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BUFFALO, NY - On June 13th at 8:37 in the morning, Dr. Timothy Jorden, driving a black truck, pulled in to the driveway of his home in Lakeview. He had a .357 magnum with him.

2 On Your Side has obtained the video through a Freedom Of Information request from the Buffalo Police Department.

Four minutes later, at 8:41 that morning Jorden went out the back door of his home.

He walked a few hundred yards toward a wooded area, put the gun to his head and committed suicide.

When his body was found two days later by law enforcement, Jorden was identified in part by a tattoo on his arm.

2 On Your Side has obtained this picture of the tattoo which said "Forever Jackie."

Jackie was Jackie Wisniewski, Jorden's former girlfriend.

Dave Wisniewski is Jackie's older brother.

Dave Wisniewski: "My sister was just somebody who enjoyed life, who tried to smile everyday, she tried to find the positives throughout the day, she was deeply devoted to her family, she wanted nothing more than for people to come together, we called her the glue of the family.

"Jackie loved being a mother more than anything. Her son meant the world to her and she meant the world to him."

This is the first time that the Wisniewski family is speaking publicly about Jackie, and about how her relationship with Tim Jorden turned from a break up, to obsession, to murder.

It all started about a year ago. Jackie, who was a secretary at ECMC, and her young son were living with Jorden when she discovered that Jorden was cheating on her.

Dave Wisniewski: "My sister believed that when you're in a relationship with somebody you deserve a certain amount of respect and when she wasn't getting that respect she walked away. And I don't think there was anything he could have done to get her back."

But Tim Jorden didn't want to hear that, and he wouldn't accept it.

From the outside, Tim Jorden seemed to have it all.  He was handsome, a successful trauma surgeon, he made hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and had that home on the lake.

But inside, Tim Jorden was hiding a dark secret.

He bullied and threatened and harassed women.

"One in four women will be touched by this in their lifetime," said Mary Murphy.

Murphy runs the Family Justice Center, a place where victims of domestic violence can turn to for help with everything from orders of protection, to medical treatment, to plans to safely leave an abusive relationship.

Mary Murphy: "Society needs to know that domestic violence does not stop at any zip code, municipal line or any level of education or affluence or any age or race or religion or culture- it's everywhere."

Scott Brown: "So in this case it's a doctor, he's making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, didn't matter?"

Mary Murphy: "All about the power and control. All about the power and control."

2 On Your Side has learned that back in 2003, Jorden had lost that power and control when another local woman broke up with him.

A source in law enforcement tells us that on June 9th of that year, Jorden was a suspect after someone broke in to the ex-girlfriend's home and stole her computer.

The next day, our source tells us Jorden called his former girlfriend and threatened to kill her.

Jorden was convicted of aggravated harassment, but his record was later sealed after he left the woman alone.

Now nine years later, Jorden was repeating that same pattern of harassment with Jackie Wisniewski.

After Wisniewski broke up with Jorden he began:

* Constantly texting her.

* Leaving numerous messages on her home answering machine.

And then things escalated.

* Jorden started showing up wherever Jackie was.

* It turns out that Jorden had hidden a GPS tracking device on her car.

* Not only that, but our source tells us that Jorden rented a car in order to try and follow Jackie around without her recognizing him.

Mary Murphy: "When you hear about stalking, that's something that has the potential to turn deadly, very quickly."

Scott Brown: "Given what you know now, was there any question that she was in fear of her life of what he might do to her?"

Dave Wisniewski: "There was never a question, she was in fear of her life. All of her family and friends knew it."

Once Jackie discovered the GPS in March, She went for help to the police in West Seneca where she lived to tell them about the GPS and how Jorden refused to leave her alone.

At this point, Jackie Wisniewski would have just three months to live.

Dave Wisniewski: "When I think about the GPS incident, I think about how much strength it must have taken her to go to the police station."

When the police asked Jackie if she wanted press charges against Jorden she said no.

But that reaction is not unusual for victims of domestic violence.

Mary Murphy: "People who are trying to help victims need to understand that they could be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which undermines their ability to think clearly and make good decisions and that they're probably scared to death and being threatened and blaming themselves."

Dave Wisniewski believes that the police should have at least contacted Jorden to let him know they were aware of the GPS device and his harassment of Jackie.

Dave Wisniewski: "We need to do a better job of protecting those who can't protect themselves."

2 On Your Side contacted the West Seneca police chief to ask him about his department's actions in this case, but he declined our request for an interview, telling us that anything he might say could cause the Wisniewski family more grief.

Whether intervention by the police would have stopped Jorden, as was the case with what happened back in 2003 it's impossible to know.

What is known is that Jackie Wisniewski continued to live with Tim Jorden's ominous shadow looming over her.

She tried to protect herself from him, having friends walk her to and from her car at ECMC where both she and Jorden worked, and at times she and her son would stay at her parents' home on weekends.

Dave Wisniewski: "She took the necessary steps that she was comfortable taking."

While researching this story, we wondered how no one who worked with Jorden during this time - his fellow doctors and nurses - could not have noticed some sort of change in him and reported it to someone.

Scott Brown: "Here was a man who was losing his mind, was he still able to operate and function where nobody here noticed anything?"

Jody Lomeo, Chief Executive Officer of ECMC: "Yeah he was. He was operating, he was doing a fine job clinically, he was doing wonderful work. We've searched high and low, we've searched for complaints, his superiors and others, nothing had happened prior."

Scott Brown: "Subsequently, when you heard that Jackie had people walking her to her car and that this harassment was going on, how did that make you feel?"

Jody Lomeo: "Quite honestly, a little disappointed. I'm disappointed that after the fact we heard about that, cause there is processes in place, formal where you can anonymously take advantage of and use that as an opportunity to help someone. In this instance for some reason, I do not know the reason, that didn't happen."

Scott Brown: "Is it fair to say there was a conspiracy of silence here?"

Jody Lomeo: "I will let others judge that to be honest with you, I don't want to, I don't want to make that decision."

Mary Murphy says domestic violence has become society's dirty little secret.

Mary Murphy: "People come up to me all the time and say I'm positive it's my son in law, or my neighbor, or I think it's my golfing buddy but I'm afraid to say anything. We have got to start speaking out and let them know that abusive behavior toward your loved one, toward anybody is completely and utterly unacceptable and you're not going to be golfing with us. Holding these people accountable and responsible I think is key to solving the problem. So that the onus isn't on the victim."

A year after Jackie Wisniewski broke up with him, Tim Jorden may have finally come to the realization that he would never again be able to control her.

Early on the morning of June 13, he left his home in Lakeview with the .357 magnum and drove to ECMC.

At 7:37 that morning Jorden called Jackie on her cell phone knowing she was in her car and on her way to work

The two had a 17 minute conversation that lasted until 7:54

During that conversation, Jorden lured Jackie into meeting him in a stairwell inside the Miller building on the hospital grounds.

At 7:55 Jorden was seen smoking a cigarette in the ECMC parking lot.

He then went into the Miller building and at 7:59, Tim Jorden shot Jackie Wisniewski five times at point blank range.

If Tim Jorden couldn't control Jackie - if he couldn't have her - then no one would.

Jorden then drove back out to his home and at 8:37 pulled into his driveway.

A short time later he turned same gun that he had used to murder Jackie Wisniewski on himself.

Scott Brown: "This has been such a difficult time for you and your family, why did you agree to sit down with us?"

Dave Wisniewski: "I go to bed every night hoping when I wake up the story will have a different ending, but it never does. My family and I recognize there are a lot of stories out there where the ending hasn't yet been written and the hope is someone out there will hear our story and it won't end like this."

In the wake of Jackie's murder, ECMC is bringing Mary Murphy in to speak to employees to train them about ways to recognize and report incidents of domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic abuse, here are two groups that can help:

The Family Justice Center:



























Haven House:

A trust fund has been established for Jackie Wisniewski's son. Donations can be made to:

The Jacqueline Wisniewski Trust Fund

c/o M&T Bank, 490 Dorrance Avenue, Buffalo 14218







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