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Woman charged after writing about getting rid of a dead body in her diary

Editor's note: Some may find the details of this story disturbing

ST. LOUIS – A woman has been charged after her diary entry details how she got rid of a woman’s dead body.

Joni R. Janis, 37, was charged with one felony count of an abandonment of a corpse, according to court documents.

On February 27, 2017, officers found K.W.’s body inside a car on Blow Street in St. Louis. Court documents did not release the name of the woman.

Detectives talked with five witnesses who saw K.W. at the home of Janis on February 26, 2017. Three of those witnesses told detectives Janis admitted to them K.W. had died in her home and she moved her body out of her home.

A St. Louis detective found Janis’ diary on June 4 after obtaining a search warrant for her home in the 8000 block of Morganford.

An entry in the diary details how Janis removed K.W.’s body from her home. Janis wrote she loaded the body in her car and dropped her off on the side of the highway with her lights.

Editor’s note: Some may find the details of this story disturbing

Here’s the complete diary entry from court documents,

“Mardi Gras was here. Then… everything came crashing down around me. It all started the night of Mardi Gras. Sat night. C. went to Mardi Gras and brought home some girl. She had her guy friend in the car who had been up for days and they couldn’t wake him, so they left him. 9:45 a.m. I wake to cops – in my house – screaming they were the police. Then my bedroom door swung open and guns were pointed in my face along with flashlights. Pulled from bed by gunpoint. I am less than happy. They ask if anyone else is in the house. I tell them yes, I rent the basement to my friend, C. L. – lol. So they go downstairs but C. locked himself in the bedroom with a girl in a diabetic coma already (soon to find that out) a pound if ice, and stolen guns. The cops have no reason to break down my door. There was just some [expletive] in my driveway. But – now they want in. So they tell me they are sending a building inspector over and that door better be open. So they leave and within 2 hours C. was ghost – a memory. Took most of his crap and burnt out – leaving this poor girl in a coma in my basement. He told me she was ok and would wake up. I texted him many times letting him know she was still here and he needed to come get her. 3:45 a.m. A. wakes us – [expletive] is dead. Cops come in my home for the first time EVER and the same night a girl dies in my basement. T. and A. panic but I quickly assessed the situation and realize my nosy next door neighbor is out of town this night (thank you facebook) its 4 am and there is never gonna be a better time to do this. We cannot call 911. I don’t even know if C. got rid of everything incriminating. So I made the decision. Load her in the car, drop her off on the side of the highway with her lights on so she’s found fast, and we walk home. A. was [expletive] useless, hyperventilating like a moron. T. was less than stoked about moving and handling a dead body, but something had to be done and quick. Before we knew it it would be dawn. No – we had to move fast. So – we lined our hands in latex gloves and began the disturbing task of moving this dead girl. It was hard. Very hard. T. only with one arm. It was a fiasco. We were pushing trying to get this lifeless body into the car. By the grace of God. So, still gloved we loaded her possessions into her car. I drove while T. sat in back. We took her down a few exists on the highway, left her lights on so she would be found quickly and walked home back down the freeway… tossing our gloves along the way.”

An autopsy concluded the woman died from diabetic ketoacidosis.