Middlesboro Daily News
Thurday, December 11, 1975
MURDER CHARGE PLACED IN COED DEATH
Cincinnati/ (UPI) Lt. Ben Harney of the Kentucky State Police said he will request today that murder charges be filed against John W. Boyd, 49, of Middletown, Ohio in connection with the death of a 19-year-old University of Cincinnati coed.
The body of Miss Susan Gorman was discovered last week along a highway near Butler, Kentucky, about 35 miles south of here.
Boyd, being held here, was charged by Cincinnati police Tuesday with kidnapping Miss Gorman Thanksgiving Eve.
"We feel we can prove Miss Gorman was killed in Pendleton County (KY)," said Harney, who has been working with Cincinnati police and the FBI in the case.
Miss Gorman was last seen Thanksgiving Eve and the next day her parents received a call from a man demanding $5,000 ransom for her return. The unidentified man said he would call again, but did not.
The body of the pre-law student was found Dec. 3 by two boys walking along Kentucky State highway 609, about four miles north of Butler. The coroner said she had been strangled.
Boyd, an unemployed maintenance man, was reported by the Cincinnati post as believed to be the same John Boyd who has been free on bond while awaiting trial in Dearborn, Ind. on two charges of rape and one of kidnapping.
Ok, I don't know if anyone has looked at this guy,but if he did this killing,Iimagine she was from right there in that area.
I don'tunderstand why she's not on doenetwork ??
This case can not be connected to John W. Boyd as he was incarcerated during this period. I was a close childhood friend of the Cinci Co-ed abduction/rape/murder victim "Susan Gorman." For this reason I have been doing extensive research on "John William Boyd" born 11/2/1926 Monroe, Butler, OH, (resided in Monroe and Middletown) died 4/11/2001 KY State Reformatory, LaGrange, KY. When I get my last records back (FBI) I will look through the cases that were open during the brief periods that he was not incarcerated, as I know that their are even more abduction/rape and or murders than the substantial amount that I have found.
Soory about you friend. That's sad.
Thanks Starless! In researching Susan Gorman's (11/1975, Cincinnati) case I have found that "Jxxx Xxxx" has quite the history of; misc, rape, concealed weapons, Nembutal drugs, obscene literature/photographs, abduction and (1, suspected in 2 others) murder charges. Dates I have substantiated are 1945-1975. Once I finish compiling the data showing me the years he was not incarcerated/institutionalized, I want to post info. on him to the cold case areas where he may have been, as I am sure there are plenty more victims out there. Most probable times: 1948-1958, 1974-1975. Areas: Pendleton County, KY. Counties of Butler, Hamilton, Montgomery, Warren Ohio. Dearborn,IN. MO/Signature: abduction, physical assault w/black jack and or knife. Threatens w/revolver. Has obscene literature and likes to photograph victim. Often driving white sports car or brown station wagon. Strangulation by ligature. If any victims show up that might fit this person please let me know, I have a huge amount of documentation.
Police dig up unidentified body from 1969 cold case
HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - For 45 years, a mystery overlooked Harlan County. Police say in 1969, an unidentified girl was found murdered near the Little Shepherd Trail. To this day, her name remains unknown, as does her killer.
Wednesday, state police and others dug up her grave in Harlan and removed her body.
"This is a way to identify her. It's the only way that's left with DNA," said Det. Josh Howard, Kentucky State Police.
No one knows who the girl is. They only know she was murdered in 1969.
"It's amazing that so much time has gone by and no one has initiated a search for that missing person or reported her missing," said Harlan County Coroner Philip Bianchi.
Police say the unidentified girl, between 18 and 22 years old at the time, was found stabbed to death near Little Shepherd Trail in June of 1969.
When no one identified her then, they buried her in a cemetery in the woods near Harlan.
Now with modern technology, police are digging up the body to run DNA tests in hopes of identifying her and finding her family.
"At least bring closure to a family whoever the family may be out there, and by doing that, they can at least lay down at night and know where their loved one is," said Det. Howard.
Investigators also hope by identifying her, they can find out who killed her and why.
"Once we put a name with her, maybe we can bring someone to justice for her murder," said Det. Howard.
They say identifying her is the first step to solving this mountain mystery.
Police are sending the remains to University of North Texas for the DNA testing. Once the DNA is recovered, they will enter it into the national missing person's database.
A national production crew was also at the grave shooting a documentary on the cold case.
Case number FA-2009-54
Date found June 01, 1969 00:00
Estimated age Adult - Pre 30
Minimum age 16 years
Maximum age 22 years
Weight (pounds) 112, Estimated
Height (inches) 63, Estimated
medium length light brown hair, tinted to auburn in some places
painted fingernails and toenails in unkept condition
Scars and marks:
(1)Apparent burn scar, 3/4 inch wide, on right leg midway between knee and thigh. Scar begins on outside (lateral side) of leg and continues around to the back side of leg.
(2) Scar three inches above right knee on the outside (lateral side) of the knee. Scar is 1 and 1/2 inches long with two clamp marks.
(3) Scar is three inches long and located just below and beside the "clamp scar" mentioned above.
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