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honestly

Broken Arrow, OK

#204 Nov 15, 2010
i wonder if any forensic evidence was saved.there are many more tests that can be done today that were not invented yet back then.no one should get away with murder,whoever it was.
umm

Topeka, KS

#205 Nov 15, 2010
City Girl wrote:
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You are correct, you can do that. Although, do you really think you can try this man again?
Depends on what he was tried for, right? Let's say he was tried for murder, and acquitted. Well, was kidnapping a charge? If not, and evidence were to surface that she was taken against her will by him, then sure he could be tried for kidnapping. There are various charges that could arise from this scenario...so double jeopardy would only apply to the original charge. Unless I misunderstand the law...which is possible.

Also, an acquittal in a criminal trial has nothing to do with a civil trial if someone would want to bring one.
Drmwvr

Ashland, KY

#207 Nov 15, 2010
Yeah, if someone would get those articles and put them online and post a link, that would be awesome! It would certainly be the most productive thing to do at this point in the thread. Keep it interesting folks! I've been following since the first post!!!!!
just wondering

Waneta, KY

#208 Nov 15, 2010
i think the people of boyd county should demand this case be open mabe the next time theirs an election make the prosecuter promise to do so if elected they always want to make promises on what they will do if elected
Ashland 1974

Helsinki, Finland

#209 Nov 16, 2010
Dear Whatever,

Since you doubt my word, please visit my webpage, www.jamesthompsonauthor.com , or contact my US publisher, G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Group. Or just google "james thompson" "snow angels." Seems like you might have done that first, before resorting to foul language in a discussion about a delicate subject and calling me a liar.

Yes, I was in the same class as John. I hadn't forgottten. It's been the better part of forty years, so I admit, I think about other things from time to time as well. I live in Helsinki, Finland. So no, I don't have immediate access to newspapers in Ashland, Ky.

I do however, have access to homicide detectives, criminal profilers, etc., who help me out as consultants while I'm writing, and would more than likely do me a favor and take a look at the documentation about the murder if I could get hold of it. I was thinking maybe I could try to contribute something to my former community.

You're a real jerk. Oh well. Whatever.
interested

New York, NY

#210 Nov 16, 2010
@ james thompson. I would be more than happy to research this and post my findings to help you out. I would be interested in reading what you publish.
Ashland 1974

Helsinki, Finland

#211 Nov 16, 2010
Thanks, Interested.

I think the first thing to do is just collect all the public documents available. Newspaper articles, police reports. Get them copied and on-line. Reading through it all is the first step, then just see what direction it points in. There's even info here on this thread that I hadn't heard before. If you'll help me, lets compile data and see what happens. Maybe later, we can get interest from authorities and journalist in the area to help, re-interview, etc. It's a long term project. It would help to be able to locate the family as well. I'm not sure if it's right to pursue this without the permission of her children. I remember Jan as being a really nice person. People used to comment a lot on how beautiful she was . Even as a little kid, I thought so.
whatever

Ashland, KY

#212 Nov 16, 2010
Ashland 1974 wrote:
Thanks, Interested.
I think the first thing to do is just collect all the public documents available. Newspaper articles, police reports. Get them copied and on-line. Reading through it all is the first step, then just see what direction it points in. There's even info here on this thread that I hadn't heard before. If you'll help me, lets compile data and see what happens. Maybe later, we can get interest from authorities and journalist in the area to help, re-interview, etc. It's a long term project. It would help to be able to locate the family as well. I'm not sure if it's right to pursue this without the permission of her children. I remember Jan as being a really nice person. People used to comment a lot on how beautiful she was . Even as a little kid, I thought so.
alrighty then.......since u know many people who can help u ( u know profilers and such) then it seems u could have their assistants help u on this crime that u seemed to have forgotten, yes the most bizarre crime in ur area as a child. just sayin , but anyway I think INTERESTED should be compensated for his/her hard work on this story. Im sure u wil remember that right? cough cough...did I use foul language in my earlier post? Lemee go check.
towhatever

Louisville, KY

#213 Nov 16, 2010
...why are you being a jerk?...
knows for a fact

Flatwoods, KY

#214 Nov 16, 2010
actually he's telling the truth, i went to school with Jim thompson at Holy Family and John Neisel too ........AND NO, dumbass he wouldn't have access to the boyd county library archives.....he's trying to help.....you really must be a red neck!!!
idkbut

Ashland, KY

#215 Nov 17, 2010
anybody can say that they are anybody on the internet, people!
why reduce yourselves to name calling?
why so eager to believe typed words on a forum?
shewwwwww!!
the sky is falling , the sky is falling......now believe that and take action becoz u read it on a gossip forum therefore its the truth lol.
talk about rednecks, my gAWD!!!
whatever

Ashland, KY

#216 Nov 17, 2010
Ashland 1974 wrote:
Dear Whatever,
Since you doubt my word, please visit my webpage, www.jamesthompsonauthor.com , or contact my US publisher, G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Group. Or just google "james thompson" "snow angels." Seems like you might have done that first, before resorting to foul language in a discussion about a delicate subject and calling me a liar.
Yes, I was in the same class as John. I hadn't forgottten. It's been the better part of forty years, so I admit, I think about other things from time to time as well. I live in Helsinki, Finland. So no, I don't have immediate access to newspapers in Ashland, Ky.
I do however, have access to homicide detectives, criminal profilers, etc., who help me out as consultants while I'm writing, and would more than likely do me a favor and take a look at the documentation about the murder if I could get hold of it. I was thinking maybe I could try to contribute something to my former community.
You're a real jerk. Oh well. Whatever.
ok if so, then I will challenge u and ask u to put the info that u r requesting of the posters....ON YOUR WEBSITE, the one u just posted. Then, people might believe u.
Just a Thought

United States

#217 Nov 17, 2010
I'm sure if you went to thedailyindependent.com it would be in the archives and you could sidestep all of this negativity Jim. I, for one, would love to see this case re-opened and solved and if you can help do that, it would be wonderful!! We ALL would appreciate it!!!
towhatever

Louisville, KY

#218 Nov 17, 2010
...really?...hold my hand please and walk me through step by step...'cause I don't see much at the Daily's site...
Ask him

Ashland, KY

#219 Nov 17, 2010
Earl Borders is the cop that went to Washington to arrest him. He solved the case. He is still in town, someone ask him about it...
just wondering

Waneta, KY

#220 Nov 17, 2010
that cop never solved any thing the jury said he didnt do it and ive never met any one who belived that boy on trial did it if that cop was so convinced he had the right guy why dont he run a back ground check on him and see what hes been arested for since he was turned loose you dont think he would just do somthing so horrible one time and then just stop do ya if he hasent been arested for any thing similar to this case then id say he absoutly didnt do it. he could check throug department of utilites and track this guy of his wherabouts since 1974 and see if theirs any similar un solved cases similar to this one in the towns he has lived in but like i say i dont belive the one arested did it
Just a Thought

United States

#221 Nov 17, 2010
They have an archive area on thedailyindependent.com . If that doesn't work then call them. I'm sure they would be happy to help you too!!
Sewnsew

Broken Arrow, OK

#222 Nov 17, 2010
I remember the murder of the young couple on skyline drive in about 1960. That's another murder unsolved in Ashland.
Cool

United States

#223 Nov 17, 2010
I think it's great that you are interested in this case. Also its great to see anybody get out of this area and prosper!! Good for you James ! I'll will definitely check out your books. Congrats on your career. Good luck with your investigation. I would love to read about this. I have lived here all my life, went to blazer , and have never heard of this,( btw I'm 37). Good luck bro !!
James Thompson

Helsinki, Finland

#224 Nov 18, 2010
Thanks for all the supportive comments. After thinking about it a couple days, I think the best way to go about it is to first read the trial transcript.

Interested, are you able to get it?

I've been in touch with a journalist at the ADI, I'll ask him if he can help me pull articles about the case. I'll also try to find John. I suspect this may be difficult if not impossible.

I think people should realize that we can try, but most likely, nothing will come of this. It was probably a hopelessly bungled investigation and too late to unravel the mistakes. You never know, but I'm not doing this in the interest of writing a book, just in the remote hopes of bringing some closure to a few people.

At the very least though, if we get far enough for there to be a story to tell, I'll write an article and publish it somewhere so everyone can know what happened with our attempt to find the truth, whether we succeed or not.

You can contact me at jamesthompsonauthor@gmail.com

Best, Jim

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