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Tiffany Jenks Was Killed By A Random Stranger - But People Aren't Willing To Accept That

Updated June 14, 2019 31.2k views12 items

Early on the morning of October 8, 2013, Tiffany Jenks met up with three people in the parking lot of the Mystic nightclub in Portland, Oregon, after having spent the evening out drinking. At the end of the all-night bender, the foursome ended up at Blue Lake Park where Jenks was then shot in the head after apparently getting into an argument with one of her new friends. Her body was discovered later that morning and the three people believed to be involved in her murder were apprehended fairly quickly; however, the internet still doesn’t believe that the case is quite as open and shut as it seems.

Much like with the case of Natalie Woods, this is one of those mysterious deaths where it seems that as more information is discovered, more questions are revealed. Even though police were able to figure out exactly who killed Tiffany Jenks, no one has been able to figure out why. To add to the mystery, facts about the Tiffany Jenks murder are scant, offering only the most vague details about what truly happened to her.

When a crime such as this leaves so many questions unanswered, it lends itself to the mercy of a slew of conspiracy theories. Was Tiffany Jenks killed by the Illuminati? Did she make enemies with the Oregon State Police? Some people think one of these explanations may lead to the truth, and even though there’s someone behind bars for the murder of Tiffany Jenks, there are still far more questions left unanswered than there are in even some of the most perplexing unsolved murders.

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    Her Father Worked At Los Alamos

    According to conspiracy theorists, Jenks's father worked at the Los Alamos military base in New Mexico. For those who slept through history class, Los Alamos is also known as being the birthplace of the atomic bomb. 

    Conspiracy theorists believe that many people who were (or are) turned into MK-Ultra operatives came from families with ties to the military. Her father's connection to one of the most important moments in American history (no matter how tangential) puts her in prime conspiracy theory territory. There's even a particular group of theorists who believe Jenks was involved with MK-Ultra, or the CIA, and that she was recruited because of her father.

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    The Soon-To-Be Killers Spent All Night Drinking

    On the night of October 7, 2013, and well into the next morning, Daniel Bruynell along with Josh Robinett and his girlfriend Michelle Worden-Brosey went on a bar crawl that took them to many of the popular dive bars and strip clubs around Portland, OR. According to court documents, Robinett said that they went to at least three strip clubs before finally crossing paths with Tiffany Jenks. As the story goes, "[Robinett] wasn't sure who first met Ms. Jenks, but he did recall Mr. Bruynell talking to her." CCTV footage obtained from one of the clubs would later confirm that Jenks had in fact been hanging out with the deadly trio.

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    She May Have Been Murdered Because Of Her Job

    Prior ot her death, Tiffany Jenks worked as a hydrologist with the Bonneville Power Administration. After her father's death, she suddenly quit her job and went into a downward spiral of drug and alcohol abuse, but there are still a few people who believe that her job at BPA had something to do with her death.

    According to John S. Captain III, her ex-boyfriend, prior to her death Tiffany had been saying that "lots of people are going to die,” and many theorists believe that she knew about a plot that had to do with destroying dams or nuclear power sites in the area, and that she was killed before she could warn the public.

    There's also a theory that Jenks was participating in some kind of insider trading scheme at BPA. Allegedly Jenks told Captain that she was supposed to write down the height of a specific dam and the direction of the water flow before passing it on to coworkers. Some theorists believe that she was actually part of a vast scam being used to bilk people out of money, although it's unclear exactly how this scheme may have worked.

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    Conspiracy Theorists Believe The Oregon Police May Have Been Involved In The Murder

    There's a growing theory surrounding the death of Tiffany Jenks that claims the Oregon State Police were somehow in on her murder. Supposedly on the night she was killed, Jenks sent a text message to her on-again-off-again boyfriend John S. Captain III that said: "they want to kill me." She didn't explain who "they" were or why "they" wanted to kill her, but she was murdered that very same night. 

    Captain and a few other people believe that the police were far more involved in the crime than they let on, and that even if they didn't pull the trigger on Jenks, they know more about the murder than they're admitting.