It’s been more than 15 years since Donald Blom was found guilty of killing Moose Lake teenager Katie Poirier, but a new cable TV show is taking a new look at the high-profile kidnapping and murder and how surveillance cameras made the difference.
The channel describes “See No Evil” as a program exploring how crimes have been solved “through the lens of surveillance technology — one frame at a time.” The Poirier case captured the attention of the state when the Barnum High School graduate disappeared from her job at the convenience store, and grainy black-and-white surveillance video showed a man forcing the 19-year-old from the building at about p.m. The man’s hand was at the back of her neck, but it appeared from the way that she touched her throat that there might have been a cord tied around her neck.
The abductor was wearing jeans, a backward baseball cap and a throwback New York Yankees baseball jersey with the number 23 on the back. Investigators initially thought he was about 25 years old.
Pertler said two different videos were used by the prosecution in the Poirier case: the video showing the man abducting the Poirier and a video from a different Moose Lake convenience store, showing Donald Blom with blond tips on his long grey hair around the date of her abduction.
Pertler, who was assistant Carlton County attorney at the time but took the lead on the case, said authorities sent the abduction video to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for help enhancing the grainy film.
While the video may not have clearly identified Blom, it did show his general appearance, and the prosecution was able to introduce evidence that Blom’s brother had sent the family a box of clothes including the same kind of Yankees jersey.