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1997 - CONFESSION ON TAPE! Eyewitness to Jacob Wetterling's kidnapping describes fighting boy dragged to car with knife to his throat

Coroner's report proves the official story about Danny Heinrich was a lie

  "Jacob was punching him, I mean he was waling on him he wanted to get out of the vehicle "

By Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 27, 2018 at 8:17 A.M. CST

On July 7, 1997 a man named Michael Bahner confessed to being present at the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling who was abducted on October 22, 1989.

The recorded confession was captured by Diane Muehlbauer, an independent investigator working with Larry Peart, Peart and Associates, St. Cloud, MN.

Julie Tremp, Toledo, Ohio, an independent investigator who later began working with Muehlbauer , told Timothy Charles Holmseth (writeintoaction.com) the Stearns County Sheriff's Office was given a copy of the recorded confession in 1997 but did not enter it into their files until 2015.

The recording captures Bahner telling Muehlbauer he was present and witnessed Jacob being kidnapped at knifepoint by a man named Lou Kohls.

Timothy Charles Holmseth (this reporter) began investigating the Jacob Wetterling murder after being contacted by Tremp.

OFFICAL FALSE STORY - WIKIPEDIA

Jacob Erwin Wetterling (February 17, 1978 – October 22, 1989) was a boy from St. Joseph, Minnesota, who was kidnapped from his hometown and murdered at the age of 11 on October 22, 1989. His abduction remained a mystery for nearly 27 years.
On September 1, 2016, the FBI recovered human remains from a pasture near Paynesville, Minnesota, about 30 miles (48 km) from the site of the abduction. On September 3, the family announced the remains were those of Jacob, and local law enforcement stated that confirmation of their identity had been obtained through dental records. The location was revealed by Danny James Heinrich, a long-time person of interest in the abduction of another boy, Jared Scheierl, in the nearby town of Cold Spring. On September 6, 2016, Heinrich confessed to kidnapping and murdering Jacob Wetterling, as well as abducting and sexually assaulting Jared Scheierl.

The official story of Jacob's kidnapping and murder was contrived by members of law enforcement and the judicial community because American Public Radio was about to publish a podcast entitled In The Dark, which focused squarely on the Wetterling case.  

Based upon tips from Tremp and Muehlbauer Holmseth began to examine official reports from the coroner.  Holmseth discovered the bones and teeth found by law enforcement were not human.

The official story was a diabolical hoax.

SPECIAL EDITORS NOTE: Timothy Charles Holmseth extends a very special thank you to Diane Muehlbauer, Julie Tremp, and Larry Peart for their dedication and personal sacrifice in exposing the truth about the murder of Jacob Erwin Wetterling.

 

THE ABDUCTION OF JACOB ERWIN WETTERLING

July 7, 1997
Diane Muehlbauer with Michael Bahner
Transcribed by Timothy Charles Holmseth

DM: I was thinking last night about what you were telling me when we were sitting in the cafe - about I think I told you about Lou in the burgundy car - they got rid of that - then you told me you guys were there - you admitted to that you said you guys were in your car and he was in his or what tell me again or you don't remember it all what he said - did you see him get out?

MB: Well I saw him get out yeah

DM: Get out of the car?

MB: Yep

DM: Where did he park his car? Was it hidden?

MB: Give me a second ____ yeah it was up in the brush

DM: Oh off on that road up here

MB: Where that dead end brush road - whatever you want to cal it I call it the brush road I've brought the twins up there and stuff

DM: So where were you guys parked next to them? So both cars were up there?

MB: Yeah

DM: So then how did he get down to the road where you took him

MB: Well he got out he came over to us and talked to us I don't quite recall what he said but then he got back in and that's when it all took place

DM: He got back in and... I mean when did he take him did he walk down and take him or I guess they said he was standing up on the road - did he get him and come back and you guys got scared or what?

MB: Pretty much

DM: So how did you get him way back up by the car? You drug him?

MB: Pretty much

DM: And what did he say to you?

MB: He told me not to say anything so I've been having_______

DM: Were just going try to get to the bottom of that night because there concerned about him, not him - okay they already know he was there I'm just trying if you could just tell me a little more of what you remember I mean how he got back up there or did he tell you right away I'm going I mean how did he I mean you guys went there okay what did he say to you? Did he tell you he was going to do this?

MB: He basically said that - that he was going to do something but we didn't know.

DM: yeah

MB: And that's when he got back in the car and he left - but then we drove the guy I was with - he, we you know we waited up there for probably twenty minutes - I mean - and then we heard the tires squeal - and by the time we got you know we backed out - went down to the end - by the time we got down there - we saw him take off

DM: Jacob in the car? So you saw Jacob in the car?

MB: Yep. My own two eyes

DM: So what did he? Was he fighting him or anything?

MB: Well Jacob was punching him I mean he was waling on him he wanted to get out of the vehicle

DM: He was punching at him?

MB: I mean it was like right and left every three seconds there was a punch or something - but then

DM: Did you see Lou do anything?

MB: But then the guy I was with he saw - well I'm not going to say he saw but to me he said he thinks he saw but I know damn well that he saw it - he saw Lou have a knife - that I do know

DM: A knife?

MB: It was - he was on the front seat on the passenger side

DM: That long? You're kidding. Well how did he see it. Well he saw it obviously before he went down to get him.

MB: He was on the front seat on the passenger side

DM: Mike when Lou got Jacob could see him pulling him up the road there? Did he run up there with him?

MB: He basically grabbed him like this here - and then he had one - he had first of all he grabbed him up like this and put him this way and this arm and then Jacob somehow grabbed the back of his hair - pulled him back - and so he basically grabbed Jacob's hair - and pulled him over his eyes so it was like a blindfold basically - and then they - or I mean he basically took his hair over his eye like a blindfold tucked him back underneath his arms he had both of his hands underneath so he couldn't reach out and pull - pull his hair again or whatever and then he got him up to the car

DM: Did you see Lou hit him?

MB: I didn't see that but I saw Jacob wailing on Lou cuz he wanted out

DM: So when he got him back in his car what did he say to you guys?

MB: He didn't say nothing cuz he was right down the road - I mean

DM: So he just left you there?

MB: Pretty much he left both of us

DM: So then what did you hear next? Did you know what happened to him then?

MB: To Lou or Jacob

DM: To Jacob

MB: No I didn't I mean I was like

DM: So then it was later that you learned that he had killed him

MB: Pretty much yep - - - front seat

DM: When he brought him up did he have him at knifepoint or something

MB: Pretty much - I mean he had the knife right next to his throat

DM: He did. Why didn't he do it right there?

MB: I mean if somebody had a knife to my throat and wanted me to get in their vehicle I wouldn't put no - I wouldn't like that - I mean as all they'd have to do is go whaaacckk and you'd be dead

DM: So what car was he driving that night?

MB: He was driving his maroon

DM: That burgundy one

DM: So you know how mean he is

MB: Tell me about it. Hey lets put it this way he's worse then my uncle

DM: So then tell me also about (not easy to understand – no transcription)

MB: (No transcription)

END

PART 2

Eyewitness confirms Michael Bahner's admission of being at the scene of Jacob's kidnapping

By Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 28, 2018 at 10:13 A.M. CST

 

July 7, 1997
Diane Muehlbauer with 'Ben' from St. Joseph, Minnesota
Transcribed by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Ben - And about eight - twenty to nine, I got ready to go home and I looked up the road towards where Jacob's home - where they got kidnapped

DM: Yeah

Ben: Yeah - [inaudible] Michael and Richard and they were coming up by the woods like into the tall grass - up out of the ditch - and that's what I seen before I went downhill to go home and then

DM: Was that right by the site?

Ben: Yeah, right by where he got kidnapped -

DM: Uh-huh

Ben: And I seen Jacob, Aaron, and his little brother Trevor, when me and my dad were coming back from Tom Thumb that night we seen them going to Tom Thumb but it seemed like they came up the other way coming back from Tom Thumb up the hill

DM: Mnnnm-huh

Ben: The next day I heard that he got kidnapped

DM: And you knew the Bahner's were down there in the ditch when you left

Ben : Yep

DM: And that was about what? Twenty to nine?

Ben: Yep twenty to nine

PART 3

Michael Bahner's brother, convicted child rapist Richard Bahner, talks about knowing Jacob Wetterling (Richard and Michael were the scene of the kidnapping)

By Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 28, 2018 at 6:18 P.M.CST

 

As we know from Part 1 and 2, Michael Bahner said he was at the scene of the Jacob Wetterling kidnapping and witnessed Lou Kohls abduct Jacob at knifepoint. We also know an eyewitness 'Ben' confirms the Bahner brothers were in that area at the time of the kidnapping.

A formal criminal complaint filed in Minnesota against Michael Bahner describes abuse he inflicted upon a seven year old boy. The boy said Michael Bahnber put his penis in the victims butt and went back and forth and peed in his butt. He also threatned to beat the little boy up if he told anybody.

Here Diane Muehlbauer talks with Richard Bahner who says he used to bike ride with Jacob.

This means Jacob knew one or more of the men that forced him to a vechile on October 22, 1989 in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

January 29, 1998
Diane Muehlbauer with convicted pedophile Richard Bahner
Transcribed by Timothy Charles Holmseth

RB: And that's where I got to know the kids around town because I was like a big brother to them ____

DM: Where did you see Jacob where did you meet him?

RB: Well the other kids riding around town

DM: And then what? You'd just go bike riding?

RB: Yep bike riding up to ________ and come back - ride around town down by the railroad tracks

DM: Did he ever talk to you Richard?

RB: Jacob Wetterling? No we never had any conversations at all.

DM: You just went bike riding with him?

RB: Went Bike riding with him by ____ cafe in town there - I'd buy like a shake and a soda pop - ______ take a break and go out riding again

DM: Did he? Did he like to go bike riding with you

RB: Oh he loved it. He enjoyed it. He had a lot of fun. All the kids did. And I think what it is was a lot of these kids they don't want to go home. And they wanted to have a big brother. Somebody to be there to protect them.

DM: Do you think he looked at you like a big brother?

RB: I think he did. Because that's what I felt.

PART 4

Inmate serving time with Richard Bahner recounts what Bahner told others in prison about Jacob - tortured in apartment for days

By Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 29, 2018 at 9:29 A.M. CST

 

Diane Muehlbauer with Kevin - fellow inmate of convicted pedophile Richard Bahner
Transcribed by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Kevin: Hello

DM: Hi

Kevin: Hi

DM: I want to grab my cigarettes here

Kevin: Don't talk like that - cant' have the here

DM: Why don't you kind of tell me - nobody ha ever talked to you about this huh?

Kevin: No uh-uhh

DM: Wouldn't you think they talk to the people who heard it before you talked to him?

Kevin: Yeah that's what I would think

DM: That's kind of weird - how did this come about Kevin

Kevin: Well, Bill was talking about this guy that was over there and we was out on the yard and this dude named - they call him 'Red' - his real name is Richard but everybody calls him Red. Okay and he was out there talking to some guys about some stuff that I had never heard about and then he come up and I was talking to Bill and he said something about Jacob - I heard about - this was like 12 years ago when Jacob got kidnapped

DM: That was about nine years ago

Kevin: Nine years ago?

DM: Mmmm-hmmm

Kevin: I knew it was while back

DM: Yeah

Kevin: He started talking about it with Bill - I was standing there listening - about how him and his brother - he said some other people too but he didn't give no names or nothing - takes this kid up to his sister's apartment and tortured him for a few days -

DM: He said there was other people there?

Kevin: Yeah

DM: At the abduction or the sisters apartment

Kevin: His sisters apartment

DM: Hmmmmm? Brother. Yeah see Bill called me and said him his brother and his sister were all in on it

Kevin: Right yeah. Something about his sister tied the little kid up

DM: Yeah

Kevin: Yeah

DM: Oh the sister tied him up?

Kevin: Yeah was the one who tied him up in her apartment - I guess this all happened in his apartment for a while -

DM: I thought - I thought his sister told me the police came there the next day and asked where her brother was the night Jacob was - now it makes me wonder if they even did

Kevin: Exactly

DM: Before when ______ you think something is really wrong here what are you talking about?

Kevin: Well, it's, dude, he's being too open about it he's told a lot of people different things up in here - and then if you know if this guy didn't commit this crime how does he know so many details and why is he being so open with it. I mean he's just going around telling strangers he don't even know - then he's bringing in his brother and his sister

DM: Ya think he said it because he needs to talk about it?

Kevin: I think he's trying to get it off his chest

DM: Do you?

Kevin: Yeah

DM: Boy he sure must lie when the authorities come up there then

PART 5

Pedophile cannibal had video of Jacob Wetterling before his abduction - he was a friend of Jerry Wetterling

By Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 31, 2018 at 11:15 A.M. CST

 

Vernon Seitz was 62 years-old when he emerged from obscurity in December of 2008 - telling his psychiatrist he wanted to confess to killing two children in the late 1950's.

Only a few days later Seitz was dead.

Seitz's home was searched by police in Milwaukee and they found what was nothing short of a nightmare. His home, which contained freshly laid cement and fresh dirt mounds outside, was more like a child porn production company in a dungeon operated by a satanic cannibal.

Seitz's home contained a map of St. Jospeh, Minnesota and video of Jacob Wetterling taken before his abduction. Another disturbing item found by police was a 40" by 30" drawing entitled 'Sacrifices His Son'.

And there is something else very compelling.

Seitz was a friend of Jerry and Patty Wetterling.

Diane Muehlbauer, an independent investigator from St. Cloud, Minnesota interviewed Seitz before his death. Some of the discussions between Seitz and Muehlbauer involved Seitz acting as an go-between for Jerry Wetterling who wanted to purchase Muehlbauer's taped confession of Michael Bahner.

Bahner told Muehlbauer he was at the scene of Jacob Wetterling's kidnapping and eyewitnesses a man named Lou Kohls drag Jacob to his car with a knife to Jacob's throat.

Muehlbauer said Seitz wanted to purchase the recordings and was willing to pay any amount. "Vern offered to purchase the tapes of the Bahners, for Jerry Wetterling, for any amount. He was quite angry and frustrated when the offer 'for any amount' was refused," Muehlbauer said.

After Seitz's story made the mainstream news, Patty Wetterling said she had met Seitz. "Patty Wetterling stated she only met Vern Seitz a couple of times. According to Vern they were friends for many years," Muehlbauer said.

Muehlbauer was able to learn a great deal about Seitz. "Vern stated that when he was young, he was abducted at a zoo and taken to several homes where he was molested," she said.

Seitz said he was forced to kill another child during his abduction in 1958.

Seitz's life - when heard in his own words - is a sad and tragic nightmare that began with his captors and abusers that worshipped Satan.

"I was made to say I belonged to Satan and rejected God and all that type of stuff," Seitz told Muehlbauer. "But these people, by their actions and by some of the things I was compelled to do - well, they were ritual things okay, and involved drinking of blood".

"There was photographing of me tied to a cross," Seitz said.

Muehlbauer said she is very concerned about the way law enforcement handled evidence in the Jacob Wetterling investigation. "Understand, local law enforcement has been given this information. They have heard the tape of Michael Bahner stating he was there the night Jacob was taken," she said.

"The puzzle of the abduction of Jacob Wetterling has many pieces. Vern Seitz represents one small piece of a much bigger picture," Muehlbauer said.

She then posed the most perplexing question of all.

"Why would Jerry Wetterling have a friend that is into kiddy porn, bondage, and cannibalism," Muehlbauer said.

THE FOLLOWING WAS FOUND IN VERN SEITZ'S HOME

JACOB WETTERLING
Letters regarding Jacob Wetterling
Video of Jacob before abduction
Map of St. Joseph, Minnesota

OTHER MISSING and MURDERD PERSONS
Missing person poster and map of missing Melissa Lee Brannen
News clipping of missing Cora Jones
Poster of missing Michael Wayne Dunahee
Maps and documents of missing child Polly Klaas

ART
36" by 48" drawing of nude boy
48" by 36" drawing of 6 boys in bondage
48" by 36" drawing of 2 boys in bondage
40" by 30" drawing entitled 'Sacrifices His Son'
Drawing of nude boy in frame
Color slides of nude males
34 pages of nude boys
66" by 60" drawing of boys being prepared for crucifixion
4 nude boys tied to pole
6 nude boys with 6 adults performing genital exams
Pencil drawing of adult injecting objects into nude boys leg
Man pounding nail into boys arm

LITERATURE
Boys Will Be Boys - hardcover edition
Book on cannibalism
Book 'Eat Thy Neighbor'
Novel 'Innocent Rage'

VIDEOS
White laundry basket with 48 VHS tapes
White suitcase with 61 VHS tapes
Green plastic bin with 70 VHS tapes
Box of 35 VHS tapes
Video camera

CHILDREN'S SHOES
Size 2-1/2 gray child's shoe
Red converse tennis shows size 3-1/2

OTHER
Flesh colored candle with catheter  
Small round bone with no marrow
Human hair
Handcuff

PART 6

Behind the Scenes - Unknow Facts About The Jacob Wetterling Investigation

  Lou suddenly pointed his finger in Patty’s face and said, “It’s Not my fault”!

 

by Julie Tremp / Wetterling case researcher

Julie Tremp

Published by Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 31, 2018 at 7:21 P.M. CST

The 1997 confession
In 1997 Michael and Richard Bahner confessed to their involvement of the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling. Michael confessed in July 1997 to retired bail agent Diane Muehlbauer in her home, while private investigator Larry Peart from Peart and Associates, and officer Todd Newman hid in another room. Diane was wearing a wire.  Larry and Todd filled out a report stating there was a confession, and they took it to the SCSD.  They were met with opposition, and ordered to change their report stating there was no confession.  Richard Bahner had confessed to inmates in jail. He alleges they chopped up Jacob and threw him in the river. The names of the inmates were Bill and Kevin. All of this is on tape.

For over twenty years Diane and Larry tried to get the 1997 evidence investigated.  Diane even went to the point of reaching out to Janet Reno, and other elected officials.  The time line is interesting, as it seems each time Diane reached out to any official outside of Stearns County, there would be some kind of development on the case.   Dan Rassier was one of those “developments”, and became a person of interest right after Jacob was abducted. Although he was questioned on multiple occasions, starting soon after Jacob was taken, there seemed to be more push on Rassier as a suspect the more Diane and Larry pushed the 1997 confession.  Some of the first questions by law enforcement were Oct. 23rd 1989.  Dan Rassier was harassed, and eventually the public knew him as the main suspect.   He was continually stalked by law enforcement, and Patty Wetterling stalked him as well.  At one point Patty tried to get him to confess, but Dan stood his ground, and continued to defend his innocence.  Law enforcement had Dan hypnotized, and repeatedly interviewed him without a lawyer present.  It’s alleged that Dan Rassier was being framed to avoid further investigation of the 1997 evidence. It’s believed Sheriff Kastreba had a lot to do with suppressing the 1997 evidence, and possibly the baton was passed onto sheriff Sanner when he was elected in 2002, as he refused to investigated said evidence also.

Michael Bahner alleges Lou Kohls abducted and murdered Jacob Wetterling, and he also alleges Jacob’s father (alleged to be his step father), put Kohls up to it.  Lou drove a burgundy car, and two witnesses saw this car speeding towards the abduction sight moments before Jacob was taken. There are more witnesses that know what happened to the burgundy car. A witness by the name of Ben Bina saw the Bahner Brothers in the ditch at the abduction sight that night.  When Bina went to tell the SCSD this information, he was harassed. It’s alleged that Jacob was taken to Brenda Bahners apartment first, and Jacob was apparently tortured.

Around 1998 a man by the name of Vern Seitz came to the St. Joseph/St. Cloud area of Minnesota, claiming he was a psychic and wanted to help find Jacob.  Someone at the Jacob Wetterling Foundation was in touch with Vern, and gave him Diane Muehlbauer’s contact information.  Vern contacted Diane and told her that Jerry had asked him to meet with her at a hotel to listen to the tapes.  Why wouldn’t Jerry want to meet with Diane himself, and why wouldn’t he ask her to meet with him at the SCSD?   Why send a serial pedophile who likes to look at child porn?  Diane met with Vern at the hotel, and she took her husband Joe Muehlbauer with her.  Vern listened to the tapes, and when they met at Kay’s Kitchen later, Vern offered her money for the tapes, but Diane refused.  The Bahners, Lou Kohls, and Vern Seitz all claimed to have known the Wetterlings for many years. PI Peart alleges there were pedophiles in and out of the Wetterling house over the years.

The investigators assigned to Jacob’s case at the SCSD were Doug Pierce, Dan Nue, and Dave Nohner.  They worked for Sheriff Kastreba. Dan believed Michael Bahner’s confession was credible, but was not able to investigate it.   Later Dan was forced to resign when he tried to help Diane with the 1997 evidence.  Dan said he has enough information on the SCSD to put many of those that worked there in a federal prison.  Diane recorded a conversation with Dan Nue about this.

In late 1996 Lou Kohls slipped in front of Diane when he was talking to her about the abduction of Jacob. He told Diane, “They picked Jacob because he had the biggest testicles”.  He realized he slipped, then proceeded to blame his lover Dennis Shiles. No one besides law enforcement knew about the boys being groped the night of the abduction.  How would Lou know this unless he was there? Suddenly there’s a meeting with Lou, Patty Wetterling, Diane, Larry, and Robin at Bo Diddley’s. There was a strange occurrence: Lou suddenly pointed his finger in Patty’s face and said, “It’s Not my fault”!  What’s not his fault?!

In 1999 Diane gave Patty Wetterling three tapes; one of them being the abduction tape. As far as Diane knows Patty never did anything with the tapes.  Patty did contact Denny Sigafoose from the BCA.  He was retired, but she flew him in from where he lived in New Mexico.  Apparently Sigafoose did not investigate this 1997 evidence.  In fact he down played it to the press like it may not even be credible.  PI Larry Peart was so upset that when Sigafoose came to him for a job, he refused to hire him.  Sigafoose alleges that he caught the SCSD hiding evidence.

When I got involved in December 2014, I suggested we contact The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).  I suggested this because it was obvious that Diane and Larry were struggling to get law enforcement on a local level to investigate the 1997 evidence.  Clearly, the SCSD, the BCA, and the local FBI were not investigating, and possibly suppressing evidence.  It’s quite possible the Minneapolis FBI was never made aware of this until we contacted NCMEC in late 2014.  By 1997, I’m sure the Jacob Wetterling foundation had brought in millions in donations. How was all of this money being used?  When I called in early spring 2018, there were only 3 employees working there.

Every time Diane and Larry did reach out to officials outside of the state, these officials would call the SCSD, and this is where it ended.

I got involved in Dec. 2014 after I thought a serial pedophile from Ohio looked like the sketch featured on The Hunt with John Walsh.  Through my research on the case I found Diane Muehlbauer’s name. I sent all the appropriate information to NCMEC on the Ohio pedophile, and ultimately, he could not be traced up in Minnesota.  I suggested we reach out to NCMEC on this 1997 confession/evidence.  This government agency is a clearing house for information on missing children, and act as a liaison for people calling in tips, and they are responsible for passing along information to the appropriate parties in law enforcement.  They can’t investigate, but since NCMEC’s mission is helping to find missing kids, I believed they should know about this 1997 evidence.  We worked with Richard Leonard, and he seemed to take the 1997 evidence seriously, and at one point Diane mailed the abduction-1997 confession tape to him.  He seemed quite disturbed by this, and continued in his efforts to get this information investigated by the SCSD and the FBI in Minneapolis.  Christopher Boeckers was the assigned agent to The Jacob Wetterling case.  I continued to send multiple emails to Richard at NCMEC, and we voiced our frustrations that the SCSD refused to take any action to investigate said evidence.  He passed along all emails to the appropriate parties in LE assigned to the Wetterling case.  He voiced his frustrations about getting “outside assistance involved, but to no avail.”

We continued in our efforts, and to voice our concerns about the potential dangers of 2 serial pedophiles (the Bahners), and child pornographer (Lou Kohls), being loose in society, and the dangers posed to children in the area. Michael and Richard Bahner raped and sodomized a 7 year old boy for 7 years.  Richard was convicted, but only served 2 years out of a 4 year prison sentence. Michael was put on probation after agreeing to testify against Richard.  Of course Richard B. was running his mouth to inmates about the role he played in Jacob Wetterling’s abduction.  I assume his early release from prison may be because they wanted to avoid this evidence being open to discovery.

Allegedly, Kohls was taking nude photos of his 5 year old granddaughter.  We were scratching our heads on why the SCSD or the FBI didn’t seem to take any of this seriously.

Finally,  after I reached out to assistant Minnesota US Attorney David Genrich spring of 2015, I got a call from Dennis Kearn in April 2015.  I asked him why they won’t investigate this 1997 evidence, and he said,  “We just entered some tapes 3 weeks ago”.   This information was taken to the SCSD in 1997, so why are they entering these tapes 18 years later?!  Diane got a visit from Dennis Kearn from the SCSD,  and Chris Boeckers from the Minneapolis FBI on May 6th, 2015. This visit may or may not have something to do with reaching out to Genrich. The time line is interesting, however. The meeting Diane had with Kearn and Boeckers was bizarre to say the least.  They did not look at or touch anything that was laid out before them.

This did not slow us down, and we continued in our efforts, but writing letters to various officials, and reaching out to the media.  Diane was actually followed by channel 9’s Trish VanPilsum for years, and Trish even paid a visit to Lou Kohls at one point.  Diane also was interviewed by Channel 5’s Rob Lear.  He ended up losing his job soon after the interview.

By the time October 29th, 2015 rolled around, Daniel James Heinrich was named a person of interest.  The SCSD tried to link Jacob’s case to a Cold Spring boys case.  Jared Scheierl was abducted and sexually assaulted in January 1989.  A search warrant was drafted for the Heinrich residence when they tried to link Jared’s case with Jacob’s abduction after they identified Heinrich’s DNA on Jared’s shirt .  During the search child pornography was found.  They arrested Heinrich for this, and named him a person of interest on the Wetterling case.  Interestingly, when I spoke with Jared in late 2014, he said they were looking at a guy locked up in Moose Lake, which would have been Duane Hart.  A warrant was drafted on Hart in August 2014, when they were trying to connect his case to some Paynesville sexual assault cases.  Heinrich wasn’t even on the Map, or on Jared’s radar.

Meanwhile, Diane and I continue to hammer on this 1997 evidence, and Larry Peart helped when he could.  Larry has staunchly stood behind this evidence since they got the confession.  Michael Bahner also confessed to Larry, and Michael said, “If they find out I said anything, they said they’d kill me or my family”!  Michael started to cry and shake.  Maybe it seemed more official to him when speaking to a PI.  Larry has a transcript of this confession, and it is consistent with the confession to Diane.  Michael and Richard Bahner were told they were going to the drag races when Lou approached them October 22nd, 1989.  I don’t believe they knew what they were about to be involved in.  I believe this may be one of the reasons Michael confessed.  He was angry, and felt he was roped into it.  He has said he wanted to get something off his chest. 

In the summer of 2016 Chris Boeckers paid a visit to Diane, but this time he was alone.  When he showed up he seemed like he was in a rush.  He told Diane, “I think this might be it”.    Diane persuaded him to sit and listen to a couple of the tapes.  Boeckers left with some of the tapes and evidence pertaining to the 1997 confession, and before he walked out the door he said, “You May never see me again”.   Less than 2 business days later Boeckers came back to Diane’s home, without the information and tapes, and said, “I know you want it to be the Bahners, but it’s not; Heinrich’s the guy, he took Jacob”!  While he pounded his fist on the table with a half hearted thumbs up.   Our hearts sank!   I don’t think Boeckers believed this.  He told Diane, “They’re not going to spend the time or money to investigate this”.   

Diane and I tried not to lose heart, and we continued with our efforts to get this information investigated.   We reached out the the press again…..or they reached out to her.  Madeline Baren from MPR reached out to Diane, and the two of them set up a time to meet.  Madeline was so floored by the goldmine of evidence and spoke with Diane for many hours.  She told Diane that she wanted to tape all of it.  Diane told her that she’s not buying any more tapes, and Madeline started dumping tapes into Diane and Joe’s mail box.  Madeline brought audio equipment and a photographer to take Diane’s picture.  Madeline told Diane that this would all be in the pod cast she’s releasing on Sept. 13th, 2016.  11 days prior to that Heinrich confessed.  Again, interesting timing.

 

The Heinrich Confession, and the inconsistencies.

Apparently Danial Heinrich lead law enforcement authorities to “
“a body” One problem: According to the findings on the warrants dated August 31st , 2016,  in the first burial sight, there were only animal remains, a red jacket, and miscellaneous fabric. On the warrant dated Sept. 2nd, in the second burial sight, “apparent bones”, boys t-shirt with the name Wetterling on it, mesh shirt, and miscellaneous fabric. In a conversation with Larry Peart, Larry said this t-shirt would not have stayed in tact and survived the elements.

I do not believe the Heinrich confession to be credible, as there are many inconsistencies on his confession transcript. 

On Sept. 6th, 2016, Danial Heinrich admitted to abducting, sexually assaulting, and killing 11 year old Jacob Wetterling.
One problem: According to the findings on the warrants, the findings were not human remains.  After studying the warrants, and comparing them to Heinrich’s transcript, there were several inconsistencies.


It’s alleged by several retired law enforcement officials that the warrants do not appear to be legal.  Witness statements were allegedly  changed, most notably the Dan Rassier warrants.  It appears that Ken McDonald customized Rassier’s warrant to fit his OCD type personality.

The inconsistencies on Heinrich’s transcript:
He claimed he used a bobcat to bury Jacob.  But, Heinrich stated earlier that he became paranoid when he saw flasher lights, and that’s why he shot Jacob….because he panicked.  Why would he use a bobcat making all that noise if he was paranoid he’d been seen?

Heinrich said he came back to rebury the remains in another burial sight across the highway.  He said he didn’t need to dig up the remains, as they had already surfaced.  How can these remains resurface in a bigger hole dug with a bobcat in a year, yet for 27 years the remains didn’t surface when he dug a shallower grave in the second burial sight with a small trenching tool? 

Heinrich claims he picked up the skull, the bones, and the red jacket, then put them in a black garbage bag before he reburied the remains.  But law enforcement said they dug up the red jacket in the first burial sight, as its listed in the findings on the August 31st warrant.  There was no skull found in the second burial sight, and the skull would corroborate the bullet wound that Heinrich claims to have put into Jacob’s head. Again, there were no human remains found at either burial sight.  Diane and I, along with Larry, pointed out many of these inconsistencies to Chris Boeckers (FBI), and Richard Leonard at NCMEC.


We made it clear that we thought this whole confession by Heinrich was a big pile of BS.  Heinrich was offered a controversial plea deal in which he would not be charged for the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of Jacob Wetterling, if he lead them to his remains.  It’s alleged they found Jacob’s teeth, but no human teeth were mentioned in the findings on the warrants. 24 out of the 25 counts of child pornography were removed in the plea deal, and with good behavior Heinrich will only serve 17 years!

Diane and I were still not detoured by this poorly orchestrated coverup.
Knowing what Diane and Larry have…….the confession, the corroborating witnesses, documentation, and other information, it makes this so called Heinrich confession laughable, if it wasn’t so tragic.  This whole thing is just a huge tragedy, filled with lies, greed, and evil people.

Diane and I go back to work, and continue with our efforts.  We continue to write reporters, and we contact Madeline Baren from MPR to see what their thoughts are when they had to rewrite part of the podcast.  Baren avoided us like the plague!  Why?  Why were other reporters avoiding us?  Was the SCSD,  and those working with them trying to shut us down….shut the press down?  How can two people have such a treasure trove of evidence, and have corroborating witness statements, all this documentation, and not one reporter expresses an interest.  Who, with what amount of power, can get to so many people to shut this 1997 information down?  It’s there a mole we don’t know about…..maybe someone we’d never guess would be a mole?  I would have to think it’s something along those lines to have this shut down on so many different levels.

Starting in March 2017 a producer came wandering into the mix, and discussed doing a possible docu series.  We wasted a lot of time with him, and I’m not sure what level of a producer he is, but he wasn’t able to produce.  He tried Oxygen, A & E, and he may have tried Netflix.  None were willing to take this on.

In May of last year my husband and I drove to St. Cloud, Minnesota to finally meet Diane and Joe in person.  We also met Larry.  We Skyped with a producer and he made a small demo video that didn’t present this well.  This is a serious matter, and if he is actually trying to help, this would not be the right way to present this evidence.  We have no idea if this coverup is just at the level of the Sheriff’s office in Stearns County, or it goes up higher than that.  The BCA has to have some level of involvement in suppressing this 1997 evidence, or they simply never knew about it.  However, they were contacted by another person, and they told her they can’t investigate the Wetterling case.  Maybe this started when Sheriff Koestreba was in office, and he passed the baton onto Sheriff Sanner, who incidentally resigned as Sheriff mid term, soon after Heinrich confessed in early Sept. 2016.

 

Clearly, as of Spring 2017, Diane and I are still trying to get this evidence investigated.  If what Michael Bahner is saying about Jerry Wetterling putting Lou Kohls up to abducting and killing Jacob is true, and the Wetterlings did know the Bahners, Lou Kohls. And Vern Seitz, this is very damning; not just to them personally, but to anyone who has suppressed this evidence for 20 years.  We decided to contact the new interim Sheriff (Gudmundson) and the county commissioners who said we reached the right people to help us.  This was in late May, and In early June 2017 the Wetterlings filed a law suit to have parts of the file sealed, claiming there was personal information that could hurt their family. 

Did they want the file sealed so no one would find out that serial pedophiles alleged to personally know the Wetterlings for many years?  Their reasoning was because there were over 100 pages in the file that had personal family information, and they did not want this open to the public.  This was their reasoning in June 2017.  In April 2018, their reason for sealing the file was because there were “rumors” and “tips” that the public should never see.  Which is it?

 

In April 2018, Judge Ann Carrott ordered all files released that did not belong to the FBI.  In early spring, after Diane reached out to Chris Boeckers to see if she could get her evidence/documents/tapes , he told her to call the SCSD to see if they’ll give them back to her.  She called Mark Mix to see if he would give this 1997 evidence back to her, and he said, They’re thumbing through it.  A couple months later she called him back, and he said the 1997 information is evidence, and she’d have to call Boeckers.  She called Boeckers, and he said he didn’t have any of this information.  When she called Mark back, he said he can’t give it back because, “It’s evidence on an open case”. 

We have tried to reach out to them a couple of times the week of June 4th, 2018.  The calls have not been returned.  Diane and I reached out Richard Leonard at NCMEC to update him on these developments, and he said to keep pushing.  I also reached out to judge Ann Carrott to enquire about the status of the file, and to let her know that SCSD investigator has informed us the case has been opened.

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