Vermont MFA Student's 'Obsession' With 1980 Cold Case Leads To New Investigation And Arrest

People around the country have been fascinated by the story of the Golden State Killer, the research by the late true-crime writer Michelle McNamara, and the arrest of a suspect in the decades-long mystery back in April. But one Vermont College of Fine Arts student's writing about a different California cold case generated interest of its own that caught investigator's attention and eventually an arrest.

Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons completed her Masters in Writing and Publishing at VCFA and will graduate this weekend.

But it's Gibbons' writing on the 1980 murder of 14-year-old Suzanne Bombardier in Antioch, Calif., and articles in Salon and other publications, that got the attention of retried Antioch Police detectives.

That attention led to further investigation and a December 2017 arrest of a suspect.

Gibbons joined Vermont Edition to discuss her writing and how she first became interested in the murder of Suzanne Bombardier.

Broadcast on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.