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Justice Abides

With the anniversary of Michelle Fisher Young’s murder swiftly approaching, the search for justice has taken on a renewed fervor. Despite months of no news and no visible activity in the investigation, various message boards across the Internet are proof-postive that many have never given up hope that Michelle’s killer will eventually be prosecuted. In recent days, a group of friends calling themselves the “Magnet Militia” took it upon themselves to remind the public that Michelle Young’s killer is still at large and even the smallest effort — the minutest of clues — can bring big results. Today, Amanda Lamb, crime reporter for WRAL, brought news of the story to the public. Don’t miss Amanda’s report via video link at

The group has already distributed magnets to the residents of the Youngs’ Enchanted Oaks neighborhood and intends to make more available throughout Raleigh, across North Carolina, and anywhere else that has the potential to yield results. They’ve graciously provided this photograph of a magnet applied to the mailbox at 5108 Birchleaf Drive, Michelle’s former residence.

[Images courtesy of the Magnet Militia]

Kudos to the Magnet Militia! These friends give credence to the belief that justice abides and is determined to triumph.

Please, if you have any information related to Michelle Young’s murder — no matter how insignificant it might seem — call the number on the magnet: 919-856-6800. It’s the same as the number on the Progress Energy reward poster, which promises confidentiality to all tip providers.

Additional Note:

Michelle Young’s mother, Linda Fisher, recently gathered together family and friends in New York for a picnic to celebrate Michelle’s memory. Visit Statia Grossman’s Michelle Young Memorial blog to view her photographs of the beautiful day they shared in her honor.


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1. He killed Michelle

This has not been proven to be a lie.  He’s the prime suspect.

2. Car accident

I assume you’re saying that it’s a lie that the accident was intentional.  The fact is that Wake County law enforcement officials reviewed the accident.  Their determination is yet to be made public.

3. Boat accident

I need more information before I can make a determination about the veracity of this story.

4. Swallowed a ring

If this is a lie, it is Jason’s lie.  He convinced both Michelle and the owner of the rings that he had swallowed them.  The subsequent action taken by them is proof positive that they believed the rings had traveled through Jason’s gastrointestinal system.

5. Sabotaged heat pump

I’m not familiar with this rumor.  I’m only aware that the unit that heated and cooled the second floor was not working at the time of Michelle’s death.  I can’t see how sabotaging a heat pump could have anything to do with Michelle’s death.  The broken heat pump is a likely explanation for why Michelle was dressed as she was for sleeping.

6. Sabotaged garage door

As I understand it, the automatic door opener was broken.  However, if Jason planned the murder, what could be accomplished by sabotaging the door opener?  Nothing that I can see.   The broken door opener and heat pump were just things that indicated the possibility of financial problems as probable cause for a search warrant and non-testimonial identification order.  On the other hand, this photograph from On the Record suggests that investigators may have had some interest in the condition of the garage door.

7. Locked dog in bathroom

How can you state that this is a lie and in the same comment thread admit that you don’t know where Meredith found the dog?

8. He is a narcissist

I’ll leave that to the experts.  Narcissistic or not, he is a jackass and a lousy husband.

9. He’s not a narcissist

See my response to number 8.

10. He is a spendthrift

Spendthrift is too narrow a term.  The fact is that some of Jason’s spending habits were a point of contention between Jason and Michelle.

11. He wallowed in the fleshpots of California, Las Vegas

He cheated on his wife.

12. He didn’t want Michelle and Cassie to go on the Calif. trip

I’m not familiar with this one either.  As I understood it, Michelle was unable or unwilling to go on the California trip.  Jason went without her and Cassidy.  It seems strange to me, given the loss of the pregnancy and the impact that would (or should) have had on both Michelle and Jason.

13. He wasted money on the Calif. trip

Apparently, Jason did not consider it wasteful.  Did Michelle?  Eord11 said that she did.

14. Michelle was upset about money spent for the Calif. trip.

Witnesses A and B told Detective Sternberg that Michelle was upset about the California trip.  Was it about the money or something else?

15. He wanted a divorce

I haven’t heard or seen anything to suggest that Jason wanted a divorce.  I have heard that he told friends that he was miserable in the marriage and never would have married Michelle if she hadn’t gotten pregnant.  I bet you’ve heard the same.  I do not think Jason would have seen divorce as a satisfactory resolution.

16. She wanted a divorce

 That remains to be seen.  Hopefully, the therapists notes, and perhaps witness testimony, will shed light on the subject.

17. He bought life insurance a week before he killed her, a month before, etc.

It doesn’t matter when the policies were purchased.  The fact is that Michelle’s death would compensate Jason in the amount of $1,000,000.

Oh, I’m tired of this. I could go on for several more pages.

I could, too.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me the lies told about the Fishers.

You can read them at CourtTV and Refugees Unleashed.  I won’t be posting them here.