Thursday, October 20, 2011

The 22nd Anniversary Approaches

Paul Kiska over at Channel 5 has become very interested in Amy's case in recent months. I've seen him a couple times at hearings for Frank Dienes and have spoken to him, at length, about the story. He's not another reporter looking for a quick sweeps week piece. I get the feeling, like Spaetzel, like myself, like a number of FBI agents, he's caught the bug that leads people to devote a lot of time trying to find out just what the hell happened to Amy Mihaljevic.

When you get a chance, check out his long news piece that aired on Channel 5 last night. Lt. Det. Mark Spaetzel finally opened up a little and admitted to frustration in the investigation, saying:

Thousands and thousands of interviews with numerous people of interest, and we don't feel like we're any closer than we were before.

He also officially shot down Dienes' attorney's bullshit line about Frank Dienes being cleared as a suspect in the case.

Bay Village police said Dienes is still one of several suspects and police want to talk with him again about Amy.

I watched the video with a sense of sadness. To tell the truth, I'm just burned out emotionally with this case. Equally unnerving is being faced with the realization of how much time everyone has given to finding justice for Amy. Spaetzel is noticeably older than when I first met him in early 2005. Likewise, my temples have grayed and I've gained 40 pounds. Not the kid I was when I started looking for her killer.

I don't want this mystery to outlive us.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Crime Presentation in Green

Green Branch Library Presents:

The Final Word on the Murder of Krista Harrison

Did serial killer Bob Buell train an apprentice before going to prison?

In July, 1982, 11-year-old Krista Harrison was abducted from a park in Marshallville, Ohio. Her body was found a few days later on the side of a road in a neighboring county. Eventually, investigators charged an unassuming Akron public employee named Bob Buell, with the crime. They believed Buell was also responsible for the murders of two other girls: Tina Harmon and Debbie Smith. Buell was tried, convicted, and then put to death in 2002.

Years later, a box of Buell’s notes found their way to me. Buell claimed he was innocent of Krista’s murder even though there was overwhelming evidence against him. The information in the killer’s box, and long-forgotten Grand Jury testimony from a confidential informant, pointed to another suspect.

Based on this new information, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department re-opened the Tina Harmon case, in 2009. Pushed by Harmon’s family, they finally tested Tina’s clothing. DNA was found. That DNA matched Bob Buell, proving he was the murderer that prosecutors always suspect him to be.

But, what of the other suspect?

A new look at police records and 20-year-old interviews proves this other man, who remains free, surely knew about Krista’s murder and likely participated in covering up the crime for Buell.

Join me as I present the true story of Krista’s murder and share the evidence with the public for the first time.

The presentation will take place at the public library in Green (4046 Massillon Rd. Uniontown, OH) on October 24 at 7 p.m. Seating is limited so come early!