True Stories of Crime “The Vault”: A Week in Review for September 18th

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ST. PAUL – When a state chooses to make a drastic change in the way it enforces law and order – especially in the way it punishes those who break the law, it is safe to assume that the change would come after a careful study, well-reasoned comments from residents of the state or perhaps after those residents have taken to the streets to protest and demand change.

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But when the state of Minnesota chose to abolish the death penalty at the turn of the 20th century, the change came from none of those things, but fallout from a forbidden love affair between a mutinous Englishman. and bar brawler and a teenager. And how the inhabitants of the land of 10,000 lakes reacted to it.

Undated courtesy photo of Jodi Huisentruit.  The 27-year-old from Long Prairie, Minn., Was working as a morning television presenter in Mason City, Iowa, when she disappeared in 1995. In the early morning hours of June 27, 1995, someone attacked Huisentruit as she unlocked her red Mazda Miata in the parking lot of her apartment complex and dragged it into an unknown vehicle.  She has not been seen since.  Contribution / FindJodi.com

Undated courtesy photo of Jodi Huisentruit. The 27-year-old from Long Prairie, Minn., Was working as a morning TV presenter in Mason City, Iowa, when she disappeared in 1995. In the early morning hours of June 27, 1995, someone attacked Huisentruit as she was unlocking her red Mazda Miata in the parking lot of her apartment complex and dragged it into an unknown vehicle. She has not been seen since. Contribution / FindJodi.com

MASON CITY, Iowa – Few people are as intimately familiar with the details surrounding the mystery of TV news anchor Jodi Huisentruit’s disappearance as Scott Fuller.

Twenty-seven years later, the case is still unresolved. And there are few signs that it will ever be.

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James Wolner is one of Forum Communications’ most popular podcasters. His podcast, “Dakota Spotlight” has listeners around the world addicted to its low-key narration of some of the Midwest’s most mysterious and puzzling true crimes.

In the premiere of this two-part series, Forum Communications reporter and fellow podcaster Tracy Briggs asks the questions you’ve always wanted to know, including how Wolner from California ended up being a small town in North Dakota, what pushed him towards the real crime. storytelling and what drives him to work tirelessly on it.

Zacarias Moussaoui, pictured in an August 17, 2001 police photo, was arrested by Minnesota immigration officials after attempting to purchase training time on a Northwest Airlines plane simulator in Eagan, Minnesota .  (KRT / St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Zacarias Moussaoui, pictured in an August 17, 2001 police photo, was arrested by Minnesota immigration officials after attempting to purchase training time on a Northwest Airlines plane simulator in Eagan, Minnesota . (KRT / St. Paul Pioneer Press)

ST. PAUL – On February 23, 2001, Zacarias Moussaoui got off a plane that brought him from the UK, where he lived, to Chicago.

His entry into America was legal: as a French citizen, he was allowed to stay in the United States for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. He could legally stay until May 22, 2001.

But he passed that period and, for six months, took flight lessons across the country as a member of the al-Qaida network, which plotted and carried out the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Supporters march for Maison Kabob on October 24, 1995 in Fargo.  Nick Carlson / The Forum

Supporters march for Maison Kabob on October 24, 1995 in Fargo. Nick Carlson / The Forum

FARGO – Federal hate crime laws hadn’t been in place for a long time when the community of Fargo-Moorhead was confronted with a possible race-related crime, a major case that has spurred public protests and donations.

He arrived on a Monday, early in the evening of October 23, 1995, outside a Middle Eastern restaurant in a mall along 25th Street and 32nd Avenue South.

A woman, who appeared to have been tied up and gagged, rushed out of the burning family business. She would tell the police that she had been attacked by unknown assailants and that they had carved a crude cross in her abdomen.

Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp and Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky in "Impeachment: American Crime Story." (Tina Thorpe / FX / TNS)

Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp and Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky in “Impeachment: American Crime Story”. (Tina Thorpe / FX / TNS)

Impeachment as entertainment can seem impossible after years of working in reality. The Trump administration has brought us melodrama day in and day out, including supercharged performances on the home floor, and has never completely blocked the landing.

But the FX drama “Impeachment: American Crime Story” manages to turn the dismal state of our democracy into a must-see limited series, taking the narrative back to the ’90s, when President Bill Clinton (Clive Owen)’ s relationship with an intern White House Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) has been touted as a national crisis.

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