John addis and joanne albanese

Joanne Albanese and John Addis

Real Name: Joann Albanese
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: September 19, 1996


Details: In 1995, divorced mother of two teenaged children, Joann Albanese, was introduced to fitness instructor John Edwards. At first Joann and John seemed very happy together, but Joann and her friends soon realized that John had a temper and was also abusive. On August 19, 1995, Joann vanished from her home in Las Vegas with John Edwards. Authorities soon learned that Joanne was planning to end her relationship with Edwards the same day that she vanished. Three days later, her car was found abandoned in a canyon near Prescott, Arizona, but no other trace of her was found. Investigators soon learned that Edwards was really a man named John Addis, and suspected that he had been angered because Joann was breaking up with him, so he killed her and then disposed of her body and car. Authorities discovered that Addis was a detective for the Alaska State Police in the 1970s, and at the time, he was married to his first wife, who later divorced him because of domestic abuse. The couple lived in a cabin in the remote woods that didn't have running water or heat. Addis enjoyed hunting caribou in the Alaskan wilderness, but he was also a talented young detective with a mind for forensic science, and he was so gifted that he instructed law enforcement from all over Alaska in crime scene analysis. Then one day, Addis got into an argument with his wife. She said she wanted to leave him and jumped out of their car. He soon began chasing her, but she was able to escape and soon was granted a divorce. After the divorce, Addis quickly remarried, and his personality turned from bad to worse. He abandoned his wilderness lifestyle, became a middle class homemaker, and soon quit his job at the state patrol. Then he abducted his four children from his first marriage and fled to Michigan, where he was involved in several robberies. He was eventually arrested and served one year in prison for parental child abduction. Over the next decade, he jumped parole in Alaska and went throughout the United States posing as a fitness instructor, screen writer, and novelist. He was a master at changing his identity, which helped him keep above the law. Then, he met Joann, who authorities now believed was his first victim to die. This was confirmed on October 9, 1998, over three years after she disappeared, when Joann's remains were discovered near the location of her abandoned car. Addis has been charged with Joann's murder, but he remains at large.
Suspects: John Addis
Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the July 30, 2001 episode. Addis was profiled on America’s Most Wanted and the case was featured on FBI: Criminal Pursuit.
Results: Solved. In October 2006, Addis' body was discovered in a hotel room in Guatemala City, Guatemala as a suspected suicide, possibly to avoid prosecution. Within days, the bodies of his wife and their two children were found in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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