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Access Road Photo's

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Little Hocking, Ohio

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Bonnie M. Wells

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Walking The Access Road

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{photo #18} Starting at the back bumper of my car and looking up the access road/driveway:

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{photo #19} Following the road to the top of the hill and into the level parking/turn around area at the top of the hill {see photo 18}: This is where the old building and the dump from Mary Dye's dream were supposed to be located. As you can see, neither are here. The left branch of this area takes you down to 298. The right takes you up the hill to the house. The branch in the lower right corner leads on down the road where Jenifer was buried:

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{photo #20} Pointing the camera to the left branch of the level area shown in photo 19, we can easily see the mobile home located across the highway {route 7}. This is the same mobile home pictured in photo number 14 on the first page of Access Road Photo's: Also, of notable mention is the fact that the residents of the mobile home have a full view of the turn-around area on the access road. Any vehicle coming or going at night could easily be seen by anyone in the mobile home, or on the highway.

The state claimed that Jackie McCrady drove into this area, in the wee hours of the morning, and proceeded to drive down the access road and dig a hole to bury his wife in.

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{photo #21} Swinging my camera to the right branch of the parking area, we can see the back of the house that is located on the property where the oil wells are. I was standing in the same area from where I took the picture of the mobile home, only turned around to show what was behind me.

The state contended this was a very isolated area in which there was little chance that anyone would have found Jenifer McCrady's body. I content they were wrong. Not only was there well used trails on the property but one of the neighbors went horseback riding on the property almost every day.

Also, there was a man who checked the oil wells on this property regularly. Odd thing was, he was on vacation the week that Jenifer disappeared. He reported 'disturbed ground' to Officer Garvey -- but, it was Mary Dye and Georgia Rudolph who got all the credit. That's always seemed rather odd to me.

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{photo #22} My little dog Copper, points the way toward where Jenifer McCrady was buried: We are now beginning our trip down the remainder of the oil well access "road."

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{photo #23} As we leave the graveled parking/turning area, you can see less and less gravel, and more and more grass and dirt tracks. This is the area that the state contended Jackie McCrady drove Jenifer's blazer into but got no weeds, no dirt, no mud, nothing onto or under the vehicle. Also, there were tire tracks found near the grave site. They did NOT match Jenifer's blazer; Jackie's patrol cruiser; his truck or anything else on or around the McCrady household. Yet, no one else was ever considered a possible suspect. The tire tracks were NEVER matched to anyone's vehicle.

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{photo #23} A little further down the old access road: Notice there is practically no "gravel" of any kind:

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{photo #24} Copper leads the way into an area with little or no gravel, cinders, or other type of traction material. In rainy weather this becomes very muddy and difficult to navigate. It would be almost impossible to go through this area without a four-wheel drive vehicle. Tire tracks are visible in the dried dirt, indicating that the road is traveled {by the well tender} even in bad weather: Jackie McCrady would have had to drive through this area in order to reach the spot where Jenifer was buried, because it is several hundred feet on up the trail: None of the tracks matched any of the McCrady vehicles: Personally, I spent the entire trial wondering if the tracks found there would match the ones that were found at the Roda Snyder murder scene!! Guess I'll never know because no one had sense enough to connect the two cases .... even though both men accused of the crimes had the same attorney. And by the way, both ended up in prison and the tire tracks were NEVER matched to anyone's vehicle in either case!!

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{photo #25} I'm now standing at the edge of the muddy spot {pictured #24} and am looking on up the trail toward where Jenifer was buried: Note how "the road" has now turned to almost entirely grass. Also notice that there are [no cinders] anywhere in sight. This is farm land folks, not a public highway. The state said Jackie's shovel had cinders [similar] to those found at the grave site. I contend that was a bare faced lie. The area in which Jenifer was found has never seen a 'cinder' or a chunk of gravel in its entire existence.

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{photo #26} This picture was taken while standing at the top of the curve portion of photo number 25. You can see the four lane {Ohio 7} in the picture. Anybody in this area late at night, using either head lights from their vehicle or a flash light, could have been spotted from the highway, the mobile home across the highway or possibly even from the house on top of the hill.

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{photo #27} Jenifer was buried at the base of this tree that forms the letter V: It is located to the left of "the road" that we have been following in all of these pictures: I continue to wonder why her killer carved the letter {V} into the palm of her hand after she was dead. This seems a bizarre thing for anyone to do, but especially for her husband: In the Roda Snyder case, we saw four {IIII} stab wounds in the woman's throat "after death." Roda's murder was the first "local" murder of 1996, Jenifer's was the last local one for 1996: This area is "off the road" by several feet .... 20 or more, and yet, the state contended that "cinders" found on Jackie McCrady's "flat edged shovel" were {similar} to those found at the grave site: I contended {and still do} there were/are no cinders at the grave site. The grave showed signs of pointed strike marks, like those left by a spade type shovel, which is exactly what anyone would use to dig into virgin dirt with. There is no way anyone could go into this brushy, wooded, root filled area and dig a hole with a flat edged shovel. The dirt found on Jackie McCrady's pointed shovel did not match {or was not "similar" to} the dirt found at the grave site.

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Page Posted/Updated: 9-11-04 / September 2007 / February 2013 // BMW

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Special Note: The psychic in the McCrady case was Georgia Rudolph. She died February 12, 2013: