February 18th, 2008
11:30 PM ET

Meeting Jessica Baty, girlfriend of NIU shooter Steven Kazmierczak

When we finally reached Jessica Baty by phone, she was so upset she could barely talk with me.  But she did agree to meet for an interview, and said we could come to her parents’ home about an hour away. On the drive, we didn’t know if she would actually do the interview. She told me her family was against it. 

When my producer and I got to her house, Jessica was sobbing. She made it clear, though, that she wanted to do the interview. We spent two hours with Jessica and her family. It was one of the toughest interviews I’ve ever done. I kept thinking no matter what happens, this young woman will never be the same.

She answered all our questions, and shared personal photos. During the interview, other reporters were knocking on her door – some were even knocking on her windows.  In fact, as we were wrapping up, we noticed two were actually right outside her back door. Jessica told us she wasn’t going to talk to anyone else. This would be her only interview. 

We left with the feeling that she had an amazing story to tell – but one with no answers.

 – Abbie Boudreau, Special Investigations Unit

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