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St. Louis woman's diary entry leads to abandonment of corpse charge

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Joni Janis is accused of abandoning a corpse in 2017 (Credit: Police) Joni Janis is accused of abandoning a corpse in 2017 (Credit: Police)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A diary entry helped prosecutors issue charges against a St. Louis woman accused of the abandonment of a corpse.

On February 27, 2017 officers found Kierstin Whitcher’s body inside a car on Blow Street in St. Louis. The body had been in the car for about 12 hours and an autopsy determined the cause of death was diabetic ketoacidosis, officials said.

According to court documents, multiple witnesses told investigators they saw Whitcher at Joni R. Janis’ home the day before her body was found. Three of the witnesses reportedly told officials that Janis admitted to them that Whitcher died at her home and she had moved the body.

When a search warrant was obtained for Janis’ home on Morganford, investigators found a diary in her bedroom closet. Court records contain an excerpt from the diary that talks about Mardi Gras, which was February 25, and how “everything came crashing down” around Janis that night.

In the diary, Janis writes about how there were cops in her house after a man, who had been up for days and couldn’t be woken up, was left in a car in her driveway.  Janis said she was then “pulled from bed by gunpoint” by officers. She wrote that the officers asked if anyone else was in the house and when she said yes, the officers went downstairs to find her friend, referenced as C. in the diary, but he had “locked himself in the bedroom with a girl in a diabetic coma already (soon to find that out) a pound if ice, and stolen guns.” The officers told Janis they would be sending a building inspector over to open the door.

C.L. then “took most of his crap and burnt out – leaving this poor girl in a coma in my basement. He told me she was ok and would wake up. I texted him many times letting him know she was still here and he needed to come get her.”

Around 3:45 a.m., Janis was woken up and told of Whitcher’s death. In the diary, she wrote she “quickly assessed the situation” and, after realizing that her “nosy next door neighbor” was out of town for the night, placed the body in the car to “drop her off on the side of the highway with her lights on so she’s found fast.”

“We lined our hands in latex gloves and began the disturbing task of moving this dead girl. It was hard. Very hard. T. only with one arm. It was a fiasco. We were pushing trying to get this lifeless body into the car. By the grace of God. So, still gloved we loaded her possessions into her car. I drove while T. sat in back. We took her down a few exists on the highway, left her lights on so she would be found quickly and walked home back down the freeway . . . tossing our gloves along the way,” read the diary entry.

When investigators showed Janis the search warrant she reportedly blurted: “I barely knew the girl, I barely knew the girl.”

Janis has been charged with one count of abandonment of a corpse.

Read the complete diary entry from the court documents below:

Mardi Gras was here. Then . . . everything came crashing down around me. It all started the night of Mardi Gras. Sat night. C. went to Mardi Gras and brought home some girl. She had her guy friend in the car who had been up for days and they couldn’t wake him, so they left him. 9:45 a.m. I wake to cops – in my house – screaming they were the police. Then my bedroom door swung open and guns were pointed in my face along with flashlights. Pulled from bed by gunpoint. I am less than happy. They ask if anyone else is in the house. I tell them yes, I rent the basement to my friend, C. L. – lol. So they go downstairs but C. locked himself in the bedroom with a girl in a diabetic coma already (soon to find that out) a pound if ice, and stolen guns. The cops have no reason to break down my door. There was just some [expletive] in my driveway. But – now they want in. So they tell me they are sending a building inspector over and that door better be open. So they leave and within 2 hours C. was ghost – a memory. Took most of his crap and burnt out – leaving this poor girl in a coma in my basement. He told me she was ok and would wake up. I texted him many times letting him know she was still here and he needed to come get her. 3:45 a.m. A. wakes us – [expletive] is dead. Cops come in my home for the first time EVER and the same night a girl dies in my basement. T. and A. panic but I quickly assessed the situation and realize my nosy next door neighbor is out of town this night (thank you facebook) its 4 am and there is never gonna be a better time to do this. We cannot call 911. I don’t even know if C. got rid of everything incriminating. So I made the decision. Load her in the car, drop her off on the side of the highway with her lights on so she’s found fast, and we walk home. A. was [expletive] useless, hyperventilating like a moron. T. was less than stoked about moving and handling a dead body, but something had to be done and quick. Before we knew it it would be dawn. No – we had to move fast. So – we lined our hands in latex gloves and began the disturbing task of moving this dead girl. It was hard. Very hard. T. only with one arm. It was a fiasco. We were pushing trying to get this lifeless body into the car. By the grace of God. So, still gloved we loaded her possessions into her car. I drove while T. sat in back. We took her down a few exists on the highway, left her lights on so she would

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