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The Jacob Wetterling Documentary

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Jacob | 5 comments

The Jacob Wetterling Documentary

Back in August of 2015, just weeks before Danny Heinrich was arrested as a suspect in Jacob Wetterling’s kidnapping, a local filmmaker approached Patty Wetterling with the idea of making a documentary about Jacob’s story. His name was Chris Newberry and they were just in the early talking phases at that point. After a few more conversations, the Wetterlings agreed to let Chris begin filming later that fall.

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Finding the Ocean – The Final Chapter

Posted by on Feb 17, 2019 in Finding the Ocean, Jacob, Random | 10 comments

Finding the Ocean – The Final Chapter

Today is Jacob Wetterling’s 41st birthday, so I thought it would be a fitting day to wrap up my “Finding the Ocean” story. Here goes.

In my last post, Chapter 13, I shared what I had written on September 6, 2017. It was exactly one year to the day that Danny Heinrich had confessed to killing Jacob and I was still trying to block all of it from my memory. It’s why I had taken off on this cross country road trip in the first place. I didn’t want to think about it… didn’t want to remember.

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Finding the Ocean – Chapter 13

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Finding the Ocean, Jacob | 6 comments

Finding the Ocean – Chapter 13

First, I know it’s been a while since my last post… almost a month, in fact. Sorry about that. I think I’ve been putting off this post because I knew it would be hard to write, but for those of you who have followed me on this journey, I sincerely thank you for hanging around and being patient with me.

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Finding the Ocean – Chapter 12

Posted by on Dec 27, 2018 in Finding the Ocean | 2 comments

Finding the Ocean – Chapter 12

After spending a few hours hours walking the beach and admiring the views at Crissy Field, Zoey and I headed back to our hotel room. I was looking forward to getting a good night’s sleep, then getting up early and seeing more spectacular views of the Pacific Coast as I drove north toward Oregon on US 101.

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Finding the Ocean – Chapter 11

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Finding the Ocean | 2 comments

Finding the Ocean – Chapter 11

The friendly staff at the Hotel del Sol had my room ready by noon, and Zoey and I immediately made ourselves at home in our cute new digs. I unpacked the YETI cooler bag, rinsed all the peach and strawberry slime off everything, then put the two remaining yogurts, bag of goose jerky, and knee surgery ice packs into the mini fridge. I rinsed out the cooler in the bathtub, gave Zoey a fresh bowl of water, then went to take a shower.

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Finding the Ocean – Chapter 10

Posted by on Dec 1, 2018 in Finding the Ocean | 1 comment

Finding the Ocean – Chapter 10

After four days of solid driving and three nights of sleeping at interstate rest areas, I had finally made it to San Francisco. I’d driven almost 2,000 miles in my quest to find the ocean, and now that I was this close, I could practically taste it.

But first, there was one thing I was curious to know.

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Finding the Ocean – Interrupted #2

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Finding the Ocean, Jacob | 10 comments

Finding the Ocean – Interrupted #2

Before I continue with my “Finding the Ocean” story, I want to acknowledge something pretty big and monumental that happened yesterday. Jared Scheierl, the “other boy” in the Wetterling case (the one from Cold Spring who was abducted and sexually assaulted just nine months before Jacob), finally got some vindication in his own case. Yesterday, a Stearns County District Court Judge awarded Jared $17 million in a civil lawsuit against Danny Heinrich. And though Jared will likely never see any of that money since Heinrich has no assets, it was an important win, nonetheless. For Jared, it’s the first time he’s ever had a chance to hold Danny Heinrich accountable for what he did to him on January 13, 1989.

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Finding the Ocean – Chapter 9

Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in Finding the Ocean | 2 comments

Finding the Ocean – Chapter 9

It was Monday, September 4, 2017 – Labor Day.

By 4:30 AM, I was wide awake and ready to hit the road again. It was dark and I knew the sun wouldn’t be up for another two hours, but I couldn’t lie there anymore.  I pulled the plugs on my self-inflating air mattresses, rolled them up, and put them back in their storage bags. Good riddance. As happy as I was to have them, I never wanted to see them again… at least not for the remainder of this trip. Something had snapped in me the night before, and I’d decided I was done living like a homeless person. It was time to start enjoying this vacation.

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Finding the Ocean – Chapter 8

Posted by on Nov 11, 2018 in Finding the Ocean | 5 comments

Finding the Ocean – Chapter 8

After leaving the Sinclair Truck Stop on the Bonneville Salt Flats with a full tank of gas and a new respect for the desert heat, I was anxious to put Utah behind me and cross the Nevada border. I’d been staring at nothing but flat white ground for the past hour and a half, and I was ready for some new scenery.

Just before reaching the town of Wendover, I had a pretty view on either side of me and was optimistic that I was in for a nice, scenic stretch. These two rocky bluffs on either side of the road were the most beautiful things I’d seen since leaving Salt Lake City.

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Finding the Ocean – Chapter 7

Posted by on Oct 28, 2018 in Finding the Ocean, Jacob | 4 comments

Finding the Ocean – Chapter 7

I left Stephanie and Conrad’s house in Roy, Utah around 10:15 AM and started making my way back toward Salt Lake City. As I got closer, I started wondering what this lake actually looked like. Where is it? Would I go past it on my way?

I zoomed out on my car’s GPS screen and noticed that, once I merged onto I-80, I would indeed be passing along the south end of Salt Lake. Awesome! I couldn’t wait to see it. I wondered if people could swim in Salt Lake. How salty was it? Were there beaches? Could Zoey go for a swim? I had no idea.

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