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    I'm surprised it was a fellow student. I was betting on security guard.

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    The story about it being a fellow student is false apparently. Yale student Annie Le murder: attack was 'inside job' - Telegraph

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    I was just watching the Today show and they were talking about an unsolved murder of a young Yale student back in '98. There was a professor who was a suspect, but never charged. I wonder if he's still around the campus?

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    ^^Yea, that was WEIRD.

    And it does appear it was a worker around the lab that is being zeroed in on..

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    Couldn't they have come up with a better term than 'inside job?' An inside job usually refers to some form of thievery and the like, not a brutal murder of a woman.

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    CNN or MSNBC is saying that the main suspect is a lab technician.

    Maybe he was jealous because she was getting married.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tictac View Post
    I was just watching the Today show and they were talking about an unsolved murder of a young Yale student back in '98. There was a professor who was a suspect, but never charged. I wonder if he's still around the campus?
    Suzanne Jovin. Her thesis adviser was the main suspect. He lost everything - his position at Yale, he was tossed from another graduate program but managed to start a new career in the defense business through his Navy connections.

    The New Haven cops really messed up that case BIG TIME. They didn't even bother to translate the victim's emails from German (her native language) for 6 years.

    Hope they do better this time.
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    MSNBC.com
    ‘Person of interest’ eyed in Yale killing
    Investigators descend on home of university lab research technician
    The Associated Press
    updated 5:08 p.m. PT, Tues., Sept . 15, 2009
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Police investigating the slaying of a Yale graduate student zeroed in on a "person of interest" Tuesday after keeping tabs on an ever-tightening circle of people connected to the medical lab where her body was found stuffed behind a wall.

    Authorities have been tightlipped almost since the minute 24-year-old Annie Le was reported missing Sept. 8, just a few days before her wedding day. Police say they have ruled out her fiancee, a Columbia University graduate student, but they have provided little additional information — other than to deny reports that a suspect was in custody.

    On Tuesday, investigators descended in large numbers on the home of a Yale animal-research technician who lives in an apartment in Middletown, about 20 miles from the New Haven campus. Le worked for a Yale laboratory that conducted experiments on mice, and investigators found her body stuffed in the basement wall of a facility that housed research animals.

    It was unclear whether the technician was the "person of interest," and whether police were giving the same attention to any others who had access to the lab where Le worked. Detectives have questioned more than 150 people, many of them believed to be connected to the busy medical research building where Le was a rising star.

    The state's chief medical examiner on Tuesday said it was withholding, at the request of prosecutors, an autopsy report that would shed light on how Le died.

    Investigators usually have reasons for keeping information secret during a criminal probe, said David Zlotnick, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches law at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.

    Secrecy helps police confront possible suspects with little-known evidence about a crime and makes it harder them to fabricate a cover story.

    "Having that information secret or private helps the investigators know, first of all, what buttons to push on the person, and it makes sure they haven't tainted the investigation," Zlotnick said.

    Family asks for privacy
    Le's body was found Sunday, the day she would have been married on New York's Long Island. Her remains had been crammed into a wall recess where utilities and cables run between floors.

    The Le family issued a statement Tuesday through a family friend, the Rev. Dennis Smith, that thanked friends and the Yale community for their support during their grieving. The family also asked for privacy.

    "The entire Yale community as well as our extended families and friends have been very supportive, helpful and caring," said Smith, speaking for the family. "Our loss would have been immeasurably more difficult to cope with without their support."

    Police now have a "person of interest," according to a state official with firsthand knowledge of the investigation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

    Authorities do not believe Le was killed by a fellow student, and they have sought to assure frightened students that Le was targeted by her killer — meaning that others were not in danger.

    Even as investigators and reporters swarmed outside the Middletown apartment complex, police denied they were doing so. A man answering the door Tuesday said the technician was not at home and closed the door.

    Lack of info
    The secrecy surrounding the case has bred confusion in some quarters, and officials have repeatedly denied media reports.

    "You guys made up the fact that we had somebody in custody, the media in general," New Haven police spokesman Joe Avery told reporters outside the police department Tuesday.

    The lack of information has also led to some measure of fear at Yale, which last dealt with a homicide in 1998 — the sensational and still-unsolved stabbing death of 21-year-old Suzanne Jovin about two miles from campus.

    Yale President Richard Levin was more forthcoming to Yale medical students, telling them Monday that police have narrowed the number of potential suspects to a small pool because building security systems recorded who entered the building and what times they entered.

    NBC News and several other news organizations have reported that police were interviewing a possible suspect who failed a polygraph test and had defensive wounds on his body. At least one reported Tuesday that it was the lab technician in Middletown.

    Along the way, various media have reported that Le was stabbed, that police found her bloody clothes and that a professor was a prime suspect — virtually all claims unconfirmed by police or met by flat denials.


    'Completely senseless'
    New Haven police said they would restrict information even more in coming days after an NBC producer was injured Tuesday as reporters outside the police department pushed to surround a spokesman during a briefing.

    The building where Le's body is accessible to Yale personnel with identification cards. Some 75 video surveillance cameras monitor all doorways.

    Her body was found in the basement, which houses rodents, mostly mice, used for scientific testing by multiple Yale researchers, Alpern said.

    "That this horrible tragedy happened at all is incomprehensible," said Le's roommate, Natalie Powers. "That it happened to her, I think is infinitely more so. It seems completely senseless."

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    NBC News contributed to this report.
    URL: ‘Person of interest’ eyed in Yale killing - Crime & courts- msnbc.com



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    I think I said earlier that it would be only a matter of time before they pinpointed who did it based on the number of cameras inside and outside the building, as well as the security logs that would document who came inside and outside the building. Even within specific rooms.

    So, the thing is, whoever did this to Le would have to have known that they were going to be caught. I was thinking, then, that the person who did this is somehow who did it in a fit of anger or a fixation on her that they couldn't (or wouldn't) control any more. If it was anger, it would be someone who had a personal grievance with her of some kind that was simmering. If it was sexual, I bet this person has a past record of sexual misconduct -- and if that's the case, how did this person get approved to be in a position to be alone with other people in a secure environment?

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    Police serve warrants in Yale grad student slaying

    (09-15) 20:18 PDT Middletown, Conn. (AP) --
    Police on Tuesday raided the apartment of a man they call a person of interest in the slaying of a Yale graduate student.
    Two search warrants for DNA and other physical evidence were served at the apartment of 24-year-old Raymond Clark III in Middletown. No charges were filed against Clark, who police said would be released after they obtain the evidence they need from him and his apartment.
    Clark, dressed in a tight-fitting white shirt, was handcuffed and escorted out of the apartment building and into a silver car. Neighbors leaned over the apartment buildings iron railings and cheered as police led him away.
    New Haven Police Chief James Lewis did not describe Clark as a suspect. He said police were hoping to compare DNA taken from him to more than 150 pieces of evidence collected from the crime scene.
    "We're going to be making sure there's not other suspects out there," Lewis said.
    Investigators began staking out Clark's home on Monday, a day after they discovered 24-year-old Anni Le's body hidden in the basement of a research building at Yale's medical school. She had vanished Sept. 8.
    Clark shares the apartment with his girlfriend, Jennifer Hromadka, whom he is engaged to marry in December 2011, according to the couple's incomplete wedding Web site. Middletown is about 20 miles north of New Haven.
    Neither the couple nor Clark's parents returned repeated telephone calls Tuesday.
    Clark moved to Middletown from New Haven six months ago, and shares the apartment with his girlfriend and three cats, according to former neighbor Taylor Goodwin, 16.
    "I never really talked to him much, he was just some guy," Goodwin said.
    It was unknown how long Clark worked at Yale or his duties. Clark's supervisors at Yale would not comment Tuesday.
    Le worked for a Yale laboratory that conducted experiments on mice, and investigators found her body stuffed in the basement wall of a facility that housed research animals.
    Authorities had been tightlipped since Le was reported missing Sept. 8, just a few days before her wedding day. Police say they have ruled out her fiancee, a Columbia University graduate student, as a suspect but have provided little additional information.
    Officials had promised Tuesday to release an autopsy report that would shed light on exactly how Le died. But then prosecutors blocked release of the results out of concern that it could hinder the investigation.
    Investigators usually have reasons for keeping information secret during a criminal probe, said David Zlotnick, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches law at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.
    Secrecy helps police confront possible suspects with little-known evidence about a crime and makes it harder them to fabricate a cover story.
    "Having that information secret or private helps the investigators know, first of all, what buttons to push on the person, and it makes sure they haven't tainted the investigation," Zlotnick said.
    Le's body was found Sunday, the day she would have been married on New York's Long Island. Her remains had been crammed into a wall recess where utilities and cables run between floors.
    The Le family issued a statement Tuesday through a family friend, the Rev. Dennis Smith, that thanked friends and the Yale community for their support during their grieving. The family also asked for privacy.
    "The entire Yale community as well as our extended families and friends have been very supportive, helpful and caring," said Smith, speaking for the family. "Our loss would have been immeasurably more difficult to cope with without their support."
    The secrecy surrounding the case has bred confusion in some quarters, and officials have repeatedly denied media reports.
    "You guys made up the fact that we had somebody in custody, the media in general," New Haven police spokesman Joe Avery told reporters outside the police department Tuesday.
    The lack of information also has led to some measure of fear at Yale, which last dealt with a homicide in 1998 — the sensational and still-unsolved stabbing death of 21-year-old Suzanne Jovin about 2 miles from campus.
    Yale President Richard Levin was more forthcoming to Yale medical students, telling them Monday that police have narrowed the number of potential suspects to a small pool because building security systems recorded who entered the building and what times they entered.
    Several news organizations have reported that police were interviewing a possible suspect who failed a polygraph test and had defensive wounds on his body. At least one reported Tuesday that it was the lab technician in Middletown.
    Along the way, various media have reported that Le was stabbed, that police found her bloody clothes and that a professor was a prime suspect — virtually all claims unconfirmed by police or met by flat denials.
    New Haven police said they would restrict information even more in coming days after an NBC producer was injured Tuesday as reporters outside the police department pushed to surround a spokesman during a briefing.
    The building where Le's body is accessible to Yale personnel with identification cards. Some 75 video surveillance cameras monitor all doorways.
    Her body was found in the basement, which houses rodents, mostly mice, used for scientific testing by multiple Yale researchers, Alpern said.
    "That this horrible tragedy happened at all is incomprehensible," said Le's roommate, Natalie Powers. "That it happened to her, I think is infinitely more so. It seems completely senseless."

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    Guy looks like PeeWee Herman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBDSP View Post
    Well...It is not that strange. One of the characteristics of Yale (I didn't go there, mind you, but have friends who did and I've seen the campus) is that it lies in a pretty urban (US code word for "black") setting. It is very much part of the city of New Haven, although much of the campus is organized into colleges (I think Oxford was used as a model).

    Compared to many other ivy league schools, like Dartmouth or Princeton, it is not in some nice suburban or rural setting--it is plopped down in a post-industrial northeastern city. Students choose it because it is an excellent school, but some of the other ivies are in a nicer, safer setting. So safety is always a topic there.

    Ironically, this young woman's working environment should have been very safe. Which just shows you.

    Are you suggesting she was killed by an outsider because Yale is in an "urban" (I hate that word) area??
    I find that hard to believe. Surely the killer will probably be a fellow student/teacher .

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    Lab tech Raymond Clark 3rd in custody for DNA tests over murder of student Annie Le



    Police took Yale lab technician Raymond Clark 3rd into custody Tuesday night to gather DNA evidence in the investigation of missing Yale grad student Annie Le.
    A storm of state troopers and FBI agents entered the 24-year-old's Middletown, Conn., apartment around 10:30 p.m. and brought him out in cuffs minutes later.
    "We are looking for DNA and physical evidence," said New Haven police chief James Lewis. "This is not an arrest warrant, this is a search warrant."
    Investigators will take DNA from Clark and examine his body, police said. They also removed evidence from his home.
    "We don't know if he is cooperating or not," Lewis said at a late-night press conference. "If he doesn't comply with this search warrant, he will be arrested."
    Cops identified Clark only as a person of interest and said they will either arrest him or rule him out as a suspect by the end of the week.
    Clark works as an animal lab tech in the building where Le had an office.
    Le was last seen leaving that building about 10 a.m. and walking into the lab where her body was later discovered stuffed in a wall. She was asphyxiated, according to The Hartford Courant.
    Police staked out Clark for 24 hours before they took him in. He did not show up for work Tuesday - and neither did his sister, brother-in-law or fiancée, all of whom work in the same lab and have the same job.
    Police zeroed in on the lab tech several days ago after Clark failed lie detector tests and had scratch marks on his chest that suggest he was in a struggle.
    Cops and FBI agents interviewed Clark several times before last night. At one point, he stopped answering questions and asked for a lawyer, the New Haven Register reported.
    Neighbors said authorities in unmarked cars arrived Monday afternoon and frequently followed and pulled over drivers in Clark's apartment complex in Middletown.
    A woman who knew Clark when he lived in New Haven last year said he screamed at children and was "very controlling" of his girlfriend.
    Anne Marie Goodwin, 40, said, "He would never let her talk to anyone. I would hear a lot of yelling upstairs. Ray was very controlling of his girlfriend."
    Clark, who does menial work with animals in a lab that does gruesome animal testing, "kept a pit bull caged in his apartment," Goodwin said.

    "We could hear the dog crying all day while he was at work. He screamed at my 17-year-old son. It was horrifying."
    Clark lives with his girlfriend and the couple shares a MySpace page. Hromadka writes extensively about her "wonderful boyfriend Ray."
    "I love hanging out with Ray's family (he has a great one) and playing with \[his sister\] Denise and \[her husband\] Shawn's Adorable kids, Caleb and Brielle."
    In May 2008, she blogged about a rumor that Clark was cheating on her with a girl in his Yale lab.
    "My boyfriend, Ray, if you don't know him, has no interest in any of the other girls at YARC as anything more than friends," she wrote, referring to the Yale Animal Resource Center.
    "He is a bit naive, doesn't always use the best judgment, definitely is not the best judge of character but he is a good guy," she wrote. "He has a big heart and tries to see the best in people ALL THE TIME! even when everyone else is telling him that the person is a psycho or that the person can't be trusted.
    "He thinks everyone deserves a second chance and has a hard time hurting people's feelings and it takes him getting burned to learn."
    Her most recent entry, written on Friday, says: "Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I'm not perfect and I don't live to be, but before you start pointing fingers make sure your hands are clean!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DolceVita View Post
    Are you suggesting she was killed by an outsider because Yale is in an "urban" (I hate that word) area??
    I find that hard to believe. Surely the killer will probably be a fellow student/teacher .
    I think she was just explaining why Annie Le wrote an article about safety on campus. It's because the environment makes people feel unsafe. And the irony is that in that lab she was sealed away from the supposedly unsafe town, yet she got killed.
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    In May 2008, she blogged about a rumor that Clark was cheating on her with a girl in his Yale lab.
    "My boyfriend, Ray, if you don't know him, has no interest in any of the other girls at YARC as anything more than friends," she wrote, referring to the
    Yale Animal Resource Center.
    Hmmmmmm. Almost makes me wonder if the girlfriend did it or might have been involved. Or maybe Ray was trying to be involved with someone else (Annie?), who maybe said NO.

    Well, this is going to get more and more interesting.

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