Case 79

Rayna Rison

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Case 79

Rayna Rison

In 1993, breaking news in the small Northern Indiana city of LaPorte always seemed to be from Chicago or South Bend. Nothing shocking ever happened in LaPorte. With 22,000 people there was hardly a report of any serious crime that involved one of their own.

The community never worried about bad things happening, not in their quiet picturesque corner of the world.

Until March 1993.

Not since the turn of the 20th century had the city of LaPorte talked so much about murder. Back then, local mother – Belle Gunness had skipped town after burning her own property down and staging a body inside to look like her own. It was believed that over a 20 year period, she had killed both her husbands, all their children, numerous boyfriends as well as all the witnesses, an estimated 40 people in total, all for the apparent riches of life insurances.

By March 1993, nearly 100 years had passed since Belle Gunness shocked the community of LaPorte Indiana, and that spring, they were about to experience something else they weren’t prepared for.
_ _ _ _ 

The Rayna Rison Memorial Scholarship
c/o Director of Music
602 F Street
La Porte, IN 46350

________

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

VIDEO:

‘ Forget Me Not’: The Murder of Rayna Rison – The Unusual Suspects

 

AUDIO:

Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds & Scandals – The Great Courses – by Professor Elizabeth A Murray (Mt. St. Joseph University)
Lecture 13: How reliable is Eyewitness Testimony?

 

ARTICLES:

Collection of articles – WSBT 22 Channel: 1993–2016

Collection of articles – The LaPorte County Herald-Argus Newspaper: 1993–2016

Book: Former janitor may be Rayna Rison’s killer – The Michigan City News-Dispatch

Who killed ‘Summerfield Jane Doe’? DNA may finally provide the answer – Belleville News-Democrat

Arrest made in 20-year-old murder of Indiana teen – Vent Wing

Details revealed in Tibbs case – The Michigan City News-Dispatch

Rayna Rison Cold Case Murder Solved, Ex-Boyfriend In Custody: Cops – Huffington Post

Jason Tibbs arrested in 1993 murder of NW Indiana teen, Rayna Rison – ABC7

Suspect in 1993 Rayna Rison slaying in court – WSBT

New evidence presented in Tibbs case – The LaPorte County Herald-Argus Newspaper

Attorney: Former suspect’s alibis were faulty – The LaPorte County Herald-Argus Newspaper

Testimony focuses on Tibbs’ whereabouts the night of Rison’s disappearance – The LaPorte County Herald-Argus Newspaper

COA: third-party perpetrator evidence not relevant – The Indiana LAwyer

 

OTHER:

Jason Tibbs v. State of Indiana

LaPorte County website

 

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In 1993, breaking news in the small Northern Indiana city of LaPorte always seemed to be from Chicago or South Bend. Nothing shocking ever happened in LaPorte. With 22,000 people there was hardly a report of any serious crime that involved one of their own.

The community never worried about bad things happening, not in their quiet picturesque corner of the world.

Until March 1993.

Not since the turn of the 20th century had the city of LaPorte talked so much about murder. Back then, local mother – Belle Gunness had skipped town after burning her own property down and staging a body inside to look like her own. It was believed that over a 20 year period, she had killed both her husbands, all their children, numerous boyfriends as well as all the witnesses, an estimated 40 people in total, all for the apparent riches of life insurances.

By March 1993, nearly 100 years had passed since Belle Gunness shocked the community of LaPorte Indiana, and that spring, they were about to experience something else they weren’t prepared for.

_ _ _ _ 

The Rayna Rison Memorial Scholarship
c/o Director of Music
602 F Street
La Porte, IN 46350

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

VIDEO:

‘ Forget Me Not’: The Murder of Rayna Rison – The Unusual Suspects

 

AUDIO:

Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds & Scandals – The Great Courses – by Professor Elizabeth A Murray (Mt. St. Joseph University)
Lecture 13: How reliable is Eyewitness Testimony?

 

ARTICLES:

Collection of articles – WSBT 22 Channel: 1993–2016

Collection of articles – The LaPorte County Herald-Argus Newspaper: 1993–2016

Book: Former janitor may be Rayna Rison’s killer – The Michigan City News-Dispatch

Who killed ‘Summerfield Jane Doe’? DNA may finally provide the answer – Belleville News-Democrat

Arrest made in 20-year-old murder of Indiana teen – Vent Wing

Details revealed in Tibbs case – The Michigan City News-Dispatch

Rayna Rison Cold Case Murder Solved, Ex-Boyfriend In Custody: Cops – Huffington Post

Jason Tibbs arrested in 1993 murder of NW Indiana teen, Rayna Rison – ABC7

Suspect in 1993 Rayna Rison slaying in court – WSBT

New evidence presented in Tibbs case – The LaPorte County Herald-Argus Newspaper

Attorney: Former suspect’s alibis were faulty – The LaPorte County Herald-Argus Newspaper

Testimony focuses on Tibbs’ whereabouts the night of Rison’s disappearance – The LaPorte County Herald-Argus Newspaper

COA: third-party perpetrator evidence not relevant – The Indiana LAwyer

 

OTHER:

Jason Tibbs v. State of Indiana

LaPorte County website

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Undisclosed – podcast investigating the U.S. criminal justice system

ShipStation – try ShipStation FREE for 30 days plus get a special bonus when you use promo code CASEFILE

SimpliSafe – protect your home and your family today

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