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Lawrence County Jane Doe is presumably an elderly woman whose skull was found by authorities when searching for the skull of another unidentified victim found two days prior near New Castle, Pennsylvania.

Case

The victim's skull was found by authorities about noon of October 19, 1925 who were searching for the skull of an unidentified man found two days earlier. It was confirmed the skull was not of that of the unidentified man, but it may have belonged to an elderly woman. However, clothes that belonged to the man were found with this victim. Two days later, they found the lower jaw, two vertebrae bones, fifteen small bones that may have been fingers & toes, dried human flesh, blood clotted mat of hair, and a dark blue cap that belonged to the victim.

Between 1925-1940, nine people, eight of them unidentified, were found dead and dismembered in the swamps or around the train yards of New Castle and West Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The murders being dubbed, "the Murder Swamp Killings," have been theorized to either victims of the Mafia or the Cleveland Torso Murderer. Between 1934-1938, the Cleveland Torso Killer was responsible for at the murders of twelve to thirteen people in Cleveland, Ohio. Both towns are connected through the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad lines and the victims of both killings were dismembered similarly and had similar profiles. As of today, both series of killings, related or not, remain unsolved.

Clothing

  • Dark blue cap.

Sources

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