There’s been a social media storm these last 24 hours

For those who haven’t heard, there’s a woman who claims she is Jennifer Klein who disappeared in 1974. This story has been floating around the internet for about a month, but yesterday there was a YouTube video published where the woman claimed she had DNA testing done and it proved her identity.

This woman also claims her abductors were members of a Satanic cult and that they kidnapped Kurt Newton and Etan Patz (who both disappeared in the 1970s, across the country from Jennifer) as well. She says she was brainwashed and didn’t start remembering what happened until after she was injured in a car accident.

As for what I think, well, I didn’t write this editorial but it pretty much sums up my own position on the matter.

Hopefully the truth will come out over the next few days or so. Until then, that’s all I’ve got to say.

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11 thoughts on “There’s been a social media storm these last 24 hours

  1. J. Leon July 18, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    After reading the editorial and to paraphrase Smokey Robinson, I second that emotion. .

    By the way, the Kansas City Star had a fascinating special section in Sunday’s edition highlighting cold cases-mostly murders but at least one disappearance you’ve profiled: Salvatore Manzo.

    http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article160023339.html

    They also did a segment on the two murders Richard Grissom was suspected of. Seems like they’ve backed off him on those, though.

    http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article160042699.html

    Dunno if there’s enough there to warrant any updating but hope you find it as interesting as I did.

    And speaking of updating…your entries for Chiristine Rusch and Theresa Brown still erroneously place Grandview in Kansas, T’aint, I’m afraid.

    • Meaghan July 18, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Thanks for the tip about Grandview.

  2. Kat July 18, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Even if it IS proven true, the rest is a lot to swallow. Wasn’t there someone who claimed to have seen (can’t remember exactly but) Tracy Koch, Tara Calico and one other, maybe Tiffany Sessions, all together and sold? It was something like that. If it is truly Jennifer, there is a lot of backlog, things that need to be done, etc. If this is another hoax, shame on her. That family, as have others who have been hoaxed, have gone through enough. I had not heard about this till now, btw, going to check out the info.

    • Erica July 19, 2017 / 3:35 am

      KAT – do you have a link about the Tracy Kroh claims? We’ve worked that case for years and would like to see that article. Thank you!

      • Kat July 19, 2017 / 8:50 am

        No, I don’t, and I’m not even sure I have the people right, but if I can get something on it I’ll post it here. Sorry.

  3. Judi Sampson-Young July 19, 2017 / 12:33 am

    Please think real hard about this story. There is NOTHING on any news nor have law enforcement of any kind made an announcement. The reports that she took a DNA test and it was found to be Jennifer Klein with 100% accuracy; that’s simply not true. Watch out for people who are taking pictures from people’s facebooks to compare to both Etan Patz and Kurt Newson. It’s not funny nor cute. Do you know how many men have come forward claiming to be ETan Patz over the years??? This facebook campaign has got to be just killing these family members.

      • Kasandra July 19, 2017 / 4:11 am

        Like for example when the news broke about Jaycee lee Duguard? That is BREAKING NEWS and this would be as well. So this whole they are not releasing it yet is B to the effing S!

  4. Peter Henderson Jr. July 19, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Meaghan, a day or two ago, someone posted on my page that Jennifer Klein had been found alive and the authorities had made a 100% DNA match.

    As it turns out this was most likely a cruel hoax and an effort to scam people out of money on a Go-Fund-Me page.

    As VNO points out none for the cases that video specks about have been taken off NamUs. Unlike Yuma Jane Doe, found on October 8,1999 in Yuma, Arizona, AKA Angel Baby Jane, who has been pulled for NamUs and the Doe Network says has been identified.

    Her sister Chastity Pinedo said she is Angel Marie McAllister, 18. A former foster child who left foster care when she turned 18.

  5. Lee Reynolds July 19, 2017 / 10:57 am

    I think it’s a shame that this happened. The claims are too outrageous and there are too many inconsistencies tor it to be anything other than an untruth. For instance, the ‘supposed’ Etan Patz has brown eyes. Etan Patz has blue eyes. The FBI gave her results – a 100% match. You can’t have a 100% match, and why would the FBI give results? It clearly states on the Utah.gov site (where she remains listed) that Grand County is the lead investigative team. And they’ve refused to answer even basic questions. It’s unfair for them to call people trolls and banning people for trying to vet a story. It’s beyond unprofessional for any organization to expect utter compliance in the face of zero facts.

    The frustrating part is that the website that made these claims is now saying there’s an ongoing investigation and can hide behind that, even if there is no investigation.

  6. Kat July 19, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Remember that lady who claimed be Shannon (?) Sherrill. I think she did jail time. Same should apply here, it is an old scam, but a hurtful one. Lock anyone who does this up. I’d rather lose money than have my emotions preyed on.

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