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Lawrence County John Doe is a man who was found buried near West Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on October 16, 1934.


The victim was discovered in a shallow grave on a bluff overlooking the Beaver River by two young men running dogs through the swamp north of West Pittsburg on the evening of October 16, 1934. The next day, when authorities investigated, it was discovered he was buried face downward with an iron pike and a whiskey bottle, but no other clues or clothing were found. No unusual damage to the body was found and thus, an exact cause of death could not be determined

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.


  • Iron pike.
  • Whiskey bottle.