Linda
Sex Female
Race White
Location Hunts Point, New York
Found May 3, 1984
Unidentified for 36 years
Postmortem interval 1 month
Body condition Decomposed
Age approximation 18 - 25
Height approximation 5'4"
Weight approximation 130 pounds
Cause of death Beating and Asphyxiation (homicide)

Linda is the possible name of a woman that was murdered in 1984 in Hunts Point, New York.

Case

The victim was discovered floating in the East River. She was asphyxiated, bludgeoned, bound, and gagged before being dumped into the river.

In 1998, a California couple, Arthur and Donna Kinlaw, were charged in this case. According to the evidence, which included Donna's testimony, police found that the Kinlaws, who ran a prostitution ring and were involved in robbery, forgery, burglary, and welfare fraud in seven states, met the victim, who was called "Linda", at the Blackberry Jam Club in Bay Shore, New York. "Linda", who may have had Italian-American ancestry and lived with her grandmother in Bay Shore or Brentwood in Long Island, was befriended by the couple. However, when she refused their offer to join their prostitution ring and threatened to go to the police, Arthur, with the help of his wife, killed her and dumped her body in the river.


Arthur Kinlaw was convicted to life in prison in two second-degree homicide cases, this case being one of them, and has been suspected to be the killer of Princess Doe, who was found in Blairstown, New Jersey on July 15, 1982 and Christine Kozma in Coram, New York in September 1982. Donna Kinlaw was convicted on a manslaughter charge in this case and was released in 2003.

The other second-degree homicide case Arthur was convicted of was of an unidentified woman he killed in 1983 in Bellport, New York.

Characteristics

  • Black or brown hair.
  • Italian-American ancestry.

Clothing

  • Blouse.
  • Blue jeans.

Sources

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