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October 9, 2012

Cable TV show to focus on Nibbe murder case

LAKE CRYSTAL — A cable television show that focuses on the rare cases where women become murderers will be sending a crew to the Mankato area to interview people involved in the Jennifer Nibbe case.

A website describing the “Snapped” show on the Oxygen network says women are responsible for only about 7 percent of the 16,000 murders in the United States each year. The show has profiled dozens of those murders since it started in 2004.

A film crew hired by Jupiter Entertainment, the business that produces the show, will be traveling to Mankato next week to interview law enforcement officers who investigated the Aug. 31, 2011, murder of James Nibbe, 26, in Lake Crystal.

 Nibbe’s wife, Jennifer Nibbe, was eventually arrested for the murder. Nibbe, now age 35, pleaded guilty in June to shooting her husband in the back of the head while he slept and attempting to blame the murder on an intruder.

Investigators have been waiting for Nibbe’s appeal deadline to expire before going on camera to discuss the case, said Capt. Rich Murry of the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department. That deadline passed Tuesday, so plans are moving forward to do the interviews next week.

Murry said he is one of the investigators who will be interviewed. Leslie Nibbe Johnson, James Nibbe’s sister, said Special Agent Mike Anderson with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension also has agreed to be interviewed.

“They contacted the family, then they contacted our department,” Murry said. “We’re doing it out of respect to the Nibbe family — so they can get their story out there.”

One of the show’s producers contacted her family several months ago, Johnson said. That person said “Snapped” was doing an episode on Jennifer Nibbe with or without the family’s cooperation.

Having a show focus on the facts surrounding James Nibbe’s murder will be hard on his family, especially his mother, but the family decided it would be best to cooperate, Johnson said.

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