Suzanne Jovin was nearing the end of her semester at Yale, where she double-majored in political science and international studies.
Less than six hours before she was killed, Jovin turned in a draft of her senior thesis in political science, a 21 page essay of Osama bin Laden.
After turning in her draft, Suzanne spent the evening at New Haven’s Trinity Lutheran Church
At 9:02 p.m., Jovin logged onto her Yale email account from her Park Street apartment and told her friend that she was going to leave Graduate Record Examination's study material for her in the lobby. Jovin said the books would not be ready to be picked up until the morning because she first had to get them from an unknown person who had borrowed them from her. Jovin logged off her email at 9:10 p.m. She crossed paths with a classmate (Peter Steinon) at around 9:25 p.m.. The two talked and Suzanne told Peter that she was headed to Phelps Hall to return the car keys and then was planning to return to her apartment. Stein told the News in April 1999 that “She did not mention plans to go anywhere or do anything else afterward.” Stein did not want to say any more in an email to the News.
Exacly at 9:58 Jovin's body was found and it was brutally stabbed 17 times in the back of her skull with a slit open throat.
Some evidence that was found; dead skin under her finger nails, partial palm-fingerprints on Jovin's water bottle, tip of the knife that was lodged in the skull
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Four days after the murder, the name of Jovin’s thesis advisor, James Van de Velde, was leaked to the New Haven Register as the prime suspect in the case.
Many items and observations have been reported by the police and media as possible evidence over the eighteen plus years of the investigation, much of which has either been discredited or eyewitness information that cannot be proven to be correct so its unreliable, or cannot been explained.
~Some forensic issues that surround this case are eyewitness information, which are unreliable.
~The crime scene is considered to be; her body found in a pool of blood lying near the tree.
~This cold case was processed on Friday December 4, 1998.
~The evidence that was found; dead skin under her finger nails, partial palm-fingerprints on Jovin's water bottle, tip of the knife that was lodged in the skull
~Some of the results are the killer wasn't identified and the eyewitness assumptions cannot be proven.
~Some forensic resources that haven't been utilized are the fibers on the clothes of the deceased. The forensic scientists didn't run any tests on the fibers that could have transferred from the suspects clothes.
~The forensic scientist and the law reinforcement need to be questioned more thoroughly about the crime scene and some evidence that the forensic scientists might not have found.
~If the case was handled by all parties, they could of caught the killer using the security cameras and the proper use of DNA research to find the killer.
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