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October 9, 2012

Cable TV show to focus on Nibbe murder case



“There is more to the story. There was plenty of other background about him. There was two victims in this deal. Whatever the truth is, it’s going to come out.”

Johnson said the evidence is clear that Jennifer Nibbe’s motive for murder was a selfish one. She was pursuing a sexual relationship with an old boyfriend and a large life insurance policy had been purchased for James Nibbe shortly before he was killed.

A journal that was confiscated from the Nibbe house after the murder, which prosecutors said was written by Jennifer Nibbe, talked about her boyfriend. It made no mention of abuse by her husband.

“Before she was arrested, there were no accusations of any abuse at all,” Johnson said. “Investigators did hundreds of interviews with her and her family. She had the journal that never mentioned abuse. It talked about dissatisfaction with her marriage, but nothing about any sort of abuse. That journal was key.”

Johnson had heard of the “Snapped” show before the producer called, but only because her brother and Jennifer Nibbe watched it regularly. So James Nibbe would tell Johnson about certain episodes he had watched with his wife.

 Johnson admits she has some concerns about how the show will portray the situation.

“Sometimes you just do things and see what happens,” she said.

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