Update, 9/29: My God, the poor woman was lynched, in the broad sense of the term - killed by group hatred. The Grand Rapids Press continues its outstanding coverage of the case with the latest story: Chandler suspect bought silence with saved photos. I hope those photos never see print.
And in yet another bizarre twist in this case, today it was announced that five -- five -- more people from Wisconsin, West Virginia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania were arrested this week for the murder of Janet Chandler -- in 1979.
Jimmy Carter was president. I was ten.
Goes to show.
Sounds to me like the first canary decided to sing. The five arrested this week are four men and one woman. The female -- Janet's boss at the time -- is accused of deciding to "teach her a lesson" by handing her over to a motley crew of degenerates. According to these early news accounts (which aren't always exactly accurate) the men and woman arrested today are accused of taking young Janet to a "party" and killing her there. The challenge in this case will be to assign blame where it is due.
Murder will out, indeed.
From Channel 8 News, Grand Rapids: Five Charged With Janet Chandler's Murder
Hazleton, Pa.,Standard Speaker: Nescopeck Woman Nabbed in Murder of Student 27 Years Ago
Muskegon Chronicle: 5 More Arrested in Chandler Slaying
Grand Rapids Press: 5 More Arrested in 27-year-old Murder Case