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The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 15: Origins

Editor’s note: The following is the 15th installment in the TRRT series centered on the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who finished her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store Sept. 20, 1990, and hasn't been seen since. By Jim Hagerty Reporter MENDOTA, Ill. - Most people who remember the Veronica Blumhorst case recall the theory that her 22-year-old boyfriend was responsible for her disappearance. Those who weren't around in 1990 but know of Veronica undoubtedly…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 14: The ‘disappeared’

Editor’s note: The following is the 14th installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in her garage less than a mile away and it is believed she had only $10 on her when she vanished.  By Jim Hagerty Reporter MENDOTA, Ill. - Maura Murray, Connie Converse, Jimmy Hoffa and Veronica Blumhorst. With the exception of Hoffa, whose story is…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 13: The biggest rumor

Editor’s note: The following is the 13th installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in her garage less than a mile away and it is believed she had only $10 on her when she vanished. By Jim Hagerty Reporter MENDOTA - There isn't a cold case out there that's void of theories and rumors, and the case of Veronica Blumhorst is certainly…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 12: Closure

Editor’s note: The following is the 12th installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in her garage less than a mile away and it is believed she had only $10 on her when she vanished.  By Jim Hagerty Reporter MENDOTA - If a volunteer group tasked with solving the case of Veronica Blumhorst is successful, it will close a chapter in Mendota's…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 11: A different someone she knew

Editor’s note: The following is the 11th installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in her garage less than a mile away and it is believed she had only $10 on her when she vanished. By Jim Hagerty Reporter MENDOTA - Those close to Veronica Blumhorst say she likely left the alley behind her home nearly 30 years ago with someone she…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 10: A small-town secret

Editor’s note: The following is the 10th installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in her garage less than a mile away and it is believed she had only $10 on her when she vanished.  By Jim Hagerty Reporter MENDOTA - Police were quick to dig up a handful of men Veronica Blumhorst had dated before she vanished 29 years ago. Aside from…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 9: The lost scent

Editor’s note: The following is the ninth installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in her garage less than a mile away and it is believed she had only $10 on her when she vanished.  By Jim Hagerty Reporter MENDOTA - A large crowd gathered outside the home of Veronica Blumhorst the morning of Sept. 20, 1990, including rescue teams from…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 8: Ostensible shoppers and a friendly checkout

Editor’s note: The following is the eighth installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in her garage less than a mile away and it is believed she had only $10 on her when she vanished.  By Jim Hagerty Reporter MENDOTA - While seemingly incriminating statements made by the boyfriend of Veronica Blumhorst have garnered significant attention…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 7: A broken, rusty gun

Editor’s note: The following is the seventh installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in her garage less than a mile away and it is believed she had only $10 on her when she vanished. By Jim Hagerty Reporter MENDOTA - In 29 years, investigators have uncovered nothing to indicate 21-year-old grocery clerk Veronica Blumhorst was met…

Family announces new search for missing Mendota woman

By Jim Hagerty Reporter MENDOTA - A citizen-led search for Veronica Blumhorst will be conducted early next year, her family announced Tuesday. "Since 1990, we have held onto hope that we would find out what happened to Veronica so we could finally have closure of what has been a horrible chapter in our lives," Blumhorst family spokesman Doug Truckenbrod said. "However, it's been 29 years and investigators are no closer to finding her than they were when they completed their initial…

‘Making a Murderer’: Dassey attorneys file petition for clemency

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Lawyers for "Making a Murderer" subject Brendan Dassey, on Wednesday, filed a petition for clemency with the Wisconsin Pardon Advisory Board. Filed by noted post-conviction attorneys Lara Nirider and Steven Drizin, the petition echoes their claim that Dassey was psychologically coerced by police and misrepresented by his attorneys, including Len Kachinsky, leading to Dassey's 2007 conviction and life sentence for murder, sexual assault and mutilating a…

‘MaM’: Steven Avery lawyer offers $100K reward for capture of Teresa Halbach’s ‘real killer’

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - In her latest bid to win "Making a Murderer" subject Steven Avery a new trial, post-conviction attorney Kathleen Zellner, on Monday, announced that a $100,000 reward is being offered for the capture of Teresa Halbach's "real killer." "We are pleased to announce that a reward of $100,000 is being offered, by a concerned citizen, for the arrest and conviction of the real killer of Teresa Halbach," Zellner said in a release. "All tips should be called in…