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Only one word can describe the Tiffany Jenks murder: overwhelming.
First, Tiffany herself was overwhelmed: overwhelmed with the enormity of her responsibilities at the Bonneville Power Administration, overwhelmed with the challenges of life in twenty-first century Babylon, and overwhelmed with her own failure to find a way out of the trap in which she found herself..
Next, John S. Captain, her boyfriend, was overwhelmed: overwhelmed with the challenge of helping Tiffany escape the downward spiral of her desperate self-medication with alcohol and prescriptions that unbeknownst to him was fueled by an insider-trading conspiracy at work in addition to the loss of her closest support, her father. John S. Captain, a Portland businessman who did not move in the upper-level circles of the Bonneville Power Administration, was overwhelmed with the sudden tragedy of the murder of Tiffany Jenks just days, even hours, after he himself had given up on Tiffany’s drinking problem. John Captain was then overwhelmed with the unexpected indifference of the police and courts and the inexplicable hostility of Tiffany’s family and friends to his demands for justice, and finally overwhelmed by the enormity of the evil that had engulfed Tiffany’s life and that was invisible to him until after her death. Had Tiffany not been secretly recording the conspiracy of killers in her life,( knowing that no one would believe what she herself could see happening in spite of not being able to describe it) John Captain’s grief would have gone the normal course of sorrow and moving on. He eventually would have shrugged at the common injustice of untimely death and the bad luck of Tiffany’s apparently random end.
But just click on the image here to listen to a recording Tiffany Jenks made, herself, on a phone she had borrowed from John Captain so that she could do this. She was beginning to be afraid of the manipulative way she was being controlled and no one, including John, really understood what she was up against. Listen to this “therapist” and then return to read the rest of the story, because while John Captain struggles to awaken the world to the cults that infest American society, and many dismiss him because of that, Tiffany really was being controlled. This man who was posing as a therapist was involved for a long time with the small group of people controlling her. It is no accident that those people, who included certain co-workers and even close family members, benefited from Tiffany’s reliance on an unprofessionally manipulative man instead of a legitimate therapist:
The media wants us all to believe that murders of women outside bars are just an everyday petty crime, a common tragedy. But Tiffany Jenks’s death was not a common tragedy. Tiffany Jenks was not a common woman whose biggest responsibility at work might have been to handle customers in a store or assist clients in an office. Tiffany Jenks was not the kind of woman who studied a bit of this and that, just enough to get a college degree and maybe a real estate or business license, whose only responsibility in her own life might have been staying just sober enough and well-behaved enough to hold a family together, drive the kids to soccer practice and keep track of whose turn it is to host the family Thanksgiving this year.
No. Tiffany Jenks was not that kind of woman. Tiffany Jenks was an engineer at the Bonneville Power Administration. Her life was an American dream of intelligent family and friends, intellectual affluence, completely sheltered from the struggles of most people in America’s working class or welfare lines. No one is surprised when a girl from the streets, a girl who grew up in schoolyard fights and teenage shoplifting sprees and a string of drunk boyfriends ends up dead at the end of a night’s binges. The prosecution described just such a scenario. If John Captain had not embarked on a crusade of telling the world the truth about who Tiffany Jenks was and how she died, no one would ever have taken a second look at the common news story of a woman in a bar who met the wrong sort of people and wound up dead at their hands. It would have been just what the police wanted: “nothing to see here, folks, move along….”
But what exactly was Tiffany Jenks’s position at the Bonneville Power Administration and how could her job of overseeing the computerized array of dams have given anyone a reason to want her dead? And how could anyone who wanted her dead have possibly arranged not only for her murder, but also for the incredible indifference and even resistance of Law Enforcement to fully investigate and prosecute the street gang that kidnapped her and shot her in the head? How is such an enormous conspiracy even possible?
Tiffany at Bonneville
Tiffany worked at the Bonneville Power Administration in Oregon from 2001 to 2012, more than a decade. Her sister described her work as “physical scientist in real-time power generation”. A chart of Bonneville Power Administration
employees and salaries released in response to a FOIA request shows nothing but a blank space after her name and the entry of one small bonus payment for fiscal year 2013. Tiffany Jenks was murder on October 8, 2013. According to John Captain, she was making well over a hundred thousand a year in salary, not unusual for a person in charge of Real-Time Power Generation who oversaw more than 20 dams in the hydroelectric system.
What might that job have entailed? Here is what Jeremy Hau, a writer for Science Line had to say about real-time power generation in 2007 when he was quoting George Gross, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs:
“Gross said utility companies and federal agencies need to modernize the grid – not only building new transmission lines, but also using new technologies like a real-time monitoring system to make the grid more efficient.
Real-time monitoring would allow grid operators to distribute power more efficiently, as well as watch for trouble spots involving congestion and overloading. The Department of Energy and university researchers are working on developing such technology, but there is still no national system in place.
Whatever new solutions are implemented, they will have to handle the demands of the current restructured electricity markets while ensuring a reliable grid.
Hau interviewed Gross in 2007. Tiffany Jenks had already been working in power generation at Bonneville for seven years. Among the many things Tiffany said to John during the year of their relationship, just after she stopped working at Bonneville, was that a new training program had her concerned that “lots of people could die.” John did not understand what her job entailed. John was not a scientist, he was a businessman who handled real estate and investments. He met Tiffany after she had begun her downward spiral and was looking for an apartment to rent. He has described her as the smartest woman he ever met, unlike most of the women he was likely to meet. He fell in love. He argued with Tiffany about what he saw as her abandonment of her own intellect, her own “potential”, her amazing career. He did not understand how she could walk away from her old life. He did not understand that she had seen something terribly evil in that life that was beyond words. He tried to help her get sober while she tried to confide in him. They were talking to each other across a culture gap that was, in some ways, as profound as any language barrier.
What Did Tiffany Say?
What did Tiffany Jenks say to John that made him think something nefarious, like maybe “insider trading”, could have been going on before she left the Bonneville Power Administration?
Here is what John S. Captain said in an interview on March 22, 2017 with radio host Alfred Webre:
“ Alfred: And you have unfolded some of the wider implications ranging from the fact that your girlfriend, Tiffany was murdered. At the time that she was murdered, she was in charge of 21 dams. These are dams that hold back the water for the Bonneville Power Facility. And that could involve what you were saying lives of many, many people.
Yeah, Mr. Webre. Actually she had recently resigned or retired from the dams because of the fact, and I believe it, and based on the audio that she recorded with her therapist, she had come to the conclusion that there was a great possibility for her that she was a mind control victim…”
So there it is: a lot of attention is given in the truth-press to the question of mind-control victims in the MKULTRA program and their families: who they are and how they became victims, and even whether or not that is truly a reality. But there really are only two possibilities: if people are indeed put into “mind control” then someone is investing a great deal of resources and energy into controlling them, and so we have to wonder why? And if “mind control” is nothing more than an urban legend, then the more than 22,000 government documents about the mind-control program that were released to the public as a result of Congressional hearings in 1977 would have to be the most massive fabrication in history. What connects Tiffany Jenks to a mind-control program is partly the accidental history that placed her family, in the years of the CIA’s establishment of the operation, in its scope. But the more important connection is the reason she would have been murdered instead of kept on as a control victim, if in fact that is what she was. And that reason is not hard to understand, at all. It was corporate corruption at the company where she was a key employee: the Bonneville Power Administration.
Ordinary Criminal Conspiracies Also Exist
Even if MKULTRA and all of the associated mind-control phenomena never existed, someone inside the Bonneville Power Administration would have wanted Tiffany Jenks dead. That is what really matters as far as the Law (or lack of it) is concerned. It is the job of the police in Oregon to ferret out the whole story behind Tiffany Jenks’s murder and to bring the responsible parties within their jurisdiction to justice: those who are directly responsible inside the Bonneville Power Administration as well as inside the little street-gang that actually did the shooting. The American people have to deal with the MKULTRA cults that the government spawned in those horrible experiments, but the Department of Justice has to investigate and prosecute the insider trading and murderous corruption inside the Bonneville Power Administration.
Bigger Than Enron?
Here is another quote from the Webre interview, in which John Captain goes into more detail about that corruption:
“And so, when she talks to her therapist and she says to him, “I ran 21 dams in the nuclear power plant on the Columbia River Water [incomprehensible] for those people who don’t know, that runs through Oregon, Washington and provides all of Las Vegas, California with their power. By the way, just another element of this and her job at the dams. Me and Tiffany had many discussions because I’m a trader on the stock market (who understands) Insider Trading. And this is one element, not necessarily the one why she’s dead, but important for the public to know, because we’re all being taken for a ride.
Tiffany’s job at the Bonneville Power Administration was the very top level of control, okay? So there may have been other people below her. But she was a scientist in full control of the dams’ levers, where 21 dams would be raised and lowered to effectively change the water flow of water on the Columbia River and other dams of other waterway systems. And she told me several times of this part of her job was to write down on a piece of paper a number. And that number would correspond with what she was about to do to the dams. And since these people were on the other side of the glass and she was forbidden to talk to them, because they were traders, she wrote that number down and handed it through the glass to people she’s now allowed to talk to. About 10 different discussions with Tiffany about that, where I’d try to explain to her, they call that insider trading.
Now, if somebody with more brains than me about insider trading, because I don’t do insider trading. I don’t protect the public from insider trading, wants to chime in on these words, but I’m going to tell you what Tiffany said. Tiffany Jenks running the Bonneville dam… running the dams for the Bonneville Power which includes the Bonneville Dam, the Grand Coulee Dam, and those other huge dams, is involved in insider trading as an employee of the Bonneville Power Administration. Now, what she specifically told me, and we had 10 follow up arguments about that, was that she was asked her employer, Bonneville Power, to write a number down that corresponds to what she was about to do with the water flow. And because she could not talk to the people on the other side of the glass, she handed them a piece of paper with those numbers on them. Now, I said, “Tiffany. That is a classic definition of insider trading. If it’s not, give me the numbers first, so I can trade the commodity of power on the grid.” See? If I was to have those numbers that she wrote down, I would have, then, committed insider trading. Right? Period?
Now, unless somebody can tell me I’m thinking wrong, what I see is, you’ve got the top person running 21 dams, writing down a number that says, “I’m going to change the flow of the water. IE: all the power grid.” Okay, so this is bigger than (Enron) by the way. I’m going to change the flow of the water and there, on the other side, the three men on the other side or women, are going to trade power based on my actions. I said, “Tiffany, how is that not insider trading?” and she goes, well she didn’t really understand what insider trading was. I said insider trading is where you help a benefit that I don’t. Okay? There are millions and millions of senior citizens, sitting in their home right now, that can’t pay their power bill, because you guys are defrauding the public at the Bonneville Power Administration. According to her words, in my opinion only, where she writes down the action, and hands it to day traders on the other side of the window, and they destroyed power commodities. How’s that possible?
Now, there’s only 5 people or 4 people that have her job in all the Bonneville Power. She’s got paid like 150,000 a year or I believe something with that effect. So there’s only 4 other people that know the truth about this story. Tiffany confided in me… now, I can’t make this stuff up. This is what she told me, word for word. So, Tiffany wrote those numbers down, handed it to other people, and they day traded on power under the other side of the glass. And she specifically said, Mr. Webre, that she was not allowed to talk to them. So she got part of the story right. You can call it a technicality if you want. I call it insider trading.”
Alfred Webre gives some background on the kind of company we are looking at when we consider the Bonneville Power Administration. Here is what he had to say:
Alfred: Very interesting. Very interesting. Well, yeah. Here’s some more context. If you’re looking at, this is just a background on the Bonneville Power Administration. It stamps include a nuclear power plant located on the (Handford) site. So you’re talking about a nuclear power plant, you go to the history. Listen to this: “In 1973, Bill Gates and Paul Allen were hired to write software for the PDP 10 computer that manage BPA’s power grid.” Those are the guys that founded Microsoft. So, and that’s when Microsoft first took off. And those guys are illuminati. So, BPA was an illuminati company. They bought in two illuminati assets at the beginning of their careers in 1973. Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Bill Gates is like, Bill Gates is one of the three premier world artificial intelligence host and sponsors on the planet now. Along with Ray Kurzweil and Prince Charles. And Bill Gates, in 1973, Bill Gates and Paul Allen were hired to write a software for the PDP 10 computer that manage BPAs power grid. So this is a premier illuminati site. This is premier. They brought in Bill Gates and Paul Allen to launch Microsoft. BPA fueled the beginning of Microsoft in 1973.
Tiffany Jenks was in charge of “Real-Time Generation” on 21 dams in the Bonneville system. That meant she worked directly with the power flow and the computers that managed the data. She told John S. Captain that she was worried about the fact that someone in authority over her had instructed her to write numbers down on slips of paper and pass them, without speaking, to a trader. Power companies do employ traders to handle financial transactions, but one would assume that the person working in that department of the Bonneville Power Administration would have a computer screen displaying the numbers that were apparently so important, wouldn’t one?
Here are some job descriptions related to Tiffany Jenks’s position and the traders’ positions at real-time power generating systems in New York and Canada, taken from the October 2017 edition of the New York Independent System Operator’s Day-Ahead Scheduling Manual, page 28:
Real-Time Commitment (RTC) – After the Day-Ahead schedule is published and no later than 75 minutes before each hour, Customers may submit Real-Time Bids into RTC for real-time evaluation[….]The following is a brief description of the data flow between the various Day-Ahead functions. Bid Information – The Bid information that is passed to the Bid/Post System from the Market Participants is listed in the NYISO Market Participant User’s Guide. Posts Billing Information – The Bid/Post System is required to pass all schedules, pricing, and results to the Billing & Accounting System, on a daily basis. Posts User Activities – All user access to the Bid/Post System function is logged and stored. Any data items entered or changed with the associated timing information, are stored for future tracking and auditing purposes. A complete duplicate of Bid/Post System information is retained. Security Constrained Unit Commitment – The SCUC saves the hourly output of each generator for energy, reserves, and regulation. Bid/Post System to SCUC – The SCUC program requires all of the validated bid information from the Bid/Post System. External Transactions are treated in the base case as generators and loads”
You don’t have to understand the intricacies of the energy markets and insider-trading regulations to see that in all this technical language there lies the description of a process which should not have included numbers written by hand on slips of paper silently passed from the person in charge of Real Time Generation at the power plant to someone involved with transactions with outside traders. Anyone with legitimate access to that information would have had a secure computerized and regulated access. Yet, according to John Captain, Tiffany Jenks said that she was required by someone supervising her to write numbers on paper and slip them silently to someone else on the other side of a partition, every day! No wonder she was so stressed she drank too much! She may have been so focused on her own scientific work that she never bothered to learn about the stock market and its regulations, but she was not a stupid person, not by any means, and she did understand the implications of what could happen. Her very naivete might have been the reason someone at BPA thought it was safe to use her as a conduit, but her sharp intelligence may have been the reason the same person (or people) wanted her dead. Getting her pushed into the street might have been sufficient if she stayed drunk and never connected with anyone who would listen to her and believe her. But as soon as she began to sober up and connect with a new friend who did understand what she was talking about, then a murder had to be arranged.
Tiffany and John
John Captain was helping Tiffany Jenks get sober during at least part of 2013. She had been staying with a friend named Richard Lovett who, along with her mother, tried to get her to go to a Presbyterian church. Lovett had gave her a spare room in his house, an unfurnished storage closet. She continued to drink and use prescriptions while there. He and her family were supportive of Tiffany’s reliance on medical prescriptions (even though she was prescribed many
that should never have been given to an alcoholic or in combination with each other) and of her reliance on “therapy”. But Tiffany Jenks apparently felt increasingly distrustful of the “help” she was getting. When she decided not to stay in the unfurnished room at Lovett’s place, she looked around for her own rental, and she met John Captain. John fell in love with her. He stepped up to help her kick the liquor habit and he did it the old-fashioned way. He told her that if she was to stay on his premises, she was not to drink, He helped pay for some of her medical costs while she got straightened out with benefits after leaving her job. Because she had been such a highly-paid professional, she qualified for maximum disability. John’s efforts in her behalf showed him that she had been hospitalized for over a hundred thousand dollars worth of medical care for apparent suicide attempts during the time Lovett and her family were supposedly helping her. He became alarmed, this was more than he had expected, possibly more than he could handle. But he soldiered on while Tiffany tried to get sober. She was living with a man named Tony Green who was described as a drug dealer by her mother, according to John Captain. She confided stories to him of treatment from her mother that shocked him. She confided stories of what she faced at work and he told her “that sounds like insider trading.” and he had to explain it to her. He began to understand why she left that life. When he went to Lovett’s house to help Tiffany move into one of the apartments he owned, he saw a bare room. Tiffany had been sleeping on the floor. Lovett, a well-educated and well-respected published author of science fiction, a leader in Portland’s athletic community of joggers and runners, didn’t even have the common decency of any host to supply his guest with a bed! John began to see a pattern of poverty and abuse among these wealthy, cultured people that rivals anything you would see in the most run-down trailer park.
Everyone seemed to gang up on John Captain for trying to help Tiffany. Her family, who would not give her shelter, called him an abusive boyfriend. After Tiffany was killed and John Captain appeared on news talk shows describing the kind of work she did at Bonneville Power Administration, Lovett publicly mocked the idea that she had any kind of responsibility at all. He used his apparent respectability as a published science writer to discredit anything Captain would say to inspire investigation of why someone at Bonneville Power Authority might want her dead. Here is something he said on the Oppermann Report:
“She worked for the Bonneville Power Administration […] they basically market the power that comes off the Columbia River system. They have things to do with managing flows, for the salmon and navigation.“
Oppermann then inserts a new narrative, saying that people are claiming “Tiffany Jenks was inserted into the power system in order to sabotage the dams and cause great catastrophe, do you think that would even have been possible?”
This is very interesting on Oppermann’s part and I encourage you to listen to both interviews and notice Lovett’s evasive tone. By the time this interview was done, John Captain had been on numerous shows hosted by such well-known personalities as Clyde Lewis, Kev Baker, and Richie Allen, among many others who investigate conspiracies and who have focussed on the apparent MKULTRA history of Tiffany Jenks’s family (a history that is well documented to h ave involved most scientists who worked at Los Alamos during the years MKULTRA was active, which includes Tiffany Jenks’s father.) John Captain has published recordings that Tiffany made of her own so-called therapist using easily recognized MKULTRA techniques to control her responses to his questions. Much of the story John Captain has told has focussed on the psychological control that he witnessed in Tiffany’s life. But while John Captain has devoted a good deal of his energy to blaming the possible MKULTRA background of Tiffany’s family and the therapist’s use of mind-control techniques for her situation, he has never suggested she herself was some kind of sleeper-agent to be used for sabotage. Her therapist did, however, seem to suggest such things and John Captain published the recordings Tiffany began to make with a phone she borrowed from him when she began to distrust her therapist.
John Captain said that Tiffany described insider trading. When you start to examine the irregular activities at Bonneville Power Administration that she described they do suggest insider trading. Everything else that was discussed on all those radio shows about the larger problem of the American government’s mind-control programs and the MKULTRA history becomes a red herring that Oppermann is skillfully inserting into his show in a way that diverts attention from the more immediate possibility of a simple criminal conspiracy that was in danger of being exposed by Tiffany Jenks’s growing independence. I am not saying that “Mind Control” is not important to understanding what happened to Tiffany Jenks, but it is actually not that important to investigating the corruption that protected the cult-like gang who murdered her. They probably acted on behalf of someone inside the Bonneville Power Administration who was becoming paranoid about Tiffany’s inquisitive intellect. Oppermann seems to use the “MKULTRA/Monarch-Slave” angle to attempt to discredit John Captain’s narrative.
Very strange, frankly, when you consider that Oppermann promotes himself as a conspiracy investigator. He cleverly does not attribute the Monarch-Slave insertion claim to John Captain, because in the entire interview Captain never said that. What Captain did say, in response to Oppermann’s questions after almost two hours of an excellent presentation of dozens of facts and examples of official misconduct surrounding the murder investigation and the prosecution, was that Tiffany Jenks herself said to him as well as to her therapist (in a recorded session!) that she was under mind control, she was a “robot”, etc and that he did not understand what she was talking about because he had never heard of the Illuminati, Monarch Slaves, etc and wouldn’t have believed it if he had. Captain says that he only came to understand this part of Tiffany’s life AFTER he met Clyde Lewis and began learning about it from Mr. Lewis.
Now at this point in Mr. Oppermann’s interview it is important to note that at about one hour and fifty minutes into the discussion, Oppermann comes back from a break and says he now wants to talk about these theories. Captain did not steer the conversation in that direction, Oppermann did. Then Oppermann seems to chuckle at the idea that John S. Captain is in China. He seems to forget that at an earlier point in the interview, when they were reviewing the events of Captain’s relationship with Tiffany Jenks, that Captain describes himself and Tiffany spending time in Thailand. He also ignores the fact that it is not at all uncommon for businessmen to have reasons to be in China, or for people with the means to do so, to travel throughout Asia. He chuckles and invests a significant amount of energy into baiting Captain about being fearful and feeling safer in China. John Captain doesn’t seem to recognize that Oppermann is playing to an audience that would consider international travel weird. My goodness, I have a nephew-in-law who spends half the year in China arranging deals for a company that makes teddy-bears! I had friends in college who discovered they could travel the world and live cheaply after coming up with the plane fare! John Captain is a man who owns commercial real estate, has owned at least one nightclub, a tanning parlor, a day-spa, and who plays the stock market. He probably makes more money traveling than he would if he sat in an office in Portland. Yet Oppermann subtly and then not-so-subtly pushes the interview into a truly insulting level of baiting, after proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the police mishandled the investigation, that it appeared Captain was being set up to be framed until it became impossible to skew the evidence away from the true killers, Michelle Worden-Brosey, Joshua Robinnett and Daniel Bruynell.
Oppermann even tries to make it look as if Captain impulsively moved to China upon receiving a threatening email. He almost openly mocks him with the idea that “Illuminati” (to quote Oppermann) might not be able to locate him in China. Then he moves into a discussion of the therapist and John Captain explains some of the techniques that appear in the recordings that prove the therapist was indeed using manipulative, hypnotic techniques, which are well-documented in cases involving cult control and which are not usually part of normal therapy: John Captain believes that if he can prove that the mind-control techniques were used, then people would insist on knowing who wanted to use it to kill Tiffany Jenks.
In no part of the first interview does John Captain suggest the Manchurian Candidate scenario that Opperman will introduce into his next interview, which is not with John Captain but is with Richard Lovett, the man in whose house Tiffany was living when she made numerous suicide attempts and was placed under heavy and medically irresponsible sedation. Oppermann, who led the first interview through a long process of questions which tended to strongly establish the timeline of specific events related to the murder itself and proved the suspicious behavior of police, begins to complain about the length and complexity of the interview. Yet no one listening to it would get the impression that anything was unsusual until the very end, when Oppermann himself decides to drop the factual exposition of the murder and related events in favor of exploring the role of “the Illuminati”. In fact, up until that point, the listener is rivetted to a fascinating and well-told story of a series of plain, ordinary events that add up to a woman who knew certain people wanted her dead, a boyfriend who did not understand what she was trying to tell him, and a police department that seems to go out of its way to NOT investigate or prosecute the killers. In fact, Oppermann’s skillful questioning makes it obvious that Tiffany Jenks was resourceful enough and insightful enough to realize that if she used John Captain’s own phone to make some of the recordings that prove she faced a group of people who were indeed planning her death, he would end up with them one way or another. She knew her own phone would not be given to him after her death, but his would. And she used it.
Why did Oppermann do this, and why of all people does he then use his next show to interview Richard Lovett?
Who Is Richard Lovett?
Richard Lovett is a science fiction writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. He is also an avid runner and writes for athletes’ magazines. He has a wikipedia that describes him as “one of the most prolific and decorated writers in Analog’s 80-plus-year history. His first formal appearance in the magazine other than a 1993 letter to the editor was “Tricorders, Yactograms and the Future of Analytical Chemistry: When ‘Nano-‘ Isn’t Small Enough” (April 1999), a science article. His first fiction appearance was the novelette “Equalization” (March 2003) He is described there as coach of the 300-member Portland running team “Red Lizard” among other things.
In his interview with Oppermann, he presents himself somewhat more humbly although he emphasizes some legal expertise while criticizing John Captain and denigrating anyone’s idea that Tiffany Jenks was an accomplished scientist, holding a position at Bonneville Power that required degrees in both science and business. She had bachelors’ degrees in business management and marketing, in physics and geology and a masters’ degreein economics. She has been referred to as a “hydrologist” and as a “physicist”, both descriptive of the kind of science she had to apply to her work every day. But Lovett dismisses her as nothing more than a “shift worker”.
John Captain said the first time he met Richard Lovett was at a rehab center where he had taken Tiffany when she was struggling with her alcohol issues. The first time John went there to visit her, he saw Lovett, who was a stranger to him, talking to her. John Captain said that when Tiffany saw him she immediately got up from talking to Lovett and approached him and Lovett left. John said Tiffany seemed upset and demanded to know of John “How did he know I was here?” Rehab centers are not normally supposed to allow unexpected visitors. John had never seen Lovett before and thought it was odd, too.
Tiffany had been renting a room, a storage closet according to Lovett, in Lovett’s home. Lovett claims that the only way Tiffany knew him was through running up to him in the park, while they were jogging, again painting a picture far less than one finds if one looks more closely at Tiffany’s life. Lovett makes it appear that she was some kind of easy pick-up.
But how can we find the truth in the shadows, here? Portland is not that big of a city. Lovett is obviously very active in the running circuit there. Tiffany Jenks was a high school athlete in Oregon who continued her activities into her adulthood. According to her sister Jennifer, “She especially excelled at track, where she broke records for the 1,500-meter and the 800-meter, and took first in state her sophomore year of high school. She still holds the school record for the 800.”
When Tiffany suddenly lost her position at Bonneville, (according to many it was because she was distraught over her father’s death in 2010 and began drinking), she turned to someone she knew. She caught up to him while jogging in the park, but if you listen closely to the Oppermann interview, it is obvious that that is not how Lovett first met Tiffany Jenks. It is also obvious from the social patterns that Lovett and Tiffany would have had to put some effort into NOT meeting each other, since they moved in many of the same social circles. Lovett also refers, in that interview, to having been joined by Tiffany’s mother in trying to get Tiffany to go to his church, a Presbytarian church, on at least one occasion. The family knew him. It is possible that the family notified him of her arrival at the rehab center and did not respect the fact that she had left his home and was clearly trying to live elsewhere. Someone else also most likely knew Richard Lovett. One of Tiffany’s close colleagues at Bonneville was a woman named Robin Furrer, also a runner. Tiffany’s father was a nuclear engineer who had worked for many years at Los Alamos, New Mexico, before moving his family to Portland. Are we to imagine that he did not know Richard Lovett or that Richard Lovett, the science fiction author, did not know him? That Presbytarian Church thing figures into this, too. Lovett and the family belonged to the same church. They shared the same interests across several fields. Somebody told Lovett she was at the rehab. We can only speculate as to what really happened.
Tiffany and John
During the years leading up to Tiffany’s death, there was a scandal brewing at Bonneville Power Administration and it burst into print in the Oregonian in 2014, but no mention was made of Tiffany Jenks. There was also a quietly handled problem at Bonneville Power Administration that involved Tiffany Jenks’ supervisor and fellow jogger Robin Furrer. Records for this one are not easy to obtain, but at least two Portland journalists have filed FOIA requests for BPA records related to several employees including Robin Furrer while they were working on the bullying scandal.
Not only was there an active bullying controversy at BPA that rose to the level of a federal investigation during the final years Tiffany Jenks worked there, but there was certainly a spillover of bullying behavior into Tiffany Jenks’s personal life outside the BPA.
to be continued