Morbidology the Podcast – 96: Rebekah Bletsch

Podcast released on: 19th April 2021

Dalton Township is a civil township of Muskegon County. It’s the home of around 8,000 residents and is around 40 miles northwest of the hustle and bustle of Grand Rapids. It was a pleasant summer evening in 2014 when police were alerted to what was initially believed to be a tragic hit-and-run. However, upon closer…


Dalton Township is a civil township of Muskegon County. It’s the home of around 8,000 residents and is around 40 miles northwest of the hustle and bustle of Grand Rapids. It was a pleasant summer evening in 2014 when police were alerted to what was initially believed to be a tragic hit-and-run. However, upon closer inspection, it soon became apparent that this certainly wasn’t a hit-and-run.

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Audio Sources:

“911 audio of couple who found Rebekah Bletsch”

“Rebekah Bletsch’s family speaks about the death of their loved one”

“Guilty: Jeffrey Willis convicted of killing Rebekah Bletsch”

“Rebekah Bletsch’s father speaks out about Jeffrey Willis case”

“Rebekah Bletsch father speaks after Willis walks out of sentencing”

“Jeffrey Willis Hearing | Rebekah Bletsch Part 1 06/22/16”

“Jeffrey Willis Trial Prosecution Opening Statements”

“Jeffrey Willis Trial Day 3 Part 1 Surviving Victim Testifies”

“Jeffrey Willis Sentencing Hearing”

“Jeffrey Willis testifies in his own defense”

Sources:

WFIN – 1330 AM, 1 July, 2014 – “MI Jogger Death Changes from Hit and Run to Homicide”

WFIN – 1330 AM, 2 July, 2014 – “Michigan Jogger Autopsy a Place to Start”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 3 July, 2014 – “Reward Money Offered for Information”

White Lake Beacon, 6 July, 2014 – “Sheriff Seeks Help in Murder Case”

Grand Haven Tribune, 23 July, 2014 – “Loved by Everybody”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 13 July, 2014 – “Jogger’s Murder Unnerves Community”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 16 July, 2014 – “Jogger Becky Bletsch Killed Minutes Before she was Found”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 19 January, 2015 – “Husband, Sisters of Slain Rebekah Bletsch Breaks Silence”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 25 May, 2015 – “Remembering Rebekah”

Associated Press State Wire, 18 May, 2016 – “Man Charged with Kidnapping”

CBS – 11 WJHL, 18 May, 2016 – “Michigan Teen Details Alleged Abduction”

Grand Haven Tribune, 18 May, 2016 – “Kidnapping Arrest Connected with Jessica Heeringa Case”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 18 May, 2016 – “Kidnapping Suspect Jeffrey Willis’s Van Has Syringes”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 19 May, 2016 – “Jeffrey Willis Accused of Teen’s Sexual Kidnap”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 19 May, 2016 – “Who is Jeffrey Willis?”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 24 May, 2016 – “Willis a Person of Interest”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 24 May, 2016 – “Sheriff Details What Led Investigators to Accused Kidnapper”

The Associated Press News Service, 25 May, 2016 – “Michigan Kidnapping Suspect Charged in Unrelated Killing”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 25 May, 2016 – “Alleged Murderer-Kidnapper Jeffrey Willis Made His Own Child Porn”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 16 June, 2016 – “Willis Opts to Waive Prelim”

Grand Haven Tribune, 21 June, 2016 – “Police Blotter”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 21 June, 2016 – “Jeffrey Willis Admitted Involvement”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 22 June, 2016 – “Sex Evidence, Co-Worker’s Lost Gun”

Associated Press, 23 June, 2016 – “Man Accused of Murder”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 27 June, 2016 – “Jeffrey Willis Gets Divorce Papers”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 12 July, 2016 – “Willis Had List of Women’s Names”

Kalamazoo Gazette, 8 September, 2016 – “Accused Killer’s Cousin Said He Saw Missing Woman”

Grand Haven Tribune, 9 September, 2016 – “New Details Released in Murder Case”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 20 September, 2016 – “Murder Charge Against Jeffrey Willis Announced”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 20 September, 2016 – “Jessica Heeringa Died at Hands of Jeffrey Willis”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 21 September, 2016 – “How Cops Say Jeffrey Willis’ Story for Jessica Heeringa Mystery Fell Apart”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 21 September, 2016 – “Jeffrey Willis Showed Up at Jessica Heeringa’s Work Night Before Alleged Murder”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 29 December, 2016 – “Toss Out Bletsch Case”

Grand Haven Tribune, 27 April, 2017 – “Police Blotter”

Grand Haven Tribune, 6 October, 2017 – “I’m Not A Monster”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 19 October, 2017 – “Defense Says Cousin Kevin Bluhm Killed Jogger”

Grand Haven Tribune, 20 October, 2017 – “Opening Statements Begin in Jeffrey Willis Trial”

Grand Haven Tribune, 21 October, 2017 – “Bletsch Shot From Behind”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 21 October, 2017 – “Beltsch’s Killer Moved Around as He Shot”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 24 October, 2017 – “Jeffrey Willis Trial”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 25 October, 2017 – “Jeffrey Willis Trial”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 25 October, 2017 – “Ex-Wife Says He Wrote Her About Day Bletsch Died”

The Muskegon Chronicle, 28 October, 2017 – “Bullets that Killed Jogger Came from Willis Gun”

Grand Haven Tribune, 2 November, 2017 – “Jeffrey Willis Takes the Stand”

The Grand Rapids Press, 2 November, 2017 – “Defendant Denies Slaying”

Associated Press State Wire, 3 November, 2017 – “Jury Convicts Man in Fatal Shooting”

Grand Haven Tribune, 3 November, 2017 – “Jury Finds Jeffrey Willis Guilty”

The Grand Rapids Press, 9 November, 2017 – “Willis Murder Trial Revealed Previously Unknown Details”

ABC – 16 WNEP, 19 December, 2017 – “Convicted Murderer Blows Kiss”

The Grand Rapids Press, 10 January, 2018 – “Willis Cousin Goes Free”

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