Tiffany Jenks Murder

Tiffany at the 2011 Shamrock Run, Portland, OR

Six years ago, my friend and one-time housemate Tiffany Jenks was murdered. It was, to put it mildly, an enormous shock. It was also one of Portland’s most sensational killings, partly because the motive was never fully determined.

As a result, it produced vast amounts of discussion on conspiracy websites and talk-radio shows, much of it featuring her ex-boyfriend, John S. Captain, III, who also has Facebook pages, a YouTube channel, and a website promoting his theories.


My goal here is to address the resulting misinformation and speculation, without getting too deeply into the details. If you want more, the Investigation Discovery network did an hour-long documentary on her death that even includes interviews with her family, and ranker.com has an article on Tiffany, addressing Mr. Captain’s theories in considerable depth.

My own information comes from attending 27 months of legal proceedings and meeting several times with her family and the prosecutor.

The basic facts are simple. On October 8, 2013, Tiffany was found dead in Blue Lake Regional Park, in an outlying part of the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region. She had been shot once in the head, directly between the eyes.

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