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Summary: On Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, Daniel James (Danny) Heinrich of Annandale, Minn., who has been named as a “person of interest” in the October 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling, appeared in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on child pornography charges. Heinrich entered “not guilty” pleas on all charges. His trial was scheduled for July 11, 2016.



Summary: Excerpts from an excellent compilation by St. Cloud Times reporter David Unze of the history of the investigation of Jacob Wetterling’s abduction, focusing on 1990 case notes by private investigator Larry Peart while working as the lead investigator for Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District’s public defender’s office. The article includes an overview of the so-called Paynesville assault cluster, gleaned from the federal criminal complaint charging Danny Heinrich and the search warrant used to search his Annandale house in summer 2015.



Summary: On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 Jerry and Patty Wetterling spoke to the media for the first time since 52-year-old Danny James Heinrich of Annandale, Minn., was arrested on child pornography charges and named a “person of interest” in the Oct. 22, 1989 abduction of their son Jacob.



Summary: On Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 law enforcement authorities named 52-year-old Danny James Heinrich of Annandale, Minn., as a “person of interest” in the October 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling. Read the search warrant executed on July 28, 2015 that led to Heinrich’s arrest on child pornography charges.



Summary: A new book has been published on the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph, Minn., the search for Jacob, and suspects in Jacob Wetterling’s kidnapping.

The book, titled “It Can’t Happen Here: The Search for Jacob Wetterling” (2015), was written by Robert M. Dudley and edited by Dianne Rassmussen, with illustrations by Milo Von Strom and cover design by Brittany Tainter.

The book can be purchased at Amazon.com (Paperback, $19.95; Kindle, $7.99).


Jul 3rd, 2010

Summary: On Friday, July 2, 2010 Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner described 54-year-old music teacher Dan Rassier as a “person of interest” in the abduction of Jacob Wetterling at the end of the Rassier driveway on the evening of Oct. 22, 1989. Aubrey Immelman discusses aspects of criminal motive and the likely offender profile, noting the need for a linkage analyis involving the unsolved kidnapping and sexual assault of Jared S. in Cold Spring and the unexplained disappearance of Joshua Guimond from the campus of St. John’s University. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 3, 2009 Aubrey Immelman, on the occasion of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s sudden resignation from office, featured his research on Palin’s personal psychology, conducted at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics.


Feb 5th, 2009

Summary: Father Bruce Wollmering OSB, monk and priest, died suddenly on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn. … Former student Jeramiah (Jerry) McCarthy files fraud lawsuit against St. John’s Prep School and Abbey for allegedly covering up sexual misconduct by Fr. Bruce Wollmering since the mid-1960s. November 2015 update: Wollmering’s personnel file released as part of settlement in Troy Bramlage civil lawsuit.


Jan 7th, 2009

Summary: Like so many seemingly promising leads in the search for Jacob Wetterling’s abductor, the latest lead, too, appears to lead nowhere. Initial reporting on the strange case of Vernon Seitz from WTMJ television in Milwaukee, subsequent reporting from Twin Cities and Milwaukee media, and links to reports on the Jacob Wetterling and Joshua Guimond missing person cases in St. Joseph and Collegeville, Minnesota.


Dec 16th, 2008

Ottis Toole, a serial killer who died more than a decade ago is the person who decapitated the 6-year-old son of “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh in 1981, according to Florida police. The announcement brought to a close a case that has haunted the Walsh family for more than two decades, launched the television show about the nation’s most notorious criminals, and inspired changes in how authorities search for missing children.