellow Yale student who committed suicide shortly after the murder had happened. Many sources gave the

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