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    MN - Susan Spiller, 68, murdered in her Minneapolis home, 16 July 2015

    http://www.startribune.com/north-min...ion/315993331/

    "A north Minneapolis artist and community activist was killed in a home invasion Thursday morning, the latest in a recent flare up violence on the North Side."

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    Another article: http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3854088.shtml

    "Minneapolis police said the circumstances of the death are highly unusual."

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    This morning, longer story, no new information pointing to any POI.

    http://www.kare11.com/story/news/cri...cide/30254795/

    "No one was in custody as of Thursday night, which was one of the reason police had not revealed any more details about the types of injuries Spiller suffered before her death.

    The area, on the far north end of the city, does not see much police activity in general, which made the crime all the more shocking."

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    This should be solved soon.

    http://www.startribune.com/north-min...ion/316064381/

    "One nearby resident, who declined to provide her name for fear of retaliation, said that while Spiller didn’t have any enemies, she had confided in several people that a recent altercation with a troubled neighbor had left her shaken and afraid.

    Investigators are treating the case as a homicide and so far have made no arrests."

    May justice be swift. RIP Susan, thank you for loving your neighbors and neighborhood.

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    Not a word on this case that is local to me. Maybe they are waiting for evidence to be processed. Who killed Susan Spiller?

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    From that FOX article updated - "Recording reveals murdered Minneapolis activist feared for her safety"

    http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story...-susan-spiller

    MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
    Just days before her murder, Minneapolis artist and peace activist Susan Spiller gave a prophetic warning during a community board meeting.

    "I for one and my neighbor who is a single female, had a fear of retaliation if we blew the whistle on our neighbors," Spiller is heard saying in a recording of the meeting.


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    A little more information here that I hadn't read yet.

    http://www.startribune.com/north-min...nce/317663891/

    "...police sources have revealed that she was either stabbed or beaten to death."

    "A source with knowledge of the investigation described the crime scene at Spiller’s home on the 5100 block of DuPont Avenue N. as particularly grisly."

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    Obviously the police must know something here if she and another neighbor "blew the whistle" on other neighbors. Who did they blow the whistle on and for what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieWind View Post
    Obviously the police must know something here if she and another neighbor "blew the whistle" on other neighbors. Who did they blow the whistle on and for what?
    "Her fellow board members allege months of minor problems like noise complaints had reached a tipping point, to where Spiller feared retaliation for blowing the whistle."

    http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story...for-her-safety

    I'm going to take a guess that there was a "problem" property nearby. I've been through this myself and was terrified of the people that lived across the street (always renters). I complained plenty but always anonymously as I feared retaliation. The police said we HAD to complain. They couldn't just go by the house every day (crimes taking place every day) because that would be "harassing" the criminals.


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    The only thing that was mentioned that I read, was regarding noise complaints and/or garbage. There has to have been much more to it. It doesn't add up.

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    It seems there had to have been far worse secrets hidden. I suppose some people are just evil and deranged. Perhaps there was no motive.

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    Such a sad case. LE extremely tight-lipped.

    Walk Held in Memory of North Minneapolis Community Leader:

    http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3861872.shtml

    "Ann Moe—who attended the walk and is adopting Spiller’s Greyhound, Lilly—said the walk was a way to focus on the positive influence Spiller had on those around her."

    Greyhound Pets of America, Minnesota chapter - http://www.gpa-mn.org/donate.html

    Praying for justice for Susan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieWind View Post
    Obviously the police must know something here if she and another neighbor "blew the whistle" on other neighbors. Who did they blow the whistle on and for what?
    Press checked police records for prior 2 yrs. - this murdered old'ish lady had made zero 911 calls to police in that time frame.

    I would, of course, 1st suspect the 'unstable' neighbor who left this lady in fear---police, of course, have not told us who that is, plus Zippo police reports. Also, whoever this older lady's confidant was hasn't got the word out publicly (but I s'pose if that neighbor can't be deemed a 'person of interest', then press wouldn't name names, correct?)

    Second guess would be if this lady spouted off at her neighborhood gatherings against drugs, and, or guns (but prob' drugs), then I would think it sensible that a little group of 2 or 3 young ****s would have deliberately come to murder her if an awful way, you know, 'We'll teach her ('them'-the neighborhood activists) a lesson'. I wonder what the heck goes through the minds of these young people who do all these horrible things? S'pose they're just doing what they learned....

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    There are some real nice photos of Susan at a You Caring site for her.

    "This fund will be used to help with funeral costs as well as start an annual scholarship to one deserving high school student to help them pursue their love of the arts."
    Last edited by Always Amazed; 07-28-2015 at 01:16 PM. Reason: added "You Caring site", deleted link

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