Murdered Teacher Had Concerns About Meeting Alleged Killers

By Lauren Leamanczyk, WBZ-TV

ST. JOHNSBURY, VT (CBS) – Investigators say Melissa Jenkins was lured from her home and strangled. Police say the couple who knew Jenkins called and told her their car broke down. She agreed to help, but it was a trap.

In an exclusive interview, one of Jenkins’ friends tells WBZ she was worried.

Jenkins said she had gotten a bad feeling about Allen Prue before. So she called a good friend before going to meet him and his wife. That phone call didn’t save her life, but it did help police crack the case.

READ: Couple Arrested In Teacher’s Murder

Allen Prue and his wife Patricia are accused of strangling the young teacher as her two year old son sat in her car. Prosecutors say they lured her with phony story that their car had broken down.

Prue used to plow Melissa Jenkins’ driveway. But she stopped hiring him a couple years ago. She told friends at the restaurant she works at that he “gave her the creeps.”

That’s why before she went to meet the Prues, Melissa called her longtime friend, Randy Rathburn and gave him all of Prue’s information.

“I did have concerns,” says Rathburn. “I told her that if she did not call me within an hour I would really be a little worried. From there, I did check on her and found what I found.”

Police say when they tracked down Allen Prue, he confessed to the whole thing. He told them he was driving around with his wife and got the idea to “go get a girl.” He admitted that both he and Patricia strangled Melissa and then brought her to their trailer where they removed her clothes and doused her with bleach.

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  • Johnson123

    Still oppose the death penalty?

    • me

      never have! firing squad for both of them

  • sparknut

    Death penalty? Too good for those scum. Make the rot in jail.

  • massman


  • Patrick S.

    truly ugly looking people.Disgusting little mungs.What were they after?Just another senseless act of vicious, cruel inhuman murderous trash that unfortunately walks amongst us today in our society.

    • blackbear1

      We lived two years in Vt. Worst two years of my life!! Watching these two suspects on tv last nite brought back bad memories. I also remember many reported crimes/incidents of “passion”. Still gives me the creeps, the Deliverance of the north. Too many Larry, Darryl and Darryls.

      • Dianne

        Not a fair assessment of Vermont. Vermont is a wonderful state. Look at mnassachusetts crime history, not pretty.

    • dan

      amen, brother

  • Elena

    Death penalty has to be restored. Hi quality human was eliminated, beautiful kid is orphan now. And those two ugly creatures will live?

  • FireGuyFrank

    I’m curious to see how Vermont, a very liberal-leaning state, will handle this case.

    Firing squad? No. If convicted, they should hand by the neck until dead.

    • Barney Frank

      Vermont used to be very Republican…even just a few short years ago. But the perverts who like their own kind began to move in in droves. Thats when things changed.
      Once you allow people like me to pervert normal society it opens up the gates to other types of perverts: like this couple

  • poolgirl

    What i don’t understand is – if this guy “creeped” her out – why did she go to him? She called her ex-bf – why didn’t he go with her…i just don’t understand.

    • Monkey

      I thought the same thing. Too trusting? Naiive? Regardless, a beautiful person is gone and left are the scum who took her. I hope the worst things on them.

      You cannot trust people these days.

    • donny

      Totally agree.

    • Sad

      I don’t get it either. If I got a call from a guy that I fired cuz he was creepy, why would I go meet him alone on an empty road!? Why not just say “ok, I will help you, tell me where you are and i will call the police and a tow truck for you. Good bye”… Instead of going alone with my child!

    • Bob Frapples

      It was seemingly innocent mistake but it cost her own life.

      That little voice in the back of your head that tells you something is not quite right should be listened to.

      Unfortunately, Vermont used to be a place where you could blindly offer help to others….that seems to be changing

  • msalinas

    have they done this before? “get a girl”? ..that could mean a lot of things. the wife obviously knew it meant to murder someone.

    • Denise

      My thoughts exactly!

  • LEO

    There are a lot of “Animals” out there walking on two feet.
    If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Protect yourself first, then help. You don’t owe anyone the responibility to help them, tell them you will call the police, tow truck etc.
    Don’t let someone make you feel guilty if you don’t do what they are asking you to do. It’s nice to help and care but make sure you are safe.Sometimes being nice and helping can be the wrong thing to do.

  • cyn507

    why would she put herself & her baby in harms way to help someone who “creeped her out” women pay attention to your gut instincts. that’s what they are there for. Had this woman listened, her baby would have a mother still. stop worrying about what other people think/feel about you. your life is more important than that. the scumbag wife went along with it too. what aloser. did they really think they wouldn’t be caught in like 5 minutes? how stupid.

  • D. Smith

    I don’t understand this.
    She didn;t feel right about this couple, he “gave her the creeps” and still she went out by herself to help them, and took her baby, yet?

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