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'A lot of fear': Kristin Diede haunted by assault, fear in months before 1993 disappearance, friends say

After a Minnesota judge threw the book at Kristin Diede's estranged husband, Clyde, over a domestic assault conviction, Kristin should have felt shielded by a two-year no-contact order. But it was clear to friends she still didn't feel safe.

Tiffany Hassler Johnson, friend of Kristin Diede
In her extensive interview with Dakota Spotlight, Tiffany Hassler Johnson recounted that Kristin Diede was living in fear during the weeks leading up to her disappearance.
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Kristin Diede's fear was hard to miss. Her relationship with her husband, Clyde Diede, had gone sour. She told friends he had hurt her, that she was afraid he would take away the two kids they had together.

After a Minnesota judge threw the book at Clyde over a domestic assault conviction, Kristin should have felt shielded by a two-year no-contact order.

But it was clear to friends she still didn't feel safe. So they were glad her boyfriend Bob Anderson was joining her on a trip from Bloomington, Minnesota, to Wishek, North Dakota, both her and Clyde's hometown, in mid-August 1993.

It was a trip from which Kristin and Bob never returned. They were last seen Aug. 15,1993.

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Kristin's neighbor and friend Heather told Dakota Spotlight that she had a confrontation with Clyde Diede outside of Kristin's apartment just days or weeks after the dissapearence.
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The disappearance of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson is the focus of the latest season of Dakota Spotlight, an investigative true crime podcast from Forum Communications: "Vanishing Act: The Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson."

The podcast's live investigation into this missing-persons case spanned North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and elsewhere.

In the latest episode of Dakota Spotlight, the podcast explores Kristin's deteriorating relationship with her husband, Clyde, to better understand what was going on in her life when she vanished in 1993.

Inside Episode 4, 'Looking Over Her Shoulder'

Kristin Diede seemed to be moving on with her life in early 1993. But her marriage to her husband Clyde wasn’t yet over. While separated, they still lived in the same city —Bloomington, Minnesota. They still had two children together: Mitchel and Deanna.

Neighbor friends describe her as cautious and careful. Then, on Feb. 10, 1993, Clyde drove over her foot. Kristin sought help from Cornerstone, a local domestic violence shelter and advocacy program. Allies there aided her as she worked with prosecutors regarding the February incident.

In May, Clyde made something of a scene at trial, a key witness told Dakota Spotlight, and he was found guilty of a fifth-degree misdemeanor — domestic assault. He was sentenced to three weekends in a workhouse correctional facility and issued a two-year no-contact order to keep him away from Kristin.

Yet Kristin still worried. She told friends she remaind fearful, and afraid Clyde could take their kids away from her. That fear is why her friends were glad Kristin's boyfriend, Bob Anderson, was going with her on a journey to Wishek, North Dakota in mid-August, 1993.

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While in the Wishek area, the Kristin encountered Clyde, and it seems they got into a dispute of some kind, likely regarding their two children who were there at the time. Kristin and Bob spoke to law enforcement about the matter on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 15, 1993. That was the last day they were seen.

People in this episode

  • Clyde: Kristin's estranged husband. They married in 1983 and had two kids together, Mitchel and Deanna. He was convicted of 5th-degree domestic assault against Kristin, and issued a no-contact order for her, in May 1993, three months before she vanished.
  • Heather: A neighbor of Kristin in Bloomington, Minnesota. She and a friend, Tiffany, befriended Kristin, helped coax her out of her shell after her marriage to Clyde had collapsed, and were the first to report her missing to law enforcement.
  • Molly: An advocate at Cornerstone, a domestic violence shelter and advocacy program in Bloomington, Minnesota. Molly became Kristin's case worker and helped her navigate her relationship with her estranged husband Cylde, including her pursuit of a domestic assault charge against him.
  • Susan: Former executive director of Cornerstone, a domestic violence shelter in Minnesota, where Kristin sought help. Susan has been a steadfast advocate for Kristin's case.
  • Tiffany: A neighbor of Kristin Diede in Bloomington, Minnesota. She and friend Heather befriended Kristin. Tiffany was the last person Kristin was known to have called before vanishing with her boyfriend, Bob.
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  • Betty: Kristin's mother, now deceased, who told James the family had no photos of Kristin.
  • Brenda: Kristin's sister, who recalled her sister enjoying cards and other games.
  • Chase: Son of Bob Anderson. Chase had long been told his dad had abandoned him, and had lived a troubled life with addiction and prison time. He later found out his dad actually hadn't abandoned him, but had instead vanished in 1993 and authorities believed he had been murdered.
  • Dan: Dan was a reporter at WCCO television in Minneapolis in 1995. He flew to Wishek, North Dakota, to pursue the missing persons case, was met with hostility from the Diede family and believes he was followed around town and back to the town's airstrip. He remains haunted by the experience.
  • Dean: Bob's brother, and the last Anderson family members to see him alive. He recalled a happy family, and a childhood growing up on a hobby farm.
  • Debra: Bob's sister, who recalled how he was quiet and supportive, and how much she looked up to her big brother.
  • Diane: Bob's sister, who shared numerous memories of her brother, and their family — including a father who promoted education and told her she could do what she aspired to do in life.
  • Larry: Kristin's brother, who was in Wishek the weekend Kristin and Bob disappeared and remembers her as happy person but one who didn't talk much about her problems.
  • Sandra: Kristin's sister. Sandra saw Kristin and spoke with her at their brother Larry's place before Sandra and other members of Kristin's immediate family left for a trip to Idaho on Saturday, Aug. 14, 1993 — the day before Kristin vanished.
  • Sherri: Kristin's niece, who explained that Kristin had grown estranged from the Goebel family.
  • Travis: Nephew of Kristin. He has made it his mission to better understand what might have happened to his aunt and her boyfriend in 1993.
  • Wes: Retired trooper of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, stationed in Wishek, North Dakota, on Aug. 15, 1993. Kristin and Bob visited Wes on that day, the day they disappeared, to ask about legal issues regarding Kristin, Clyde and their children before leaving for the Diede farm.

About Dakota Spotlight, Season Six: 'Vanishing Act: The Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson'

In this season of Dakota Spotlight, the podcast tackles a live, multi-part investigation that spans multiple states including Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, in which host James Wolner and co-producer Jeremy Fugleberg try to figure out what happened to Kristin Anderson and Bob Anderson, who vanished in North Dakota on Aug. 15, 1993.

The duo works with Kristin and Bob's family members, friends and allies to untangle why they went to North Dakota, what exactly took place on Aug. 15, 1993 — the last day they were seen and why the couple has never been found.

The investigation reveals the painful holes ripped through people's lives when their loved ones disappear without a trace. The mystery of Diede and Anderson's disappearance continues to haunt many whose lives they touched.

James Wolner is a Digital Content Producer at Forum Communications Company, Fargo North Dakota and the creator, producer and host of Dakota Spotlight, a true crime podcast. He has lived the Upper Midwest since 2013 and studied photojournalism at California State University at Fresno. He is fluent in English and Swedish.
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