DiscoverGoing West: True CrimeAnita Knutson // 410
Anita Knutson // 410

Anita Knutson // 410

Update: 2024-06-014
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This episode of Going West delves into the murder of Anita Kanutsen, an 18-year-old college student in North Dakota. The podcast begins by introducing Anita, a bright and popular young woman who was adopted and moved to North Dakota with her family. After graduating high school, she attended Minot State University and shared an apartment with her friend Nicole Rice. In June 2007, Anita was found dead in her apartment, stabbed multiple times. The investigation initially focused on several suspects, including a man with a crush on Anita, her roommate, a neighbor, and a local maintenance worker. However, the case went cold for years. Years later, rumors began to circulate that Nicole Rice, Anita's roommate, was involved in the murder. Witnesses revealed that the roommates had a strained relationship, with Nicole expressing animosity towards Anita. A key piece of evidence came from one of Nicole's ex-boyfriends, who claimed she confessed to killing Anita during a party. In 2022, 15 years after the murder, Nicole was re-interviewed and her story was inconsistent with previous accounts. Detectives also discovered that Nicole had access to the apartment key and that the crime scene was staged to appear as a break-in. Based on this evidence, Nicole Rice was arrested for the murder of Anita Kanutsen. The podcast concludes with information about Nicole's upcoming trial and the hope that Anita's family will finally receive justice.

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction and Case Overview

This Chapter introduces the hosts and the case of Anita Kanutsen, an 18-year-old woman found murdered in her apartment in North Dakota in 2007. The hosts discuss the initial investigation and the various suspects who were initially considered, including a man with a crush on Anita, her roommate, a neighbor, and a local maintenance worker.

00:02:36
Anita Kanutsen's Life

This Chapter provides a detailed account of Anita Kanutsen's life, from her adoption to her move to North Dakota, her high school years, and her aspirations for college and a career in education. The chapter highlights her positive personality, her involvement in extracurricular activities, and her academic achievements.

00:06:16
Anita's Apartment and the Crime Scene

This Chapter focuses on the apartment complex where Anita lived with her roommate Nicole Rice. The hosts describe the layout of the complex and the specific details of Anita's apartment. They then discuss the discovery of Anita's body, the crime scene investigation, and the initial findings, including the lack of signs of a struggle and the discovery of a foldable pocket knife with blood on it.

00:09:47
The Investigation Begins

This Chapter details the initial investigation into Anita's murder. The hosts discuss the police's efforts to gather information, including interviews with Anita's family, friends, and potential suspects. They also discuss the inconsistencies in Nicole Rice's alibi and the suspicious behavior of the apartment complex maintenance man, Marty Lee and Nell.

00:19:00
The Suspects and Their Connections

This Chapter delves deeper into the investigation, focusing on the various suspects and their connections to Anita. The hosts discuss the jogger who was initially considered a suspect, the man named Michael Van who had a romantic interest in Anita, and the roommate, Nicole Rice, whose alibi was inconsistent and who had a history of conflict with Anita.

00:29:06
Nicole Rice's Arrest and Upcoming Trial

This Chapter focuses on the arrest of Nicole Rice, 15 years after Anita's murder. The hosts discuss the new evidence that emerged, including Nicole's confession to an ex-boyfriend and the inconsistencies in her alibi. They also discuss the DNA evidence, the charges against Nicole, and the upcoming trial.

Keywords

Anita Kanutsen
Anita Kanutsen was an 18-year-old college student who was murdered in her apartment in North Dakota in 2007. She was a bright and popular young woman who was adopted and moved to North Dakota with her family. She was known for her positive personality, her involvement in extracurricular activities, and her academic achievements. She aspired to become a kindergarten teacher.

Nicole Rice
Nicole Rice was Anita Kanutsen's roommate and was eventually arrested for her murder in 2022. She was initially considered a suspect but was not charged due to lack of evidence. However, years later, new evidence emerged, including her confession to an ex-boyfriend and inconsistencies in her alibi. She is currently awaiting trial for murder.

Minot State University
Minot State University is a public university located in Minot, North Dakota. Anita Kanutsen attended Minot State University and was living in an off-campus apartment with her roommate Nicole Rice when she was murdered.

Going West
Going West is a true crime podcast that focuses on cases from the Western United States. The podcast is hosted by Tee and Daphne, who investigate and discuss various true crime cases, including the murder of Anita Kanutsen.

True Crime
True crime is a genre of media that focuses on real-life crimes and their investigations. True crime podcasts, like Going West, provide listeners with detailed accounts of crimes, investigations, and the individuals involved.

Murder
Murder is the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought. It is a serious crime with severe consequences. The murder of Anita Kanutsen is the central focus of this podcast episode.

Cold Case
A cold case is an unsolved criminal investigation that has been inactive for a significant period of time. The murder of Anita Kanutsen was a cold case for many years before Nicole Rice was arrested.

Circumstantial Evidence
Circumstantial evidence is indirect evidence that suggests a fact but does not directly prove it. In the case of Anita Kanutsen, circumstantial evidence played a significant role in Nicole Rice's arrest.

DNA Evidence
DNA evidence is a type of forensic evidence that uses genetic material to identify individuals. In the case of Anita Kanutsen, DNA evidence was initially inconclusive but was later retested and became a key piece of evidence in Nicole Rice's arrest.

Q&A

  • Who was Anita Kanutsen and what happened to her?

    Anita Kanutsen was an 18-year-old college student who was found murdered in her apartment in North Dakota in 2007. She was stabbed multiple times and her death was a shock to her family and community.

  • Who were the initial suspects in Anita's murder?

    The initial suspects included a man with a crush on Anita, her roommate Nicole Rice, a neighbor, and a local maintenance worker. However, none of these individuals were ultimately charged with the crime.

  • Why did the case go cold for so many years?

    The case went cold due to a lack of physical evidence and a clear motive. Despite numerous tips and a reward being offered, investigators struggled to find Anita's killer.

  • What new evidence emerged that led to Nicole Rice's arrest?

    New evidence included Nicole's confession to an ex-boyfriend, inconsistencies in her alibi, and the discovery that she had access to the apartment key. Additionally, witnesses revealed that Nicole had a strained relationship with Anita and expressed animosity towards her.

  • What is the current status of Nicole Rice's case?

    Nicole Rice is currently awaiting trial for the murder of Anita Kanutsen. Her trial is scheduled to begin in July 2024 and will run for three weeks.

  • What is the significance of this case?

    This case highlights the importance of perseverance in cold cases and the power of new evidence and technology in solving crimes. It also underscores the devastating impact of murder on families and communities.

  • What is the role of circumstantial evidence in this case?

    Circumstantial evidence played a crucial role in Nicole Rice's arrest. While there was no direct evidence linking her to the crime, the inconsistencies in her alibi, her confession to an ex-boyfriend, and the fact that she had access to the apartment key all pointed towards her involvement.

  • What is the impact of this case on Anita's family?

    The arrest of Nicole Rice brought a sense of relief and hope to Anita's family after 15 years of waiting for answers. However, the case has also been a source of immense grief and pain for them.

  • What is the importance of the podcast 'Going West' in this case?

    The podcast 'Going West' provides a platform for sharing Anita's story and keeping the case in the public eye. It also helps to raise awareness about the importance of solving cold cases and bringing justice to victims and their families.

Show Notes

In June of 2007, the family of an 18-year-old woman in North Dakota was having trouble reaching her over the weekend, leading her father to visit her apartment for a check-in. When he arrived, he saw his daughter dead in her bedroom, with police quickly determining that she had been murdered. But when they looked through her texts and interviewed those close to her, multiple people seemed suspicious of the act: including a man with a crush on her, her roommate, a neighbor, and a local maintenance worker. But with a shocking update years later, police feel confident that they know which of them killed her. This is the story of Anita Knutson.

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