Workplace jealousy may be a motive in the tragic murder of a pregnant woman.
Jodie Bordeaux and her husband, Shawn, had been receiving disturbing anonymous phone calls for weeks at their house on the Kickapoo Indian reservation in Powhattan, Kansas. Jodie was also sure someone was lurking in their yard. Shawn tried to reassure her:
Not only was the danger Jodie sensed real, it would ultimately lead to her murder.
Shawn and Jodie were part of a management team hired to run the Golden Eagle, the first Indian-owned casino in the area. The casino had huge potential for the tribe, with annual earnings in the millions and job opportunities for the local tribe’s people.
Shawn and Jodie were also looking forward to the birth of their first child, a girl.
Everything seemed to be going Jodie’s way, even at work. She had been promoted to staff supervisor of the slot-machine department. Shawn was thrilled for her:
Jodie believed that some of the staff were resentful of her new position. Mary Pierpoint, a reporter for Indian Country Today, agreed:
According to Shawn, Jodie frequently reported the same employee for his bad attitude and tardiness:
When the employee was brought before the casino management board for review, he was reprimanded and put on probation. But the problems continued and the employee was eventually fired. A few weeks later, the employee brought a grievance against Jodie to the tribal council. Shawn saw it as an act of vengeance.
The complaint cost Jodie her job. She spent the next month petitioning the tribal council to re-hire her. The anonymous phone calls began when it was rumored that Jodie might return to the casino:
Late one November evening, Shawn and Jodie were spending a quiet night at home when a noise startled the Bordeaux’s dog:
Shawn had no doubt that Jodie was dead. He quickly dialed 911, hoping to save his unborn baby. It was too late.
Despite an exhaustive investigation, Jodie Bordeaux’s killer remains at large. Kevin Hill was the County Attorney assigned to the case:
Nancy Bear, a Tribal Council Chairperson, has appealed to anyone with information to come forward: