Jason Von Straussenburg
Jason Von Straussenburg passed away Friday, January 30, 2009 from an illness that developed while he was in prison.
Michigan’s Most Wanted?
This article is being sent to my friends, as I am very limited in jail. I feel I need to speak out about our system of justice and common sense. Also to question the motivation behind the destruction of my life, the coverage of this event and how it affects all in America. My name is Jason Von Straussenburg, the escaped criminal from Michigan you may have read about. A little history : In my late teens and early twenties, I did stupid things, as most males do at this age. The law became involved. At 21 I was sentenced to prison for painting my license plate. Unable to afford new plates, this seemed like a clever idea. How bad could it be? Very bad and I could see myself becoming stuck in the system. In and out and in and out. Just out of college, this could not become my life. I had to start over, leaving it all behind, all my past. I walked away from a camp one night determined never to return.
I am now 63 years old. Over the past 40 years I have been straight and employed, the last 15 at beautiful U.C.S.B. in Bio Sciences. I have raised a family, built a home, and been married to a woman I love like life itself. I have accumulated a circle of long term, dear, loving and intelligent friends, they are priceless. I have corrected myself and “paid my dues”. I wish all of us could be so blessed. The world would be a much better place.
Now the thousand dollar question: Why am I being treated like I just decapitated Snap, Crackle, and Pop, shot Tony and made a rug out of him, BBQed Toucan Sam with rabbit on the side, crushed the Leprechaun with his pot of gold and sunk the Cap’n’s ship with him on board? Look out Fred and Barney, you’re next. That’s right, a serial killer, or the like. For the protection of society? Or for a point on someone’s resume, or for political posturing? Would not the time be better spent filling my bed space with truly bad people who stabbed, raped, molested, or even killed anther human being?
I am not saying that my escape was right, but that was then and that’s a lot of water under the bridge. Forty years changes people. Are we now judged as black or white only? Most of us fall somewhere in between, in those innumerable shades of grey. We should be judged that way, as individuals. Based upon who we are and what we have done with our lives. Not as numbers in a machine, that is not how justice was meant to be served. Where is the heart and soul of America going? This should be a wake up call to all concerned about our future, especially our children’s futures in a land of, by, and for the people. If you are concerned about this, please write or otherwise contact the Governor and the Department of Corrections in Michigan and speak your opinions. Send this article to Michigan News and media outlets, and any other outlets you may know. And to your active friends and relatives. Any and all help will be deeply appreciated. My wife may be contacted at email@example.com .
Jason Von Straussenburg
4436 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
PHONE: (517) 373-3400
PHONE: (517) 335-7858 - Constituent Services
Michigan Department of Corrections
206 E. Michigan Ave.
PO Box 30003
Lansing, MI 48909
The Great Airplane Fleet of Isla Vista. A Low-Flying Tale With a Surprise Ending. http://indy.liberationmedia.com/news/2008/jul/23/great-airplane-fleet-isla-vista/
DISAPPEARING ACT DAY 1: Technology tripped Susan M. LeFevre, who fled prison 32 years ago. http://www.mlive.com/saginawnews/news/index.ssf/2008/09/disappearing_act_day_1_technol.html
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Goleta Resident who Escaped from Prison in 1972. http://www.countyofsb.org/ceo/pdf/press/08_03_03Michigan%20Escape.pdf
Javert 2, Escapes, O. As yet another Long Time Michigan Escaped Convict Is Captured In California. http://www.crimefilenews.com/2008/05/javert-2-escapes-o-as-yet-another-long.html
Michigan Department Corrections http://www.state.mi.us/mdoc/asp/otis2profile.asp?mdocNumber=117566
"Jason Vonstraussenburg worked at UC Santa Barbara for 14 years, a skilled technician who could whip together repairs on complicated pieces of lab equipment when scientists needed them in a hurry. At 61, he was a genial colleague, a homeowner, an avid metal sculptor, a father, a husband and a registered Republican. He was everything, police said, except Jason Vonstraussenburg." http://www.santabarbara.net/forums/index.php?s=dab9a951c8315fca1b47051a19d045b8&showtopic=9293&pid=10013&st=0&#entry10013
In 1971, he was on parole after a conviction for receiving stolen property when he was found driving a car with someone else’s registration and a license plate that had been altered with a phony number painted on it. His previous offenses included breaking and entering, reckless driving and larceny, said Russ Marlan, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/mar/05/local/me-fugitive5
Man's Escape, Capture Similar To Carmel Valley Mom's. http://www.10news.com/news/16165874/detail.html
At-large Prison Escapee Found at UCSB. Anonymous Tip Leads to 61-year-old’s Arrest. http://www.independent.com/news/2008/mar/03/-large-prison-escapee-found-ucsb/
SB Sheriff Arrests Alleged Fugitive Working at UCSB. Anonymous Tip Connects UC Employee With Felon Escaped From Michigan Prison. http://www.dailynexus.com/article.php?a=16090