He said he made her “suffer”

Jennifer Ann Kruszynski had reportedly dated Joseph E. Brenner but problems developed. And in April of 2006, Brenner was arrested for breaking into her home. He pled guilty to trespass and was sentenced to time served. That arrest and conviction was one of the reasons that Brenner’s parole was revoked and he was sentenced to 291 days and was scheduled to return to prison on Jan. 12.

On Jan. 10 Jennifer Kruszynski agreed to meet with Brenner for lunch. According to her current boyfriend, Kruszynski agreed to the lunch because she was a forgiving person and because Brenner had indicated he wanted to stay friends. Since the lunch date Jennifer Kruszynski has been missing.

Police believe the last time that Kruszynski was seen in public was on Jan. 10 about 10 am in Brenner’s truck. Police say that Brenner had used her cell phone and credit card after her disappearance. Hours after that Brenner was last seen in public.

According to Brenner’s son, Brenner was very angry with Kruszynski, and his father “was very upset about having to go back to prison and that he was going to kill himself.” Brenner’s 19 year old son made other statements too. Brenner told authorities that he  had spent a whole day cleaning blood out of his father’s truck. And that he had helped his father to dispose of a woman’s body in a river. The son has not been charged for any part of Kruszynski’s disappearance. A search of the truck revealed blood evidence.

Court records show Brenner had a history of anger issues and a history of abusing family members, and several times menaced or threatened women who had left him.

Brenner had been serving time for damage committed to the vehicle of a car owned by a woman who had recently broken up with him. At the time of his release he had told his probation officer that he would be living with Jennifer Kruszynski. However, Kruszynski told the probation officer that he was not welcome at her home and that she had changed her locks. It was a day after his release that he reportedly attempted to break into her home, and the same night he also made contact with his ex-wife which was a violation of the protection from abuse order she had against him.

Three days after Kruszynski’s disappearance, Brenner was found dead from an apparent suicide. Reportedly he had shot himself in the head with a sawed off shotgun. With him were two suicide notes and reportedly in one note he “admits to having made Jennifer Kruszynski suffer.”

Also on Jan. 13, the son was arrested. Justin Brenner allegedly was angry because his mother’s boyfriend was attempting to look in a shed, and Justin Brenner was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his mother. He was charged with making terroristic threats and harrassment.

Police have found the body of a woman near the area indicated by Brenner’s son. Though the remains have not been formally identified, police say they believe they have found Jennifer Kruszynski, 36.

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Jennifer Kruszynski has been identified. Autopsy results show Jennifer Kruszynski died of multiple blows to her head. Postmortum drag marks were found on her body, indicating that she died elsewhere and was dragged to the creek where she was found. A hammer was found near her body and tests are being conducted to determine if it was the murder weapon. Reportedly she also had defensive wounds on her hands.




  1. Ashley said,

    February 2, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    i think that its sick, i knew son justin brenner he was a friend and he was a nice kid and i never thought he would help in some like that

  2. susie said,

    April 17, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    i knew justin and i dont think he could have done something like that but then again he loved his dad and lord only knows what was going through his head and i just hope that justin knows that we all miss him at home and we cant wait till hes out.

  3. somebody2 said,

    April 24, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Crystal – In most states knowing of a crime and not reporting it is accessory after the fact – and cleaning up blood and hiding the deseased’s phone and keys is definitely accessory after the fact. I’m sure Justin will have to account for what he knew and did. Also be careful as you say HE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE MURDER ?? – I would suggest you call a lawyer to see if you can be charged with obstruction of justice.

    Just some friendly advice here

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