First there was Dr. Jeffery McDonald, the former US Army Special Forces doctor who murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters in 1970, suggesting that a gang of hippies committed the murders. Then there was Dr. Richard Kimble (The Fugitive) first played by actor David Janssen from 1963-1967, followed by Harrison Ford in the 1993 movie of the same name, with both protesting that an unknown man committed the murder of the fictional doctor’s wife. One real life murder scene followed by a TV series and movie with a different twist to the story, in the latter case a murder by a one-armed man. Once again life imitates the movies, but in this case a well known and respected trauma center doctor, 49-year-old Timothy V. Jorden, Jr., a former 18-year veteran of the US Army Special forces who has practiced medicine for about 10 years is the only suspect in the brutal murder of his former girlfriend, 33-year-old Jackie Wisniewski.
Jorden and Wisniewski had dated and lived together for about a year, during which their relationship became strained, this due allegedly to Jorden dating other women. Then there were numerous incidents of abuse with Jorden once holding Wisniewski captive for over 1 ½ days, stabbing her on that occasion and giving her a black eye on another occasion. Wisniewski eventually became frightened of the man who threatened to kill her and stalked her, suggesting that “if anything happens to me, you know who did it (Jorden).” Why didn’t she simply turn him in to police; she didn’t want to get him in trouble – and now she’s dead.
As the case unfolds, Jorden, who tracked Wisniewski by means of a GPS tracking device he placed on her car, confronted her on Wednesday at the medical center where they both worked. He evidently talked her into meeting him in a stairway to talk, and this was where he allegedly shot her four times, to include shots in her head and upper body, before he returned to his office to reload his gun before fleeing the hospital. Wisniewski died at the scene, leaving a five-year-old child without a mother while Jorden, who with 18 years military experience, to include extensive escape and evasion training as a Special Forces soldier, is likely to have planned the shooting, and his escape, in advance of killing Wisniewski.
Jorden, a former military medic, attended medical school after leaving the US Army, winding up in Buffalo, NY. While he owned a ½ million dollar home, he recently had taken to living in his office under questionable circumstances. While he once weighed 250 pounds, he had lost 75 pounds in the past few months and had changed his physical appearance and become estranged from others. The question for the law enforcement agencies seeking to locate and arrest Dr. Jorden; are these recent changes in behavior and appearance suggestive of an ongoing mental health issue, does he have some significant physical ailment, and/or is this simply evidence of his planning to murder Wisniewski? If he stalked her, beat her and threatened to kill her because she left him, is this a case of a narcissistic wound, a psychological insult to Dr. Jorden who, perhaps, like many rejected suitors, make the decision that if he couldn’t have her, no one could have her? And if the murder was planned (noting he did not have a pistol permit though he apparently had at least two handguns), did his escape plan include new identity papers to match his new look as well as credit cards, cash and other means to escape identification and arrest? Investigators believe he had access to at least one other vehicle, plus relatives and girlfriends in a number of different states. And then there is Buffalo’s proximity to Canada, only a short bridge trip away the murder scene…
We know that Dr. Jeffrey McDonald was successfully prosecuted for the murders of his wife and two children while the fictional Dr. Kimble eventually proved his innocence. In the case of Dr. Jorden, there appears to be little evidence to suggest that anyone other than he murdered Wisniewski, but her killer’s fate is still to be determined. He’s considered to be armed and dangerous and with his military training and background, plus his native intelligence, he could become an elusive fugitive like Dr. Kimble before him, but again, the city, state and federal agencies seeking his arrest, to include the US Marshal Service and the FBI are just as, if not more experienced at catching fugitives as someone with Jorden’s background is experienced at evading apprehension.
The hunt is on and the electronic fingerprints that he will leave behind (cel phones, credit cards, false identities, change in physical appearance, world travel experience, etc.) will likely lead to his arrest. Whether challenged with a significant mental health issue or a huge sense of entitlement and ownership of any woman he dated; if he fails to surrender himself (perhaps out of character for his own macho image), he will nevertheless be found and held responsible. The looming question, however, is how he’ll react to anyone who gets in his way while he’s on the run. If he can justify the murder of Wisniewski, it wouldn’t be too hard for him to find new justification in killing to stay on the run, and although he can run, where can he hide? Of course there is also "suicide by cop" and just plain suicide, options that may become all too likely when he considers the evidence against him and the future that awaits him...
UPDATE - Dr. Jorden's body was found in a wooded area near his home. He was still wearing hospital scrubs and apparently died from a self inflicted gunshot wound, probably shooting himself shortly after killing Wisniewski. Two senseless deaths with both a loss to their community and now a young child without a mother.