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On her way to work one summer morning, a beautiful young television anchorwoman vanishes without a trace. Precious little evidence remains: only her car and a few puzzling clues. Peer behind the scenes of this true crime story, and uncover the cold case file of Jodi Huisentruit, the Iowa anchorwoman who mysteriously disappeared before dawn that summer morning in 1995. SomeOn her way to work one summer morning, a beautiful young television anchorwoman vanishes without a trace. Precious little evidence remains: only her car and a few puzzling clues. Peer behind the scenes of this true crime story, and uncover the cold case file of Jodi Huisentruit, the Iowa anchorwoman who mysteriously disappeared before dawn that summer morning in 1995. Somewhere, someone still harbors the truth about what really happened. An intriguing and compelling case from the heartland of America, the search for Jodi Huisentruit baffles authorities. Multiple scenarios and theories abound. Sixteen years later, the memories of Jodiand her disappearanceremain to haunt an entire industry, her family and friends, and a loyal viewing audience. Written by a former television anchor woman with an inside look into the TV news business, this eerie and unforgettable mystery still poses more questions than answers....

Title : Dead Air: The Disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit
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ISBN : 9781592983926
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 241 Pages
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Dead Air: The Disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit Reviews

  • David
    2019-02-22 12:12

    The details of this case are fascinating, and would have made for an excellent long-form magazine piece. There is much interesting information in this book, but unfortunately it's padded with a lot of extraneous stuff- you sense it was added to make the thing book-length. Also, long chapters at the end, one detailing what various psychics have suggested about the case (!) and another where the author imagines the various scenarios in dramatized vignettes (including one on Jodi's final moments from Jodi's perspective which borders on contemptible) are given too much room, too much heft, and take away from the credibility of the rest of the book. There's no denying the author's sincere interest, and she details some interesting facts, but I can't recommend this book.

  • Bailey
    2019-03-09 08:09

    In my opinion this focused on one theory too much considering no charges have been filed in this case. Other theories were only briefly mentioned.

  • Grace
    2019-03-19 11:49

    This is a very well written book about the disapearence and currently unsolved murder of a Iowa news anchor back in 1995.I have been to, and don't live more than a few hours away from Mason City, Iowa where this crime took place, so I had to read this book.Mason City is not the type of place commonly known for crimes like this.This book was a lot more well written than I expected, and I have read tons of true crime books.I didn't think another former news anchor( not all that far from where Jody was a news anchor) could write so well, but she did an outstanding job for someone who had never previously written a true crime book.The author of this book could undoubtedly relate to Jodi in some ways, which helps makes this book more effective, but beyond that, it's just a well written, well balanced survey of this still unsolved crime.The author of this book is a good writer, and has a lot of helpful insights into the story of this crime, and Jodi's life story.Hopefully, someday this crime will actually be solved.Maybe it's just me, but reading the story of this crime reminded me of Chandra Levy (and even JonBenet Ramsey) a bit.In Chandra's case, people jumped to conclusions and thought the married congressman she was having an affair with must have had something to do with her disapearence, though he actually did not, which blinded them to the real suspect for about a decade.In JonBenet's case, people were quick to blame her parents for her murder, despite the fact that is still unproven, and they were never charged.Sometimes the most seemingly obvious suspect (or suspects) aren't responsible.Who knows if this is the case with Jodi's disapearence, particularly given other evidence mentioned in the book, but as this book argues, it's best to keep an open mind, as the author presents different scenarios at the end of the book.Jodi, even before her disapearence was a public figure, whether this had anything to with her demise it's hard to say.She also made good copy as a true crime story, like JonBenet, Chandra, and others.Ordinary people, average looking people, don't make as good a story for true crime news, but when the victim was in life, something people view as a bit (or more than a bit) glamourous, like a child beauty pageant contestant, Washington political intern having an affair with her boss, or local news anchor, the story is going to be covered even more than normal.Jodi was another missing beautiful young woman with a future ahead of her, who found herself in the headlines for reasons she could never have imagined in her lifetime.She would have understood her life story and disapearence still make a compelling news story so many years later, though.She's at peace, if only her family and friends knew what happened to her and could find their peace too.I was only a child when this crime happened, so I didn't even hear about it until 2004.But it immediately interested me, and interests me even more now that I have read this very well written book.It seems to me that if Jodi had disapeared in 2005 more into the internet age, rather than 1995, this case would have gotten even more publicity, not to say that that would have been helpful in solving this crime.There's just so many things that could have happened to her, given her local status as a well known figure, and some of her friendships with people.Hopefully, someday, her remains will be found, if not the whole truth revealed.

  • Jennifer Henschel
    2019-03-17 09:01

    Very interesting read. I am sitting at my job in Albert Lea, MN and had never heard of the psychics who believe that Jodi is buried in Albert Lea. That was interesting. I pray that she is found so her family can get some closure. I hope her story will someday have an end to it.

  • Craig Hansen
    2019-03-17 07:15

    I came into the books Dead Air with some personal touchstones.First, I grew up in the KAAL/KIMT broadcast area. I was no longer living locally in 1995, having moved to the Twin Cities, at the time of Jodi's disappearance, but when the event happened, it felt "close to home" since it affected the area I grew up in.Further complicating matters were some personal connections. My birth sister, who I did not meet until I was in college but had met and knew well by 1995, grew up in Clarissa, MN, and Long Prairie, MN, so there was a chance that she actually knew of Jodi and her family, since it's not a large area up there and everyone tends to know everyone, to some degree.So there was a feeling from two directions of this crime hitting "a bit too close to home for comfort."Finally, the author of this book, Beth Bednar, was the primary local news anchor at KAAL during most of my childhood. She began as a co-anchor with Bill Hudson, but by the time I was in high school in the 1980s, Beth was the full-time anchor.Beth came from an older school of journalism, when delivering the news in an unbiased way was more than a marketing catchphrase. I am pleased to report than, upon reading Dead Air, Beth Bednar has not changed that style.While not entirely dispassionate, Bednar relates the facts and theories of Jodi's disappearance without really developing a pet theory of her own, an approach that does justice to this unsolved cold case. She relates some of the rumors and innuendo surrounding the case without buying into it herself as a writer, nor utilizing it to titillate the reader in an exploitative manner.Although some true crime fans may prefer a more sensationalism and the proffering of a personal theory, Bednar adroitly avoids such potential pitfalls to simply relate all that is known, and the important bits about what is suspected, in this tragic disappearance.One longs for the day when Bednar's "it is what it is" approach was the journalistic fashion of the day. While bombast and opinions draw more viewers, it gets us no closer to the truth. Well-written!

  • Dara S.
    2019-03-14 08:15

    Fascinating read!!! Was Jodi's disappearance connected to what she knew or who she knew or was it a random act of a stalker? Theories, psychics and possible scenarios abound. Some in depth information about Jodi's last hours and possible suspects. Could her death be connected to another friend's death just a few months before her disappearance?I hope that anyone who reads this book who has information on the case will put aside their fears and come forward so that her family can have closure.

  • Andrea Smith
    2019-02-26 07:14

    Intriguing real-life mystery, particularly because the key players are so close to home. However, this book is very poorly written - a combination of traditional, straightforward journalism; third-person perspective; hypothetical supposition; and repetitition. It was strange that the author would often interject seemingly unconnected tidbits or stories, would elude to topics to be covered later (some were, some were not) and then talk about herself.

  • Barb
    2019-03-03 06:15

    I live in the Cedar Rapids area, so I am am somewhat aware of Jodi's disappearance and remember when it happened. While this book satisfied my curiosity as to different theories, I felt that it lacked the concrete facts I was looking for. There is a lot of extraneous information and plausible explanations, but I never had the sense that the author had much official first-hand information. Like another reviewer said, it would have made a good long article

  • Jean
    2019-03-17 10:13

    A truly interesting account of the mysteries surrounding the 1995 disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit, an anchor woman for a local TV station in Mason City, Iowa. Since her body has never been found and no person directly charged with a crime, there are many unresolved theories and rumors as to what really happened to Jodi on the morning of her disappearance. The author does an excellent job of digging into the facts and putting her spin on what may have taken place.

  • Kris
    2019-03-03 06:18

    It is a very interesting book about the Jodi Huisentruit disappearance. I found it fascinating, however, if you are not familiar with the story or from the upper midwest, it might not be a compelling read. I grew up watching Beth Bednar anchor the news for many years and thoroughly enjoy her writing style but I did think that in the last couple of chapters it was a lot of repetition and conjecture. The book fizzled out for me towards the end.

  • Kris Brooks
    2019-03-20 03:52

    Being from Mason City and remembering the event as it was happening and hearing rumor after rumor, this was very interesting but at the same time gave me that lump in the pit of my stomach that I remember at the time. Anyone that was here at the time, would love to revisit this event through Beth Bednars book.

  • Susan
    2019-03-14 10:13

    I give it a 3 because the woman can string words together in a meaningful way. I'd rate it higher except that I agree with other readers about some of the repetition. The book could have been shorter.

  • Kristi
    2019-03-12 10:05

    Very interesting and well done. I hope the mystery is solved soon, so her family can have some closure.

  • Eunys
    2019-03-17 10:01

    Although the topic is sad and at times gruesome, this book reads smoothly. I'd recommend it to anyone who recalls the time of Jodi's disappearance and still wonders about it.

  • Melissa Dally
    2019-02-20 11:12

    I am interested in this case as an Iowan who remembers when this took place. It was interesting, many details. It could've been stronger without the information from the psychics.

  • Jen
    2019-03-07 04:17

    Still unsolved mystery of the disappearance and untimely death of KIMT-TVs anchorwoman. Unfortunately, I knew how the book didn't end.

  • Jordan Hamann
    2019-02-22 12:02

    It's so inspiring to read and being a Mason City, IA native it makes you think. What happened to her? You want to do anything to find her