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Lawrence County John Doe is a man who was found in a box car in New Castle Junction, Pennsylvania on July 1, 1936.


The victim was discovered covered in a burlap sack in a box car by two P&LE workers who noticed an open boxcar that had been idle for five years. He was nude and decapitated. The only evidence police found was a patch of tobacco and three bloodied newspapers that dated late July 1933, one from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and two from the Pittsburg Press.

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.


  • Patch of tobacco.
  • Newspapers dating from July 1933 from Cleveland Plain Dealer and Pittsburgh Press.