Season 3 Bonus – The man who interviewed John Vansice


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John Vansice has been the individual most publicized as a person of interest in the 1995 disappearance of television news anchor Jodi Huisentruit. He hasn’t given any interviews since the initial weeks following the event, until now.

Magid COO Steve Ridge gained the trust of John Vansice over several conversations and eventually conducted hours of interviews with he and his wife.

Those interviews were summarized in a release published at last week. It’s the first time Vansice has spoken about the case in more than 20 years.

The release contains new information from Vansice, including the revelation of a March 2017 subpoena which compelled him to appear before a grand jury at U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where authorities took his DNA and fingerprints for the second time.

It was also revealed in Ridge’s summary of his interviews with Vansice that he was quietly dating a woman for the entire time he knew Jodi Huisentruit. A scenario of Vansice wanting to pursue a romantic relationship with Jodi has often been cited as motive for his potential involvement.

Vansice’s girlfriend at the time – who was rarely, if ever, seen with him in public – reportedly told Ridge the relationship was kept a secret because a former boyfriend of hers, who had been extremely abusive, was still living in the area.

Ridge tells me that will not reveal the identity of Vansice’s girlfriend from 1995, but that he has confirmed the relationship with three sources who knew them both. Ridge has spoken with the woman

My complete conversation with Ridge can be found here.

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