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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"DATELINE NBC" BROADCAST EXCLUSIVE: The family of Barbara Winn speaks out about their mother's death

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Blogger Bob said...

(New York) - May 20, 2008 - Some say the death of 35-year-old Barbara Winn in the spring of 1981 was murder, and should have been an open and shut case. There was one abused victim, one weapon and one suspect. But soon after her death, authorities ruled there was no crime, and that Winn had taken her own life. Now, 27 years later, the case is in the headlines again. Her family always believed she was murdered, and now, authorities think so too. On Friday, May 23 (9:00 p.m., ET) on "Dateline NBC," NBC News correspondent Mike Taibbi speaks with the Winn family about their long quest for justice, and takes viewers inside the re-investigation of a case that has gripped the twin cities with political undertones that reached the highest levels of the St. Paul Police Department.

For the in-depth report, Taibbi travels to St. Paul Minn., to explore the question that many have been asking for years: why has this taken so long to be solved? In candid and emotional interviews, the Winn family discusses witnessing their mother's death and their dogged fight for justice. The hour-long report also follows Sgt. Bill Snyder as he reinvestigates; searching for new clues and talks with new witnesses. Synder tells "Dateline": "These are good people. These are people who sat and were brushed aside by the system. A system that I worked for and believed in for 33 years and told, go away."

David Corvo is the executive producer of "Dateline NBC."

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winn murder to be subject of 'Dateline NBC'

Her sister-in-law's e-mail to the show's producer led to national exposure for the 1981 shooting death.

By PAT PHEIFER, Star Tribune

Last update: May 20, 2008 - 10:38 PM

It's been 27 years since Barbara (Bobbi) Winn was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest at her home in Maplewood. It's been almost two years since the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office took up the cold case, and it's been 7 1/2 months since Winn's boyfriend, Aaron W. Foster, was charged with third-degree murder in connection with her death.

On Friday, "Dateline NBC" will broadcast an hourlong report on the investigation into Winn's death, thanks to an e-mail that arrived in producer Dan Slepian's in-box at 4:50 a.m. on a September morning in 2006.

Slepian gives much of the credit to the author of that e-mail -- Patty Bruce, Winn's sister-in-law, for her tireless quest to draw attention to the case.

"It's a lesson in what one family can do," he said.

The program will air at 8 p.m. Friday on KARE-TV, Channel 11. It will include previously unreported details from police reports, autopsy photographs, almost unprecedented access to investigators and interviews with Winn's children, who were with her the night she died.

The report will "give people in the Twin Cities an intimate look at a story they've only read headlines about," Slepian said Tuesday.

Maplewood Police were called to Winn's town home shortly after midnight May 8, 1981. Foster said at the time that he and Winn had argued earlier that night and he returned to pack his things. He said Winn was alone in their bedroom when she shot herself with his gun and then told him to get rid of the gun.

But Winn's children Randy, Tyrone and Tammi told police that they had heard Winn and Foster arguing, and saw Foster running out of the bedroom moments after hearing a gunshot.

Foster has maintained that Winn's death was a suicide. He was not charged until November 2007 when a grand jury handed up an indictment.

Physical evidence has been lost or destroyed, but the case has continued to move forward. Last week, Ramsey County District Judge Edward J. Cleary denied another defense motion to dismiss the case for lack of probable cause. Foster is due in court Thursday morning for a pretrial hearing and is scheduled to stand trial in July.

Pat Pheifer • 651-298-1551

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Physical evidence has been lost or destroyed.
This is how Ramsey County has been doing things in covering up the things that cross theRamsey County Attorney and the judges desk.
There is No honest government in Minnesota, they always cover the asses of their friend.
Not this time, after 27 years of people like Bill Finney covering for Foster.
What will happen to Foster in jail?
We will see.
Thanks to Patty Bruce, Winn's sister-in-law and the Winn family for their battle and the will to not quit.

5:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank the Lord, that this family will get its day.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PreTrial thurs 22May08, Dateline Fri.23May08 Please google
my vcr burnt, TEARS Amazing Grace sung by son of decedant Barbara Winn

Thanks to White deputy sheriff Bill Snyder, this cold case must go forward,
Facts: Foster apparantly cannot read or write?
Facts: Foster's relationship with know drug dealer (Pukey) sp
implicates the entire police department up to the present,
Facts: Foster is out NO BAIL, aparantly still employed by the City of St. Paul?
Facts: Finneys son also out now for 2 years on Paid Administrative Leave, burdonsome to taxpayers?

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am stunned. Bill Snyder should get an award.

12:31 AM  

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