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Mother Of 1988 Murder Victim April Tinsley Wants To 'Push The Button' In Murderer's Execution

Indiana mother Janet Tinsley said she was ‘shocked’ but then ‘happy’ about her daughter April’s suspected murderer getting arrested.

By Ethan Harfenist

After waiting three decades for an arrest, the mother of a child that was raped and murdered in Indiana in the spring of 1988 had some choice words for her kid's suspected killer.

"He needs to die the same ways she did," Janet Tinsley, the mother of 8-year-old victim April Tinsley, said of murder suspect John Miller in an interview with NBC in Fort Wayne on Wednesday.

She also added that while she "would like him to explain himself," she also wants to be the one "pushing the button" if Miller receives the death penalty. 

Miller was arrested on Sunday and charged with murder and child molestation on Wednesday. The 59-year-old was arrested after his DNA was matched to threatening notes he wrote to locals at the scene of the crime maybe a few more details here because this is confusing, after his family posted his genetic info on genealogy websites. He is currently being held without bond. 


Genetic genealogist Cece Moore, who also helped solve the Golden State killer casehelped find the family the answers they were looking for. 

Tinsley, meanwhile, explained further on Wednesday how she was feeling to local media at April's Garden, a memorial for her murdered daughter. 

"I was shocked, but then again I was happy," Tinsley said, according to NBC in Fort Wayne. "It was like you got that chill feel that goes from the top of your head down to your toes." 

Although she expressed a desire to assist in her daughter's suspected killer's execution, prosecutors haven't decided if they are going to pursue the death penalty against Miller as of yet. 

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