The episode on the case of Jodi’s murder will air tonight on the Investigation Discovery channel on a show called Solved: Extreme Forensics at 6p PST.
“It’s not just celebs who attract stalkers. Over one million UK women are victims. Here, two share their stories…
On first glance, it looked innocent enough. It was a plain white envelope, hand-written and addressed to single mum Ann Moulds.”
Today marks the third anniversary of the murder of Jodi Sanderholm. Jodi is terribly missed by her friends and family, but since her death two states (KS & NM) have changed stalking legislation in her name and countless stalking vicitms have been helped by Jodi’s Law and the awareness it has raised. The law came too late for Jodi, but it came in honor of Jodi!
Last week’s stalking story recap.
Metuchen man charged with stalking and peering into woman’s house
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Man charged with impersonating Panther
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A Peril in War Zones: Sexual Abuse by Fellow GI’s
New York Times
Her ordeal ended with the military equivalent of a restraining order and charges of stalking against the officer. It is one case that highlights the new and …
Internet makes protecting stars even tougher
And it isn’t just burglary that results from such electronic reservoirs of information. Stalkers can locate targets as well. Paparazzi can zero in on stars. …
Man accused of stalking, burglary waives case to grand jury
UK The Kentucky Kernel
A Lexington man charged with stalking and burglary of a home occupied by female UK students waived his case to the grand jury Tuesday. …
Accused stalker back in court
A 43-year-old man who was fined in City Court just last week for assaulting his ex-girlfriend was back before a judge Monday for stalking the woman in the …
January is ‘Stalking Awareness Month’
By Matthew Jackson HUNTSVILLE — January is National Stalking Awareness Month, and the Huntsville Police Department Community Services Division is working to …
Ex-boyfriend held on stalking charge
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Cops: Stalker grabbed victim’s butt in the drugstore
A Belle Meade man was arrested and charged with criminal sexual contact after the victim alleged that his continued stalking and harassment of her ended …
Blogging Against Sexual Violence: Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to …
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Stalking « Delicacies
By delicate flower
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Internet safety is a must
Stuttgart Daily Leader
“The bottom line is that thousands of predators and potential stalkers are on-line daily,” said Clint Van Zandt, MSNBC analyst and former FBI profiler. …
Kerry Katona has a stalker! @ Unreality TV
By Lisa McGarry
Kerry Katona has been forced to contact the police after discovering that she has a female stalker. The woman obviously has mental health issues.
Police: Stalker killed grocery store cashier
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By Larry Hartstein The 32-year-old Marietta woman fatally shot Tuesday outside the supermarket where she worked was killed by a man who had been stalking …
Custody row father who murdered Maisie and her mother ‘stalked his ex-wife …
By Daily Mail Reporter The dad who killed his young daughter and girlfriend before turning the gun on himself also stalked his ex-wife with a crossbow and …
UF Police Officer Accused Of Stalking Woman
A University of Florida police officer accused of stalking a woman the past two years was charged with aggravated stalking and obstructing justice, …
Native Americans stalked more than other ethnic groups
Tulsa Native American Times
They noted that violence (eg, battering, sexual assault and stalking) affects Indians in disproportionate numbers to any other race—violence that is mostly …
Felony stalking charge reduced for Twin Lake man
Muskegon Chronicle – MLive.com
By John S. Hausman | Muskegon Chronicle MUSKEGON COUNTY – A felony stalking charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor in the case of Terrance Patrick O’Toole …
Bloodbath father was a woman-hating stalker who torched his ex-wife’s car
By Kate Loveys and Christian Gysin A father who gunned down his ex-girlfriend and four-year-old daughter had previously stalked his ex-wife with a crossbow …
Guardian Angel found guilty of stalking and sexual harassment
A Guardian Angel has been found guilty of stalking and harrassment after failing to keep its distance from an Isle of Wight woman. In a landmark ruling Lord …
2010 National Stalking Awareness Month | National Sexual Violence …
“January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time that challenges our nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it. …
Stalking | RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
The exact definition of stalking varies by state, but in general, stalking refers to “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves …
Agency explains: What is stalking?
Albert Lea Tribune
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New Law Cracks Down On Stalkers
Chicago Public Radio
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Audrina Patridge’s obsessed fan sentenced to community service
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Domestic violence and stalking victims get new legal protections
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It’s National Stalking Awareness Month, and Native Americans are …
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St. Petersburg woman stalked, threatened via cell phone, police say
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439 UK Cops Disciplined Over Porn & Facebook Stalking // Current
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Social Media, Social Networking, and Social Electronic Mail Share …
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‘;Ski Mask Rapist’ coming up for parole
Dallas Morning News
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Multiple Murder Motive Still Uncertain
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Shaq Accused of Stalking… Again | Binary Basketball
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Suspect arrested in stalking case > Friendswood Journal > News …
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Last year at this time I thought I had accomplished all my dreams. My husband and I had built and moved into our dream home just a few months earlier. Almost three years earlier we had relocated to New Mexico, a place I had wanted to live since I was a young girl. I had a great job. The trial of Jodi Sanderholm’s murderer was scheduled to begin in January and significant evidence had mounted against him. Everything was coming together well or so it appeared. It is amazing how quickly everything can change.
The trial came and went with what by all accounts was very swift and uneventful. The verdict was guilty. The penalty was death. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.
It was approximately a month after the trial concluded that my life was changed forever. I had exposed myself to some dangers by working to strengthen anti-stalking legislation and increase awareness on the crime of stalking. A passion to create a change that would not allow someone else to suffer at the hands of a stalker like Jodi had just two years earlier. Somewhere along the way I got a stalker. I was prepared on some level and knew it was a good possibility. That awareness did not leave me prepared for the next few months though. After speaking with countless stalking victims I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what it would be like. I was dead wrong!
Initially, I kept my situation very quiet and tracked everything that was happening. My stalker chose anonymous emails, notes on my car or home and driving by my house. I told no one. Not even my husband. I had identified the person I felt was stalking me. It was a person known to both of us and knowing my husband I knew he would confront her angry that someone would target his family this way. Confronting a stalker is never a good idea. They are after the attention and even negative attention will satisfy that need and likely cause the stalking to continue.
By May, I realized the situation was only getting worse. More emails. The drives by my house were almost every night. I tracked it all just like I have told many other victims to do. I finally told my husband. He was in disbelief that I had not come to him sooner, but just as I had expected he confronted the stalker. The situation got worse again. The tone of the emails changed and became more threatening. We sent our daughter to my father’s house for a month to get her out of the situation. Shortly after we applied for and received an Order of Protection for five years. We hoped we would find some peace, but I knew that the Order of Protection was a necessary step, but often did not stop the problem. I was right it did not.
Before June, I had never shot a gun in my life. In June, I bought two handguns and learned to shoot. I carried a gun everywhere I went. This was a big step for someone who was terrified the first time the gun shop put an unloaded gun in my hand. I chose to confront the terror of holding a gun to be better prepared just in case the threats came true.
By July, we were done. We were ready to leave everything to have our peace. A funny thing happens when you are confronted daily with the possibility that you may not make it thru the day and if you do you could be made a widow by the end of it. My husband and I found an even deeper love than we had in the past. We went back to basics for lack of a better term. We spent all our time together because we wanted to, but also because I was told by law enforcement to not be alone at any time. We began looking at relocation options. Neither of us felt like we could transfer due to the fact that we could easily be traced. The unemployment rate was higher than ever. How could we pull this off? We took a chance. We chose a location and moved. I would do marketing consulting and John would find a new job. It was the gamble of a lifetime, but all we cared about was that we would be together and safe! Some people may see this as running from the problem. We simply saw the problem as not worth putting up with any longer. It was a difficult decision. It felt like we were giving up a lot at the time. But once we made the decision it was easy. We both quit looking at it as giving something up and began looking at it as protecting what was important…our family.
The first month in our new (and undisclosed) location I was miserable. I missed my old job, my friends, our dream home and New Mexico. I found solace in the fact that we did find peace from the stalking and we are together. No one got hurt or killed and we were a thousand miles away from Santa Fe.
I resumed consulting and working on the official launch of Jodi’s Voice as a charity. I had originally planned to launch the charity last April, but when my own stalking started I postponed it. Everything began falling into place. Celebrities began signing up to help with the cause. Clients that I love working with began signing contracts. Within a matter of two months I had replaced my income and was enjoying the work. All of this has been great and I have met some simply wonderful people in my new home town. The most important part of my happiness is my family. I lost track of the real importance in life with my career and volunteer work clouding my vision in New Mexico. It is all crystal clear now though. My husband and I work on Jodi’s Voice together driven by an even deeper passion now that we have been victims too. We are still together all the time, but now only because we choose to be and not for the safety reasons we had in New Mexico.
Please do not think this is my way of saying I am thankful for being stalked. That is far from the truth. Stalkers in general are obviously very troubled people in need of some intensive psychiatric help. However, I am thankful we are out of the situation, safe and together with a deeper appreciation for each other. My life is changed forever in many ways. I am more aware than ever of my surroundings and I am prepared to protect my family and myself. But the biggest way my life changed is to reopen my eyes to the most important part of my life…my family.
This Thanksgiving I am more thankful than ever. Not for things. But for my family. For opportunity to pursue my passion of increasing stalking awareness and legislation. For some great friends I have met along the way that want to help too.
Discovery Channel filming of Sanderholm case under way
By FOSS FARRAR Staff Writer
Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 1:43 PM CDT
Jodi Sanderholm’s mother got a little choked up Sunday talking on camera about her 19-year-old daughter, who was murdered two years ago. She and two other Sanderholm family members were interviewed by a producer for the Investigation Discovery Channel, which is doing a documentary on the murder.
“I held it together pretty well,” said Cindy Sanderholm, Jodi’s mother. Sanderholm said the family at first was concerned that the documentary might focus on the murder for entertainment purposes.
But producer Jessica Grumet assured them the show would focus on how small community law enforcement solved the murder with a little bit of forensic evidence. A piece of the murderer’s hair was found in the victim’s car.
In March, a judge sentenced Justin Thurber to death for the killing of Sanderholm a little more than two years before. The 19-year old Cowley College student’s body was found on Jan. 9, 2007, four days after she went missing.
Grumet conducted interviews with Cindy, her husband Brian and her daughter Jennifer on Sunday, Cindy Sanderholm said. “They are sweet people, very calm and understanding,” Cindy Sanderholm said. Among the people Grumet planned to interview are KBI agent David Falletti, Arkansas City Police Chief Sean Wallace, other members of the Ark City Police Department, EquuSearch team member Tim Miller and trackers Ron and Jon Cannon. Grumet told the Sanderholms that her crew plans to complete filming on Wednesday, after spending about a week in Ark City.
The Jodi Sanderholm story is expected to air on “Extreme Forensics,” a show focusing on criminal investigations, on the Investigation Discovery Channel next year. The new season for the series begins in February 2010, Sanderholm said.
by Jim Grawe (ARKANSAS CITY, Kan.)
Young women in Arkansas City are learning they don’t have to be big and strong to protect themselves.
A father-daughter duo came to teach young women how to fend off would-be abductors.
“We are trying to shock the guy,” 15-year-old Jenna Rangel of “Girl 2 Girl Self Defense” says. “We’re not trying to fight him, we’re just trying to get away.”
Jenna teamed up with her dad, who’s a martial arts instructor in Newton, for this program they are kicking off in the hometown of Jodi Sanderholm. Jodi was kidnapped and murdered in 2007.
“Usually when girls get frightened they freeze,” Jodi’s mother Cindy says. “This is all about teaching repetition so its an automatic brain thing to fight back if somebody comes up and scares them,”
It’s all about how to react verbally and physically when encountering an attacker.
Helping with the demonstration was Jodi’s sister Jennifer.
“I can just imagine my sister was terrified and didn’t know what to do to get herself away from it,” Jennifer says. “I didn’t realize that the palm of my hand or my knee or my foot could be such a huge weapon in defending myself to get myself away from someone.”
A single event isn’t likely to teach the young women here everything they need to know. That’s why there’s a DVD to help girls fine-tune the skills that could prevent them from becoming victims like Jodi.
For more information check out this website: http://girl2girlselfdefense.com/