Justice for Murder Victim Suzanne Jovin
On Friday, December 4, 1998, at about 9:53pm, Yale University Senior Suzanne Jovin is found in an upscale section of New Haven, CT, about two miles from campus, stabbed 17 times in the head and neck, her throat slashed. Suzanne had apparently been up all night finishing a draft of her senior thesis on Osama bin Laden (three years before 9/11), finally dropping it off in the afternoon. She then signed out a university owned station wagon to attend a pizza making party she had organized for the local chapter of Best Buddies, drove some of the Buddies to their homes, and then returned her borrowed car to the Yale lot around the corner from her residence.
Suzanne logs onto her computer at 9:02, writing an email to a friend from whom Suzanne had borrowed Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test materials. Suzanne had apparently re-lent these materials – a book and a CD -- to someone else, did not yet have them in her possession, but expected to have them back shortly. Suzanne gives her lobby access code to her friend to allow her friend to come at her friend’s convenience. Suzanne logs off at 9:08.
At about 9:14, Suzanne sets out on foot to return the keys of the borrowed station wagon to the police substation located at Phelps Gate, which is part of Yale’s historic Old campus. At about 9:22, she encounters a classmate whom she tells she is tired and looking forward to getting some sleep. At about 9:25 she returns the keys to the police substation, but rather than retracing her steps, she continues through Phelp’s Gate to College Street, takes a left, and begins walking north. Somewhere between 9:25-9:30, Suzanne, not too far away from Phelp’s Gate, is passed by another fellow student, walking in the opposite direction. About 1.9 miles from this spot, approximately 25 minutes later, on the corner of East Rock and Edgehill Roads, Suzanne’s nearly lifeless body is found by two passersby.
About This Campaign
I've been investigating and writing about this case for 20 years-- well before it became a staple of seemingly everyone's "Top Unsolved Murders" list. I hope you enjoy the five part series I have put together in an effort to finally solve this horrific crime, and to get justice for Suzanne.
It goes without saying that every state has an enormous number of unsolved crimes, and a limited budget to solve them. However, not ever using modern technology to try to solve a 20 year old murder is unforgivable-- and why I've chosen to launch this campaign to fund such testing, as well as "whatever else" it may take for justice to prevail. If we are *not* spending the state of Connecticut's money… If we are sending the evidence to a state-of-the-art *private* forensics lab… If we are *not* tying up any of the state’s resources to do any of this… there is absolutely no excuse for the State of Connecticut not to accept our generous offer.
- Jeff Mitchell
Update 1 (12/4/2018) - Posted YouTube video of the "Introduction" to the five part series. Note: All five videos are in post-production and should start appearing every day or two.