Laura Henderson-Ibach disappeared on March 28, 1986. She and her husband Jack Ibach were getting a divorce. The authorities suspect that she was kidnapped, murdered, and that her remains discarded somewhere in the Alaskan wilderness. Her remains have never been found but some of her personal belongings were.
Charged and sentenced to life for this crime were Michael “Mac” McDonald and Laura’s husband Jack Ibach. This case has been picked up activists pointing to their wrongful conviction. Watch this clip here.
In an interview conducted by a Private Investigator, Sergeant Paris of the KPD admitted that the evidence against Michael McDonald was the slimmest of any evidence that he has seen in a murder conviction however, he believes that McDonald is guilty because Al Ruble said that he was the last person seen with Laura. Let’s not forget that Al Ruble lied several times about the events of that night.
It is important to note that Al Ruble, who was in charge of protecting Laura Henderson-Ibach that night, changed the story that he told to the police, the grand jury, and at the first and second trial. He also changed it when he was interviewed by the first private investigator hired for Mac’s appeal. That investigator did submit reports and was certain that Mac and Jack were not involved in the case at all. Just before he was to have a meeting with Mac’s sister, he learned about some new information. He felt certain that it would clear them.
Unfortunately, that information will forever remain a mystery. The investigator was on his way to the meeting with Mac’s sister when he suddenly died. The new information that he was so excited to share with her, died with him.