It was 47 years ago today that Reet Jurvetson, a 19-year-old Swede living in Canada, was found murdered in Hollywood, California. On November 16, 1969, a teenage boy spotted her body on an embankment, a few metres from the road he was walking along. She had been dead for less than 48 hours. She had been stabbed 157 times, mostly to the neck, but she also had defensive wounds to her hands from attempting to protect herself. Until 2015 she was known only as Jane Doe 59. Finally, one of her friends recognized her picture online and contacted the Los Angeles Police Department. DNA testing enabled a positive identification. Like 19-year-old Helen Betty Osborne, Reet Jurvetson's life was stolen by a man who refused to control himself. He was never brought to justice for his reprehensible actions. As in Helen Betty Osborne's case, I am still waiting for justice to be served.
© 2016 Alline Cormier