Updated Who's Who 7/7/2014


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Here is the updated "who's who" case players in Jacob's case. (Updated 7/7/14) Let me know if I forgot anyone and they can be added. Links to their MSM info and/or records are directly under their names. (Some names originally in the who's who have been deleted because they were not mentioned in MSM as potential suspects in Jacob's case.) I'll let Bessie know she can "sticky" this to the top.

Case Players Thread:
JW - Jacob (Jake) Erwin Wetterling: 11 year old abduction victim from St. Joseph, MN
PW - Patty Wetterling: Jacob's mom. She got the "Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act" passed in 1994.
JRW - Jerry Wetterling: Jacob's dad. Recalls feeling "spooked" earlier the day of abduction when Jacob disappeared for a couple minutes during hockey practice.
TW - Trevor Wetterling: Jacob's younger brother (10) who was with him when Jacob was abducted.
CW - Carmen Wetterling: Jacob's 8 year old sister who stayed home while the boys went to Tom Thumb.
RJ - Rochelle Jerzak: 14 year old neighbor girl of Wetterlings who babysat CW while the boys were gone.
MJ - Merlin (Merle) Jerzak: Next door neighbor and father of babysitter RJ - he called 911 when the 2 boys returned without Jacob.
AL - Aaron Larson: Jacob's best friend (11) who was with Jacob and Trevor when Jacob was abducted.
J - Jared: A boy from Cold Spring, MN who was 12 when he was forced into a car, driven out in the country, and assaulted on Friday, Jan. 13, 1989 (9:45 pm), 9 months before Jacob was taken. Jared first appeared on TV in 2004 because he felt his case might be connected to Jacob's.
http://archive.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=63364 and he recently appeared again in 2014 on several TV shows hoping to find answers.
K - Kevin: Kevin and his girlfriend followed squad cars with flashing lights that were responding to Merle's 911 call. Says he didn't see lights once out on road, so he turned around in DR's driveway. Says he spoke with unknown LE in cop car in Dr. Cotton's parking lot. This was never reported back to LE. Finally came forward with his story in 2003-04, which changed LE's thinking on the suspect from a stranger to someone local.

Law Enforcement:
SS - Sheriff Sanner: Current Stearns County Sheriff on Jacob's case.
CPJ - Captain Pam Jensen: Captain Jenson, SCPD, St. Cloud, MN, has been the lead investigator on Jacob's case since 1999.
KM - Ken McDonald: Special Agent for Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Has worked on Jacob's case since 1999.
Article on LE involved in Jacob's case: http://www.sctimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009110180047
CG - Charlie Grafft: Stearns County Sheriff when Jacob was abducted.
AG - Al Garber: Supervisor of the FBI’s Violent Crime Squad in Minneapolis in 1989, worked for several years on Jacob's case. He has written a book called “Striving to be the Best” on his years in the FBI and mentions some things about Jacob's case in his book.
JR - Jim Rothstein: A retired New York Police Detective who spent more than 35 years in the force, much of it investigating child slavery and pedophile rings. He worked on Jacob's case, Johnny Gosch's case, and the Smiley Face Killers cases. He is now Mayor of St. Martin, MN and helping investigate Jacob's case on his own time.
BG - Byron Gigler: FBI agent on Jacob's case in 1989.

People who were looked at by LE as having possible involvement in Jacob's case:
DR - Dan Rassier: Neighbor (about 1/2 mile away) from Jacob's home - Jacob's abduction happened at the end of his family's driveway. DR has been named the only official POI in Jacob's case by the Stearns County Sheriff's Dept. He was named a POI in 2010 after the search of his farm and home. There is no hard evidence (that we know of) on DR. He is a band teacher in Cold Spring, MN, teaches music at St. John's U. and plays trombone sometimes with the Deutschmeisters Polka band. He took a polygraph, but he says in the KSTP TV interview (link below) that he does not know if he passed it. He has been cooperative with LE, although highly critical of them.
Part 1 KARE 11 Interview: http://archive.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=875911&catid=396
Part 2 KARE 11 Interview: http://archive.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=875817
CBS Interview: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/...est-goes-through-day-of-wetterling-abduction/
KSTP Interview: http://greaterminnesota.kstp.com/ne...ve-interview-jacob-wetterling-person-interest

DAH - Duane Allen Hart: Convicted pedophile who was looked at in Jacob's case. "A 42-year-old rural Belgrade, Minn., man was arrested and charged Wednesday with sexually abusing two boys, providing authorities with hope of a break in the Jacob Wetterling kidnapping case. Duane Allen Hart, a laborer and truck driver, was charged in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar with assaulting a 15-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy in 1987, and the younger victim again in 1989. Hart matches the general description provided in sketches of suspects in the Wetterling case, according to FBI spokesman Byron Gigler, who said authorities received a tip about Hart several weeks ago from Paynesville residents. "They said this is someone we should take a look at," Gigler said. "In the course of the investigation, we uncovered evidence of the alleged sexual assaults." (More at link)
Archived article from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, 1990: http://www.deadzoom.com/member/samiping/DAH1990PPress.jpg http://mn.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.19960220_0003.mn.htm/qx

VS - Vernon Seitz: A barber from St. Francis, WI who had a lot of posters, video and articles on Jacob which were found along with *advertiser censored*, human bone, and other oddities in his home after Seitz died. VS came to St. Joe claiming to be a psychic wanting to help find Jacob and gave PW a painting of Jacob. PW didn't want to jump to conclusions on Seitz. http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/37188529.html and http://shamaninga.blogspot.com/2009/01/who-was-vernon-seitz.html

RB: Richard David Bahner, JR: (DOB 03/16/1965) MB's brother who was looked at in Jacob's case by LE because he had several previous sexual abuse records (link below). http://pa.courts.state.mn.us/default.aspx Case #'s: 86-K1-85-001496, Crim. Sexual Conduct 1st & 3rd (1985), 73-K3-88-000998, Crim. Sexual Conduct 2nd & 4th (1988), #, 86-K3-95-000819, Crim. Sexual Conduct 1st (1995).

MB - Michael Alan Bahner: (DOB 04/18/1972) One of the Bahner brothers from St. Joseph, MN. (DM states MB was seen near the abduction scene by Ben Bina.) Charged in 1991 for felony theft and in 1995 for criminal sexual conduct. (Record links below.) http://pa.courts.state.mn.us/default.aspx Case #'s: 86-K1-95-000818, Crim. Sexual Conduct 1st & 3rd (1995), 73-T0-91-008261, (records older than 25 years have been deleted from system.) Was looked at in Jacob's case by LE because he had previous sexual abuse records. (Michael served no actual time in prison, because he testified against his brother, Richard.)
To access records on MN court system: click on "Criminal/Traffic/Petty Case Records", enter CODE shown, and search by either "case number" or by "defendant", put in last and first name, and click search.

BrB - Brenda Bahner: Sister of the Bahner brothers who originally said (on a taped interview with DM) that her brothers had brought Jacob to her apartment that night, and then she later denied it in a you tube video - saying she had lied to investigators. This you tube video has been called "not credible" by LE.

AB - Alan Boyd Bahner: (DOB 02/14/1964 - Deceased 1998) Charged along with MB and RB in 1995 for sexual abuse in 1990. On April 16, 1985, Alan Boyd Bahner was charged with felony criminal sexual conduct for having sexual intercourse with a 10-year-old on several occasions in 1983 at his residence in Clearwater, MN. http://pa.courts.state.mn.us/default.aspx Case #'s: 86-K3-85-000608, Crim. Sexual Conduct (4/1985), 86-K5-85-000772, Crim. Sexual Conduct (5/1985).

Bahner Brothers records: On April 4, 1995, brothers Richard Bahner, Jr., Michael Bahner and Alan B. Bahner were all 3 charged with felony criminal sexual conduct involving the sodomy and other sexual abuse of a 7-year-old boy who was an acquaintance of the Bahner family. The sexual abuse occurred in 1990. At that time, the Bahner family resided in Clearwater, MN (Wright county). All 3 Bahner brothers were questioned by LE in Jacob's case, but were not arrested or charged.
(Case numbers for 1995 are listed above under each name.)

MF - Matthew "Mattie" Feeney: He was the local youth minister in St. Joe's parish and also an EMT. Convicted in 1992 of molesting 3 children. "He lured children in over 20 years ago with his decked out ex-police car. (He was an EMT and had lights, push bumpers and police radio) Children thought it was great. Soon after, he became the Youth Minister for St. Joseph Catholic Church, another way to access children." He was in Jacob's neighborhood the night of the abduction dropping off a neighbor boy from camp, but he has witnesses who place him with them at the time of abduction.
"Mr. Matthew Feeney, who admitted to molesting children in the 1990s while serving as youth minister in St. Joseph, is scheduled to appear in a Washington County courtroom on January 25, 2013. He is charged with engaging in sexual contact with a 9-year-old boy and for abusing a 15-year-old boy." http://www.behindthepinecurtain.com...misconduct-and-the-church-of-saint-joseph-mn/
"The night Jacob was taken I was returning from a Youth Group event and dropping off XXXXXX (who lived across from the Wetterlings) so we were by the 7-11 and drove down the Wetterling road within an hour (if not minutes) of the actual abduction." – Matthew Feeney (October 26, 2010)"

MWW - Michael W. Weber: (DOB 06/25/1944) A former Catholic church deacon and child welfare advocate who was a serial predator and sexual offender. A lawsuit was filed against the diocese of St. Cloud and MWW in 2011 for hiding sexual molestation charges. Weber was looked at in Jacob's case because of his previous record and similarity to the suspect sketch. http://www.behindthepinecurtain.com/wordpress/weber-updated-timeline/ and

FJP - Father James Porter: "FBI agents visited Porters home in December 1989, acting on a tip from Oakdale police, and questioned him about the October 22 disappearance of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling from St. Joseph, Minnesota. Porter denied any knowledge of the kidnapping, but admitted molesting 30 or 40 children during his years as a priest." http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/predators/porter/revelations_6.html

LK - "Lou" (Kohls): "Lou" was allegedly seen at the scene of the abduction with the Bahner brothers by Ben Bina, this was stated on taped interviews with DM. LK has arrests for theft in MN, and arrests for sexual assault in WI. http://wcca.wicourts.gov/caseDetail...mode=details&submit=View+Case+Details#party_1 (Wisconsin) Polk County Case # 1996CV000331 Stearns County Arrests: Booking Date: 07/31/2002, Released Date: 08/13/2002. Court Docket #:STEARNS/K3-01-4126 K3-01-4126. Booking Date: 02/19/2002, Released Date: 02/20/2002 Court Docket #:STEARNS/K3-01-4126
(Lou's partner/roommate, Dennis Scheil, who was arrested for child *advertiser censored*, was also looked at by LE in Jacob's case.) http://1996.occupista.com/1996/1996CF000063~48.html

PJM - Phillip Jerome Meemken: As the head of the Police Explorer program, Phillip Meemken mentored young people interested in law enforcement, but investigators say off the job he was sexually abusing kids. He spent 18 years with the Stearns County Sheriff's Office (since 1982), and had 25 criminal charges including criminal sexual conduct and furnishing alcohol to minors. He was looked at in Jacob's case because of his previous pedophile record, and people had called in tips about him because of his similarity to the suspect sketch with the hat.

PP - Polka Padre (Rev. Robert Kapoun): Kapoun has admitted to sexual contact with boys at his family's lake cabin. He was paid off to retire early from priesthood to avoid scandal. The polka padre played at the Del-Win Ballroom in St. Joe often. The Del-Win was located midway between the Tom Thumb store and DR's farm. Kapoun was looked at in Jacob's case by LE because he lived in Cold Spring and had a prior pedophile record.
Article, which has court and public records links at bottom: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/co...priest-retirement-income-came-with-a-premium/ and http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Kapoun_Robert.htm and http://caselaw.findlaw.com/mn-court-of-appeals/1112778.html

FTG - Fr. Tom Gillespie: Catholic parish priest in St. Joseph, MN in 1989. He visited the Wetterlings to console and counsel them shortly after Jacob was abducted. He is now on restriction out at St. John's Abbey because he admitted to sexually molesting young boys back in the 80's. In an email dated October 26, 2010, Matt Feeney said that he was interviewed by the FBI about Saint John’s Abbey Monk Father Thomas Gillespie and others regarding the Jacob Wetterling abduction.

FH - Francis Hoefgen: A former priest who sexually abused boys 10-13 years old from 1989 to 1992. He was looked at by LE in Jacob's case because of his past record. http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_24554218/ex-hastings-priest-living-anoka-county-named-abuse and http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2014/05/francis_hoefgen_charges_sexual_conduct.php

DA - Daniel Acker: Acker was a swim coach from Waukesha, WI, who was sentenced to 20 years on sex abuse charges. He assaulted boys between the ages of 7 and 15 from the 1970s to 2008. Acker had a fascination with missing and murdered young boys. Acker allegedly also had a fascination with the case of Jacob Wetterling out of Minnesota. http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/41976027.html http://www.nbc15.com/news/state/headlines/42050392.html
Criminal Complaint: http://media.journalinteractive.com/documents/acker_040309.pdf
"During a search of Acker's home, police found toy cars with names of dead children written on the bottom of them. They also found a large-scale police station with photos of children who had been abducted and killed, including Jacob Wetterling of Minnesota, who disappeared in 1989." http://s2.excoboard.com/exco/archive.php?ac=t&forumid=136747&date=10-10-2009&t=2035818-1 http://www.nbc15.com/news/state/headlines/42050392.html

DPW - David Paul Weiss: Weiss was arrested in St Paul in 1997 for molesting a young boy. He had told the boy about a body hidden at Fort Snelling, and also talked about Jacob Wetterling's abduction to his victim. (Source: 8/14/97 St Cloud Times: http://www.deadzoom.com/member/samiping/DPW_Weiss.jpg)
DPW worked as a paramedic, but also traveled MN as a first aid instructor from 1975 - 1997. DPW was a member of the "Find A Grave"site, who helped take photos of graves (at Fort Snelling), and he created 2 "virtual cemeteries" online - one to Monks of the California Missions and one to "Monks/priests from St. John's Abbey" - an interesting "coincidence". Once these virtual cemeteries were reported on WS, the links were removed from his find-a-grave site and a new FindAGrave site was created for him.
His photo on his new Find A Grave site: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95417537
Record: http://pa.courts.state.mn.us/CaseDetail.aspx?CaseID=672285551 Case # 62-K2-97-002529

DH & TH - Del and Tim Huber: Del Huber and his son Tim were questioned by LE back in 1989 because of a connection they had to Jacob's case. DH killed Tim Larson during an argument over $50.00 cash and some farm machinery. When arrested, DH stated one reason he had killed Tim Larson was because Larson had accused him of being involved in the abduction of Jacob. Several people from Paynesville and surrounding area suggested LE look at DH and TH back in 1989, because they both resembled the sketch's made with Jared. Comparison photos here: http://www.deadzoom.com/member/samiping/huberscomparison.jpg
Article from 2011 on shooting: http://archive.kare11.com/news/arti...filed-in-murder-of-special-education-teacher-
Article from 2014: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/stor...ce-interview-suspects-in-prison#ixzz32JvDbdA7

(To access records on MN court system, click on "Criminal/Traffic/Petty Case Records", enter CODE shown, and search by either "case number" or by "defendant", put in last and first name, and click search.)

Other players in Jacobs case (not suspects) who we have discussed on WS:

DM - Diane Muehlbauer: DM was a former bail bonds agent from St. Cloud, MN who has stated she conducted interviews with VS, MB, BrB, RB, BEB and others. She has posted these video interviews on you tube as "stearns truth" and "truth stearns". LE has dismissed these tapes as "not credible." She had stated she would reveal all in her VOCNOW blog in Oct. 2013, but she never revealed anything, and her blog is gone now in 2014. Her hard-to-hear videos are still on you tube. She is now part of the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force and has written a book due in Nov. 2014 called "Boy Disappearing." http://boydisappearing.com/about.html

BEB - Ben Edward Bina: DOB: 5/12/1977. Ben was one year older than Jacob and claimed to have seen Lou Kohls and one of the Bahner brothers at the scene of the abduction when walking home, and he said he later saw Jacob, Aaron and Trevor biking TO the store when he was in his father's car on 91st Ave. Ben had an extensive record of his own from a young age (48 counts on MN record site - http://pa.courts.state.mn.us/default.aspx), as did his father, Mark B. (14 counts), but LE still looked into his claim of being a witness. Bina was interviewed on KSTP right after a television show called "Vanished", which opened with a segment about Jacob Wetterling. He told his story to that reporter. This KSTP interview was reported in the June 25, 1999 St. Cloud Times - for which there is no longer a link because their archives don't go back that far. (Ben was never a suspect - just a potential witness.)

DC - Dan Carle: St. Cloud area based counselor and social worker (for Catholic Charities and private counseling centers). Dan Carle has counseled pedophile priests, victims of pedophile priests, and counseled/comforted the Wetterlings after Jacob was abducted. A mother of one of MWW's victims claims that Carle allowed her son to share a tent with Weber, while Carle was counseling Weber for issues related to pedophilia. He concealed the full history of MWW's sexual misconduct. In 1998, Dan Carle surrendered his license to practice social work due to boundary issues. http://www.behindthepinecurtain.com/wordpress/dan-carle-connected-to-it-all/ http://www.behindthepinecurtain.com...oads/2011/12/19980515_Dan_Carle_Surrender.pdf

FJT - Father Jerome Tupa: Another former parish priest in St. Joseph, MN during the late 80's who is an admitted sex offender on restriction at St. John's Abbey. http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2013/01/pornographer-monk-assigned-to-jacob.html

PS - Peter Stibal: Ex-Scoutmaster who was arrested for molesting boys in MN, charged with 6 counts of criminal sexual conduct. He would have only been 24 in 1989, so possibly not as likely. (But his eyes match the suspect sketch.) He was questioned by LE because there had been scouts camping in the abduction area (woods) the night before the abduction. http://www.startribune.com/local/south/124513948.html and http://www.startribune.com/local/south/67408622.html?elr=KArksUUUoDEy3LGDiO7aiU

RJ - Roger Julkowski: Roger lived in Collegeville from 1981 to 1993. He molested several boys at SJU. He died in 1993 with varying reports on how he died. There were rumors that Julkowski had abducted Jacob and disposed of his body in West Gemini Lake behind his home. http://www.behindthepinecurtain.com/wordpress/meet-roger-julkowski/

Suspects mentioned in MSM (main stream media), but never named: On May 16, 1996 we learned they had eliminated these 3 suspects: "Search warrants authorities thought were sealed are released to the public. The warrants reveal three potential suspects authorities considered early in the investigation: A then 60-year-old St. Joseph-area man who confessed to the kidnapping one month after it occurred. The man was later eliminated as a suspect and moved to a nursing home because he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. A St. Cloud State University student who was committed to a mental institution one week after Jacob’s abduction. The man later was eliminated as a suspect and killed himself in another state. A Paynesville-area man who fit the description of a man suspected of abducting and sexually assaulting a Cold Spring boy. Authorities searched his home three months after the Cold Spring abduction. Police then said that the man wasn’t a top suspect in the St. Joseph abduction, but at least one paragraph in the search warrant was blocked out." http://globegazette.com/article_2b0e6832-84d0-11df-85ff-001cc4c03286.html