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1948: Stanley Skridla & Mary Jane Reed

Discussion in 'Historical Cold Cases - Pre 1950' started by Lily, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member


    In Oregon, Illinois on the evening of June 25, 1948, 17-year-old Mary Jane Reed was on a date with 28-year-old Stanley Skridla. The couple went to a few nightspots and was last seen driving toward County Farm Road, the local lovers’ lane on the outskirts of town. The next morning, Stanley’s body was found on the side of the road. He was shot several times and his vehicle was half a mile away. He still had his wallet, ruling out robbery. Four days later, Mary Jane’s body was found in a ditch three kilometers (two miles) north of Stanley. She was shot once in the head, and there didn’t seem to be any sign of sexual assault.

    One possible suspect was a married Oregon police officer who had allegedly been having an affair with Mary Jane. She reportedly broke off the affair a few days before her date with Stanley, and eyewitnesses claimed they saw this officer tailing them on the night of the murders. However, there was no evidence to tie him to the crime and the case went cold for several decades. In 2005, the case was reopened and Mary Jane’s body was exhumed. To everyone’s shock, the skull in Mary Jane’s casket wasn't hers but belonged to an Asian man. To date, her actual skull has never been found, adding another bizarre element to this unsolved mystery.


    Arians says investigators found two bullet slugs and remnants of a third in Stanley Skridla’s casket. Arians says the slugs are consistent with the two alleged murder weapons found through past investigations. Skridla and Mary Jane Reed were shot to death on the same night back in 1948. When Reed’s body was exhumed in 2005, she was found buried with someone else’s skull. Through tips there was reason to believe her skull could be in Skridla’s coffin. However, after yesterday’s exhumation, it was discovered Reed’s skull was not in Skridla’s coffin.

    Arians says there’s nothing more he can do on his end.
    "I'm done. I've done all that I can do. Hopefully, my efforts over the past 17 years haven't been in vain, and that enough of the dots that I created can be connected and that law enforcement can color in the picture," says Arians.

    Arians believes two suspects in the murders are still alive, however the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department says all of the possible suspects involved are dead.

    The Sheriff’s Department is conducting a separate investigation. They’ve sent the bullet slugs to a crime lab for further testing. The department does not believe the slugs are consistent with the guns identified in Arian’s investigation. They also don’t believe Reed’s skull was replaced with someone else’s.


    ^ Wow, so a former mayor is in conflict with local LE -- who might not be too eager to investigate one of their own, despite that officer tailing the couple, and having a potential motive.
    Mel70, Rain and GarAndMo49 like this.

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