Case 201

Janet Chandler

When 22-year-old Janet Chandler was abducted while working the night shift at the Blue Mill Inn on January 31 1979, her disappearance appeared to be part of a robbery. However, when Janet’s body was found in a snowbank the following morning, it raised more questions than answers. 

Investigators chased dead ends for decades until 2003, when students from the Hope College film school decided to make a documentary exploring Janet’s life. The movie propels the investigation forward in a way that no one could see coming.

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

EPISODE:

Research & writing – Elsha McGill

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host

 

MUSIC:

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

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

RESOURCES

 

VIDEOS

Who Killed Janet Chandler

Testimony of Laurie Swank The Planning Session

Testimony of Patty Ward

Testimony of Cheryl Ruiz

 

BOOKS

Cold Blooded Murder: Shocking True Stories of Killers and Psychopaths – Brad Hunter

 

COURT DOCUMENTS

People of the State of Michigan V James Nelson, Anthony Williams, Freddie Parker & Arthur Paiva 

James F. Chandler, Sr. V The Wackenhut Corporation

 

ONLINE ARTICLES

Gang Rape, Murder and Justice in a Small Town – Glamour

Conspiracy of silence NBC News

Kidnapped area woman found slain in snowbank – Cold Dead Hands

Janet Chandler’s double life meant it took cops 30 years to solve her murder – Toronto Sun

5 arrests made in 1979 slaying of woman – Denver Post

Witness provides graphic details – MLive

Witness: Guards plotted to ‘teach’ victim a lesson – MLive

More charges possible in Chandler case – MLive

Second man convicted in Janet Chandler murder case dies in prison – WHTC

Chandlers can’t forgive killers showing no remorse MLive

David Schock uses film to unearth information about cold case – Legal News

Guilty verdicts in murder case cap emotional day  MLive

 

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES

Special task force is formed to hunt slayer of Hope coed – Detroit Free Press

St Joe ‘Jimmy’ ruled out in Holland clerk’s death – The Herald-Palladium 

Was abduction real motive of motel hold up? – Petoskey News

Police agencies hunt slayer of college co-ed – The Herald Palladium

Follow slim clues in clerk slaying – The Herald-Palladium

After five months police still search for motel clerk’s killer Lansing State Journal

Three Oaks man admits to murder The South Bend Tribune

Arrest warrant paints picture of rape, murderThe Times-Tribune

 

WEBSITES

Delayed Justice

Oral History Interview with Jerry Counihan – Hope College Digital Commons

Holland, Michigan – Wikipedia 

Donald Leroy Evans – Wikipedia

 

 

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