Mystery & Crime

Who Killed Jane?


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JT Stowe never intended to work a corporate job. Yet there he was staring at a computer screen and suffering through conference calls day after mind numbing day. His big aspirations faded as he trudged through countless status reports and mediocre performance reviews.
His only escape: true crime podcasts. He consumed them with fervor, taking notes and doing his own research on the side. One evening, his wife offered up an idea: Start your own. And he did.
JT’s hometown of Longview, NJ had one murder in its history. The killing of a high school girl in 1971 that remain unsolved in the small suburban town. Her lifeless body was discovered in a ravine the morning after she had walked home from tennis practice.
He based his podcast on that cold case. As he started asking questions, he soon learned that people in town still held secrets. Suspects emerged at every turn and they wanted nothing more than to shut JT down.
They didn’t and JT solved the mystery.
But with deadly consequences.

Friday, October 25, 2019

It had been more than forty-eight years since the killing.

There was nothing recent about it on the internet, as the case remained colder than cold—more like ice-encased. The last mention was six years earlier when a student studying criminal justice at a local community college initiated a discussion about Jane’s unsolved murder online. And that ultimately went nowhere.

But now the original Facebook discussion, from nearly a decade earlier, had been revisited, with the link occupying the first slot on his Google search, dated Thursday, October 24, 2019. One day earlier.

A click on the link. A scan of all the new comments. No names were mentioned, which was good, but that could change in an instant.

His day of reckoning would eventually come.

A nearby Bible was open to a verse of comfort and reproach:

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.

Acts 3:19

The man would make sure the guy who unearthed the murder discussion on social media never got to the point of figuring it out.

He’d keep an eye on this JT Stowe.

He’d do whatever it took to protect the secret.

About the author

John Markowski is the author of the thriller, "The Past Is Present". He currently resides in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, with his college sweetheart wife, two teenage children, and their irreplaceable rescue mutt, Mia. He is a diehard New York Mets fan and avid gardener. view profile

Published on October 19, 2020

90000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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