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Concerned RC Resident

United States

#1 Mar 12, 2008
The murder of Janette Roberson in Gambles Pet Store in the early 1980's can --- and must ---- be solved. There MUST be a cold case team that can reinvestigate and find the killer with all the newest DNA technology that is available today. It should have been solved and she definitely deserves justice! If anyone out there knows how this case can be reopened, please comment!
anonymous in rc

United States

#2 Mar 12, 2008
I fully agree and do not feel that near enough was done in investigating that sad case. Obviously, it had to have been someone she was close to that knew she worked there. I too would like it reopened by a cold case team.
concerned

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Mar 13, 2008
in reed city it all depends on your last name.had this poor lady been one of the "choosen " in reed city I bet more would have been done. big fish in a little pond ya know.
Neighbor

United States

#4 Mar 29, 2008
I lived 2 doors away from the Roberson family & spent time with them on numerous occasions. I was young at the time of Janette's murder,early highschool. I do not feel police did much investigating at all and completely agree that it was all about who you know to get the attention this case obviously wasn't entitled to & I wish someone could get this case reopened. I have very strong thoughts on who should have been a suspect. Janette may not have been important enough to Reed City since she was not from there, but she was important to her 2 very beautiful and exceptionally gifted and polite children. And she was important to me, she was my friend.
red

Big Rapids, MI

#5 Apr 3, 2008
something like this could only happen in Reed City...i remember it too... me and my sisters were kids at the time .... i remember the creeky wooden floor ...and the spooky basement they tryed to turn into a pet/toy area...who the hell would shop down there knowing someone snuck in off the alley and killed someone there.... creepy.....
Lazy

United States

#6 Apr 3, 2008
concerned wrote:
in reed city it all depends on your last name.had this poor lady been one of the "choosen " in reed city I bet more would have been done. big fish in a little pond ya know.
I remember the police went to a psychic and she told them it was a prominent business man of Reed City, maybe he was one of the "choosen" !
Sad

Seattle, WA

#7 Apr 14, 2008
We lived next door to the Robersons. It was many years later before the police even bothered to ask the next door neighbors if anything odd had been going on at home...
someone from there

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Apr 21, 2008
Growing up as a child in RC I was always told that a lot of people including the horrible prosecutor knew who did it but would never charge him. Please do not flame me, this was just what I was told. My mom was also a good friend of hers.
Joe

United States

#9 Apr 26, 2008
I worked with Janette for a time and she was such a sweet person. I do find it odd that the interest in the case just died...it's not like R.C. has a history full of unsolved cases. Doesn't the family & community have a right to some answers?...it still bothers me that such a bizarre case was never solved and Janette's killer never brought to justice.
anonymous

Marion, MI

#10 Apr 26, 2008
Does anyone know of ANYONE that could help get this cold case reopened? And.... I wonder who the prosecutor was back then?
anonymous

Allegan, MI

#11 Apr 29, 2008
The police chief, city commission, prosecutor (today) or all three could agree to reopen the case. This has been done successfully in two cases in the past two or three years in nearby Big Rapids. Cold case work involves significant cost and a political initiative to ensure that justice prevails. It also takes a lot of hard work and a certain amount of luck. I think you need to raise hell about it today, rather than debate what happened yesterday. Murder happened yesterday and nothing was done about it. The chance to make that right exists in the present.
anonymous

Virginia Beach, VA

#12 May 11, 2008
I lived in Reed City at the time Janette Roberson was murdered. I too agree that someone needs to reopen this case, it has bothered me that it seems to have been forgotten. I would think with the improvements in police science there might be more leads now.
xreedcityman

Holland, MI

#13 May 12, 2008
anonymous wrote:
Does anyone know of ANYONE that could help get this cold case reopened? And.... I wonder who the prosecutor was back then?
I Dont know who it would take to reopen this sad case which the barney fifes of reed city could not solve back in the eighties, i was only two doors down when she was found, town was very busy that day and was a lot of kaos..people running around screaming after she was found! it was very eerie! Reed city had the pleasure of a Hotheaded, judgemental,very shady prosecutor by the name of JAMES TALASKE. i happened to be familiar with this person and am still convinced he was nothing short of LUNATIC FRINGE!!so...it is no wonder this case was never solved! I had heard from a member of the reed city police years ago that they already knew who it was that murdered her but was lacking enough evidence. could go on and on about the subject.
anonymous

United States

#14 May 12, 2008
Please let us know any and everything you've heard - maybe something can be done yet..... How could there not be enough evidence at the crime scene - dna testing nowadays could close the case for sure.
Wanting some answers

United States

#15 May 20, 2008
I had heard that Unsolved Mysteries was interested in coming to Reed City and doing a show on it but the city council voted it down... don't know if this is a rumor or if there's some truth to it.
none

Big Rapids, MI

#16 May 21, 2008
xreedcityman wrote:
<quoted text>I Dont know who it would take to reopen this sad case which the barney fifes of reed city could not solve back in the eighties, i was only two doors down when she was found, town was very busy that day and was a lot of kaos..people running around screaming after she was found! it was very eerie! Reed city had the pleasure of a Hotheaded, judgemental,very shady prosecutor by the name of JAMES TALASKE. i happened to be familiar with this person and am still convinced he was nothing short of LUNATIC FRINGE!!so...it is no wonder this case was never solved! I had heard from a member of the reed city police years ago that they already knew who it was that murdered her but was lacking enough evidence. could go on and on about the subject.
I would say that they should be able to something now because back int he 80's u couldnt do much with dna BUT NOW YOU CAN. I would talk to someone in the reed city pros. office and see what they can do.. Preferably linda jackson(mom).. shes great maybe she can help you!. an old resident of good ol f'd up reed SHITTY
Cameron Harwell

Encino, CA

#17 Jun 18, 2008
Ladies and Gentlemen of Osceoa,
Are you aware that one of the candidates for Prosecutor (James Sims II) has never even tried a case in front of a jury. Also, he has been an attorney for less than 3 years. Can Osceola really afford another inexperienced elected official?
unknown

United States

#18 Jun 19, 2008
What does this have to do with an unsolved murder?
Lori Brinks

Greenville, MI

#19 Jun 30, 2008
I too lived in Reed City at the time poor Janette was killed. My Mom was good friends with her and we were in that store all the time. I've always wondered why no mystery show or cold case unit has never looked into this terrible crime. Maybe someone needs to do a petition and present it to the city council or prosecuter or both, then maybe something would be done about it.
Another Mystery

United States

#20 Jul 12, 2008
red wrote:
i remember the creeky wooden floor ...and the spooky basement they tryed to turn into a pet/toy area...who the hell would shop down there
Pets and toys. 2 things that are sure to lure children. Creepy indeed.

What else is known about this case?

How old was Janette? Was she married/boyfriend/dating? Who owned the store? Were they into drug/pedophilia rings etc..

Too many unknowns. There is new testing that could prove invaluable in identifying offenders.

Michigan has begun assembling "cold case teams" which are re-examining old cases. Perhaps you could contact one of them to see who you should contact for your area?

Kent County Metro for example.
http://www.accesskent.com/CourtsAndLawEnforce...

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