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Old 06-02-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Default The Killer of Jesslyn Rich

There is an article from SB County in CA that mentions a man named David Ribis or Ribus. He is said to have killed Jesslyn Rich. He died of a heart attack about a year after the murder. I certainly would not want to be him!
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Yeah being a dead Man must suck...
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There is an article from SB County in CA that mentions a man named David Ribis or Ribus. He is said to have killed Jesslyn Rich. He died of a heart attack about a year after the murder. I certainly would not want to be him!
Could you post the link to the article? I can't find it.

I may be in the minority on this one, but I for one think it's a 50/50 chance that Jesslyn's murder had nothing to do with the Frontera scandal. I think she may have had a jealous ex-boyfriend or crazed stalker who killed her. The way she reacted to the man she saw at the bar shortly before she disappeared made me think it wasn't someone from the prison or else she would have made a remark to her friend about it.
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Unfortunately there is no link available to this article. I have never actually seen it but I have been told that it exists.
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I think this is the article that you are talking about:
http://articles.latimes.com/1992-07-...ice-department
Cars, it seems you were on the right track, the alleged killer worked at the bar where Jesslyn vanished from.
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Yeah, I'm inclined to think that there was shady stuff going on at Frontera, but that Jesslyn's murder really had nothing to do with it. If a cop really did tell Betty that what happened to Jesslyn could happen to her, he may have just meant something "bad" not that it had anything to do with Frontera.

By the way, what is with LE telling Jesslyn's family that the remains they found were definitively hers and then changing their mind that it was her? That poor family.
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Why on Earth didn't UM ever update the segment to talk about the suspect police believe murdered Jesslyn? That article was written back in 92, you think even on the Farina hosted episodes they would have updated it. In the UM segment, Jesslyn's friend that says she got a scared look on her face and she got up and went to the bathroom where a man followed her. Based on the article, it seems like Jesslyn may have not been as scared of the man as her friend thought, since police believe she willingly left with him and went to his apartment. The "scared" look could have been nothing more than her looking at a guy she was possibly interested in.
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I also feel that Jesslyn's murder probably had little to nothing to do with Frontera. While I do believe that there were some shady goings on with the guards at Frontera, I had a very hard time placing any stock in anything that Betty Thompson had to say. Something about her just struck me as off. Her story just seemed very exaggerated and overblown to me. She seemed to be seeking attention to some extent, and portions of her story seemed a lot more like someone trying to make a situation sound shady and dangerous rather than actually having been in that kind of situation.
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I also feel that Jesslyn's murder probably had little to nothing to do with Frontera. While I do believe that there were some shady goings on with the guards at Frontera, I had a very hard time placing any stock in anything that Betty Thompson had to say. Something about her just struck me as off. Her story just seemed very exaggerated and overblown to me. She seemed to be seeking attention to some extent, and portions of her story seemed a lot more like someone trying to make a situation sound shady and dangerous rather than actually having been in that kind of situation.
I don't think she was seeking attention, because she became genuinely upset in her interview on UM. And IIRC, didn't she call the cops when someone drove by and shot at her? She would obviously not be able to fake that or make that up, and just for the simple fact that someone actually shot at her makes her story look more credible, IMO. But I do not think the prison had anything to do with Jesslyn's murder. I am confused though, police say the case was closed in 92 but did they ever find her body?
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While I do think the segment should've at least had an update, are statements from the suspect's family and the fact that he was an employee at this bar the only things the police have to connect the suspect to Rich? Seems a little tenuous on the surface.
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While I do think the segment should've at least had an update, are statements from the suspect's family and the fact that he was an employee at this bar the only things the police have to connect the suspect to Rich? Seems a little tenuous on the surface.
They have to have more than that to outright accuse the guy in print, or else they could be facing a lawsuit. I think they have more on the guy, but didn't want to divulge it to the public for whatever reason.
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I also feel that Jesslyn's murder probably had little to nothing to do with Frontera. While I do believe that there were some shady goings on with the guards at Frontera, I had a very hard time placing any stock in anything that Betty Thompson had to say. Something about her just struck me as off. Her story just seemed very exaggerated and overblown to me. She seemed to be seeking attention to some extent, and portions of her story seemed a lot more like someone trying to make a situation sound shady and dangerous rather than actually having been in that kind of situation.

I just saw the episode of Unsolved Mysteries on Lifetime last night that mentioned the case. I am suspicious of much of the story. While I do believe a prison guard named Jesslyn Rich disappeared and was murdered, I find a lot of Betty Thompson's story bogus. A female prisoner dies the day after supposedly saying she had information about Ms. Rich's murder? Why didn't the prisoner tell Ms. Thompson at that moment what she supposedly knew instead of promising to reveal it later? Was there anyone else to witness the supposed outburst? And why did Ms. Thompson go along with the falsification of the prisoner's alleged death instead of resigning?

If what Ms. Thompson said was true about massive corruption and murder at this prison, the California news media would have been all over it. But there is virtually no information on the Internet about it. Are the news media in on the "conspiracy"?

In order for there to have been a conspiracy, many people would have to be in on it. But all we have is the word of Betty Thompson. And for those of you who think she had no reason to lie, sometimes seeking attention is enough of a motive to do so.

How many times has this scenario played out: A person goes public with an outrageous story that includes a little truth but the vast majority of the story is unproven and unprovable.
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I don't think she was seeking attention, because she became genuinely upset in her interview on UM. And IIRC, didn't she call the cops when someone drove by and shot at her? She would obviously not be able to fake that or make that up, and just for the simple fact that someone actually shot at her makes her story look more credible, IMO.

You don't believe people can put on a good act when they need to? All we have is her word someone shot at her and that she called the cops.
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There's an article snippet shown during the segment that mentions other officers at Frontera, not just Betty Thompson, coming forward to reveal the curruption going on with the higher ups and drug trafficking at that prison.

I fully believe everything Betty said.
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This story gives me every reason to believe that it is truthful. Plus everything I know which was not mentioned on the show cements my beliefs.
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