DeKALB — An NIU law student is being featured on Investigation Discovery for his involvement in helping police catch and convict a man of murder-for-hire deaths and fraud.
Jed McClure, a College of Law student, found himself in the middle of an investigation that involved fraud and the murder of Doug Carlile, a Spokane, Washington, native. At the center of the investigation was James Henrikson, McClure’s former business partner in North Dakota. McClure will be featured Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. on Investigation Discovery’s Pandora’s Box for his involvement in the investigation that lead to Henrikson’s conviction.
McClure owned and operated Blackstone trucking stop, a business that worked with Henrikson’s oil company. McClure said he began to investigate Henrikson after he noticed inconsistencies in the company’s financial history.
“I learned about it over time when I started seeing financial discrepancies within our financial records,” McClure said. “I started looking into it more deeply. I got a private investigator involved.”
McClure said he learned about Henrikson and his criminal past while Carlile’s murder investigation was ongoing. If McClure had known of Henrikson’s past beforehand, he would have never worked with him, McClure said in an Oct. 14, 2016, Dateline interview.
“Obviously I was very angry that he lied to me,” McClure said. “I waited until I had all the evidence and confronted him. He still lied about everything.”
After Henrikson took millions of dollars and equipment from McClure’s company, more victims came forward to McClure about their dealings with Henrikson, McClure said.
“He stole millions of dollars from our company,” McClure said. “During that time, I was hearing a lot of stories about small businesses and trucking companies who were being ripped off by James, and the attitude a lot of people had was they were angry, but the attitude they had was, ‘There is nothing I can do about it.’”
McClure said he decided to create a poster warning people about Henrikson and his history of shady business tactics after a failed lawsuit because of a lack of collectability. He said it was his best option to stop Henrikson from ripping people off.
“He was going to continue to rip people off unless someone stopped him,” McClure said.
Henrikson was banned and kicked of the land he was using for his business. Henrikson ended up contacting McClure about a potential meeting with the two of them and Henrikson’s attorney.
“He said we would work out the situation and have a quick conversation, and everything would be fine,” McClure said. “I knew something was wrong. There was nothing about the situation that would be resolved in a quick conversation.”
McClure decided not to attend the meeting and found out a year later from Homeland Security the meeting in North Dakota was part of a plot to have him murdered. It was not the first attempt by Henrikson to arrange McClure’s murder. Henrikson had planned to kill McClure in his Chicago home.
The entire investigation into Henrikson’s plotted killing of Carlile and attempted murder of McClure and others has received national attention. NBC’s ‘Dateline’ talked about the investigation, and McClure was interviewed for an online exclusive Oct. 14, 2016.
McClure said the national attention he got was surprising, but he’s not stunned by the national attention the investigation as a whole has received, given its magnitude.
“James is involved in one of the biggest organized crime events in North Dakota history,” McClure said. “I’m not surprised the story itself received attention. I am very pleased that my own ‘Beware’ poster was effective at doing what I set out to do.”