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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A New Focus

I created this blog in 2006. During the last ten years, I shared info about several uncharged suspects. I only ever named the suspect if they had prior history of violence toward women or children. These posts have generated hundreds of new leads for law enforcement. I still get tips to this day.

However, after the publication of my latest book, True Crime Addict, I've stepped away from actively pursuing cold cases, choosing to focus on fiction writing and making things safer for my family.

I've gone back through the old posts with fresh eyes. A lot of what I found was cringe-worthy. I was  an immature journalist when I set out to find Amy's killer, in 2005. I would have gone about it differently, today.

Anyway, I've taken down all posts (I think) that refer to uncharged suspects. The focus of this blog going forward should be to collect facts and articles and videos about the case, to make it a stepping-off point for anyone interested in the case. I don't suspect it will be updated unless the FBI or police come out with new info.

If you would like to explore the case further, you can review a collection of my interviews and notes at the Special Collections Archive at Kent State.

I have also written about the case in the books, Amy: My Search for Her Killer, The Serial Killer's Apprentice, and True Crime Addict.

Thank you for visiting this blog and contributing to this case over the years.

Stay safe.

Best,
James Renner

8 comments:

Eugenie said...

I enjoy your writting and appreciate your persuit of justice. Putting your family first is even more admirable. Best wishes.

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Christine Gable said...

You did a great job with this and I really enjoy your style of true crime writing. I hope they solve this case soon. Good luck with your new focus in life, I hope it brings you happiness and further success!

James Renner said...

Thank you.

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dashel winter said...

okay...
they have material ( DNA?) of the killer? this is what is eluded to in the article above. so, are they comparing that genetic material to that of suspects?
and what of a certain teacher who is now living in Florida( we all know who Im talking about)...do they have his DNA? did he willing cooperate w the police and give his fingerprints, DNA, take a polygraph?? has he lawyer-ed up? there is very little information out there in regards to this.
The jogger was adamant the body was not there the previous day. is it possible her body lay elsewhere for a few months( the seeds could have been from another location) and then the body was moved there? or perhaps the easier explanation is that the cover did in fact blow off the body so the jogger could see her. But if she was lying there for 3 months why didnt the cover blow off sooner? thats odd....
the material in her stomach...was it what she had for lunch? a meat protein and cheese sounds like pizza to me. is there any indication the killer gave her something to eat?
Chief of Police Mark Spaetzle says this character( according to the FBI profile) would be disorganized, not being able to stay at one job, etc. this doesn't fit very well to the certain teacher, who has stayed at his teacher post, and according the eye witnesses of the abduction, was nicely dressed. Granted we are not talking in absolutes when it comes to human behavior, but the discrepancy is there...
there is much controversy surrounding this case and I pray its solved soon. 30 years is too damn long to wait...

Ashley said...

I can understand why you were moved to delete certain postings from your blog. You've grown as a writer and thats wonderful. However...

Imagine you are cleaning out your closet and find a puzzle along with a box of miscellaneous puzzle pieces that have been found and saved over the years. You start building the puzzle and realize early on that several pieces are missing. Luckily, you also have the box of miscellaneous pieces. You go through the box of mixed pieces and are able to narrow down the ones that MIGHT belong to your current puzzle. The tiny bits of detail shown on each puzzle piece slightly resemble what the finished puzzle should look like. So you set those pieces aside and continue building the puzzle. As you go, you have those "possible" pieces there ready to test and compare to what you have finished. They may, in fact, not be part of the puzzle. You may, as the picture becomes clearer, decide that the random piece isnt a good fit after all.

That's exacty what all of your deleted info was. You never presented it as fact or directly accused specific people. But you said, "hey, this small piece may connect other pieces of the puzzle, and it may not." To date, you are the only person who publicly catalouged those pieces. Those "maybes". This was the only place that people could see it. Those "maybes" could have jogged a memory, one that a person didnt even know was important. I understand why you did what you did. But I sincerely hope you only archived the info and didnt delete it completely. I hope that, if thats the case, you will consider bringing those posts back.

This is personal for me, too. My mom grew up on Marygate. One street over from Amy's house. My grandparents still lived there when she was taken. I was 1.5 years old. She was found 3 days after my sister was born. I played on the same streets as Amy did. Walked past her house. Probably waved at her parents. This was my "stanger danger" story. I grew up with the memory of Amy, shes part of my story.