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Lawrence County John Doe was a man who was found near West Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on October 13, 1939.


The victim's headless body was found in a thicket of tall grass in the south of the swamp by four boys from West Pittsburg out walnut hunting. Apparently, the killer dragged the body to the woods and built a fire out of newspapers, one of which is was the Youngstown Vindicator dated September 28, 1939, and then laid the body breast down. Newspapers were also placed on the victim's hand so fingerprints could not be collected.

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.


  • Small in stature.


  • Unspecified clothing.
  • Men's shoes.