At about 9:45 p.m. on Dec. 4, 1998, a still-unidentified assailant stabbed Yale University Senior Suzanne Jovin 17 times in the head, neck and back. Less than 15 minutes later, police found her near death at the intersection of East Rock and Edgehill roads, a mile from central campus. The senior was a well liked and respected member of her class. She was active in volunteering and charitable work. The State of Connecticut and Yale University have offered rewards that together are worth a total of $150,000.
Originally, Yale Officials publicly identified Suzanne's thesis adviser and at the time Yale Political Science Lecturer, James Van de Velde as a suspect. After years of suspicion, DNA taken from under Suzanne's fingernails failed to match a sample from Van de Velde's, thereby lessening the chance that Van de Velde may have been the murderer. The case has embarassed Yale and the New Haven Police department. Did they focus on the wrong person?
July 2008, Police released a sketch of a person seen running from the area near where Jovin had been found murdered within the time frame of her murder. The person of interest was described as blonde haired white male with chiseled features.
He was reportedly wearing dark clothes and had on a loose-fitting green-colored jacket. It is over nine years later and Suzanne's killer still has not been caught. There are no witnesses and little physical evidence. The last time she was sighted was around 9:20 pm that night, what happened the next 25 minutes remains a mystery. NOTE: Some conspiracy theorists have created rumors that Suzanne Jovin was murdered because her senior thesis was about terrorist Osama Bin Laden, however, there is no evidence to suggest any of the such. At that time Bin Laden was already an internationally known figure due to his involvement in attacks on the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998. Noted author and activist Donald Connery has been critical of Law Enforcement's handling of the case and it's main focus on Van de Velde. Witnesses described a brown or tan colored van was sighted near where Suzanne Jovin was last seen alive. If you have any information on this case please contact the New Haven Police Department at 1-866-888-TIPS .
UPDATE October 10, 2009: 24 year old graduate student Annie Le was found murdered in a Yale Research Lab in September of 2009. A Co-worker named Raymond Clark has been charged with her murder. Her case is believed to be unrelated to Suzanne Jovin's unsolved homicide.