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TX ORANGE SOCKS: WF, 15-30, found in Georgetown, TX - 31 October 1979 *GRAPHIC**Debra Jackson*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by Scorpio, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Socks

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Orange Socks"
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    Forensic facial reconstruction of the victim
    Born approx. 1949–1964
    Status Unidentified for 37 years, 1 month and 8 days
    Died October 30 or 31, 1979 (aged 15–30)
    Cause of death Strangulation
    Body discovered Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas, United States
    Other names "Joanie Doe", "Judy Doe", "Georgetown Jane Doe"
    Known for Unidentified victim of homicide
    Height Between 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
    and 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)(approximate)
    Weight Between 140 lb (64 kg)
    and 160 lb (73 kg)(approximate)


    Orange Socks (also known as Joanie Doe, Judy Doe and the Georgetown Jane Doe) is the informal name given to an American unidentified female who was murdered on October 31, 1979 in Georgetown, Texas. The body was found naked, except for the pair of orange socks from which her nickname was derived.[1][2] She had been strangled and was believed to have died only hours before the discovery.

    The victim, who was white and had been sexually assaulted, was found in a culvert on interstate 35, after being dragged to and thrown over a guardrail.[1][2][7] The cause of death was ruled as strangulation, as a large amount of bruising was visible on her neck. Other bruises were also visible due to the body being dropped from the overpass.[7]

    The victim's legs were unshaven with a large number of insect bites. She had very long toenails, her fingernails were painted and a hairline scar was observed beneath the chin. Despite these injuries, the victim had not broken a bone during her life.[3][5][6][7][8] She had reportedly suffered from salpingitis, due to previously contracting gonorrhea.[3][4] She had ten-inch-long brown hair with a reddish tint, hazel eyes and her age ranged from 15 to 30 years. She was approximately five feet eight inches to five feet ten inches tall and weighed between 140 and 160 pounds.[1][3][6] She had a well-maintained set of teeth, despite two of them missing, although they showed little sign of dental care, such as fillings or crowns.[1][9] A silver ring was found on her hand, containing an abalone or mother of pearl stone. Her ears were pierced.[3][8]

    Also at the scene, a towel, likely used in place of a sanitary napkin, was found along with the body, as if the victim was attempting to control her menstruation without having to spend money on tampons.[3][7] One of two matchbooks found at the scene belonged to a hotel from Henryetta, Oklahoma, which supported the theory she was a hitchhiker or drifter.[2][7][9]

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  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    continued

    In 1982, serial killer Henry Lee Lucas confessed to her murder, although there was no physical evidence that he had been involved in the killing, sexual assault or disposing of the body.[2][5][10] In an interview, he stated that he picked her up in Oklahoma, where they had sex.[11] After asking for sex again while he was driving, he claimed that Orange Socks said "not right now" and attempted to leave his car, at which point he killed her and raped her corpse. He then drove her body to Georgetown.[4][7][12][13] Lucas told authorities that the victim had stated her name as being "Joanie" or "Judy". Lucas had previously showed officers how he had supposedly dragged her body over the guardrail when taken to the location where her body was found.[4][6][7][14]

    One report claims that at the time of Orange Socks' murder, Lucas was working in Florida, whereas the murder took place in Texas.[15] Interrogators also stated that he had contradicted himself several times when confessing to the murder and his defense also stated that he was shown images of the crime scene before his interview.[8][13] In order to have traveled to Oklahoma, to Texas and back to Florida, it was estimated that he would have had to drive at an average of seventy miles an hour, without stopping, which many find unlikely.[11][16] Lucas later recanted this statement after his conviction in 1984 and by involvement of the then current governor, George W. Bush, his death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment, as the death of Orange Socks was the only case that resulted in his receiving a capital punishment.[15] Lucas had a history of dubious confessons, something that lead others to doubt his truthfulness (he confessed to upwards of 3,000 murders).[1][2][6][9][17] Lucas himself recanted his confessions, stating that the only murder he had committed was that of his mother, Viola.[10]

    After learning that Lucas' sentence had been reduced, the mother of Suzanne Bowers told reporters that she was opposed to the decision along with several others, as Lucas had confessed to murdering the 12-year-old in 1984.[10][18]

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    The "Orange Socks" case had been featured twice on America's Most Wantedsince the murder took place. An anonymous woman called to the program on one occasion claiming she had seen Orange Socks hitchhiking the day of her murder, but the lead has not generated any new information.[20]

    In 2001, a missing woman's photograph surfaced that resembled Orange Socks. DNA testing, however, did not match. Another report suggests that the victim was a woman who had disappeared in the 1970s, together with her abusive boyfriend.[6] Former missing person Martha Morrison was speculated by some to possibly have been the unidentified woman, but she was eventually ruled out.[21] Morrison's remains were identified in 2015 as a Jane Doe found in Washington the same year she disappeared.[22] Four other missing women, Nancy Jason, Kathleen Rodgers, Pinkie Davis-Herron and Susan Cooke, have also been excluded from the case.[21]

    On the 37th anniversary of her discovery, new reconstructions of Orange Socks were released by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The organization also entered her into their database.[23]

    The "Orange Socks" case had been featured twice on America's Most Wantedsince the murder took place. An anonymous woman called to the program on one occasion claiming she had seen Orange Socks hitchhiking the day of her murder, but the lead has not generated any new information.[20]

    In 2001, a missing woman's photograph surfaced that resembled Orange Socks. DNA testing, however, did not match. Another report suggests that the victim was a woman who had disappeared in the 1970s, together with her abusive boyfriend.[6] Former missing person Martha Morrison was speculated by some to possibly have been the unidentified woman, but she was eventually ruled out.[21] Morrison's remains were identified in 2015 as a Jane Doe found in Washington the same year she disappeared.[22] Four other missing women, Nancy Jason, Kathleen Rodgers, Pinkie Davis-Herron and Susan Cooke, have also been excluded from the case.[21]

    On the 37th anniversary of her discovery, new reconstructions of Orange Socks were released by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The organization also entered her into their database.[23]
     
  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://unidentified.wikia.com/wiki/Orange_Socks


    Orange Socks

    "Orange Socks" was a female between fifteen and thirty that was found nude, except for a matching pair of orange socks, which led to her nickname. Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to her murder, was later acquitted, as it is believed that he was untruthful, as he was with other cases, including that of Tammy Alexander, known at that time as the Caledonia Jane Doe.

    Case
    Orange Socks' body was found face-down in a culvert along a highway in Georgetown, Texas. She had been sexually assaulted and was strangled. Along with the pair of socks on her body, she also wore an abalone/mother of pearl stone on a ring.

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    Orange Socks' ring

    Orange Socks is believed to have been a transient or a runaway. Strong evidence supports this, as she had keys from an Oklahoma motel, long nails, insect bites, unshaven legs and a makeshift sanitary pad. She had salpingitis, which was due to having untreated gonorrhea.

    One woman called after the case was featured on television and stated she had seen a person matching the victim's description hitchhiking in Texas. No other information of the victim in life is available.

    Henry Lee Lucas confessed to her murder and was sentenced to death. It was later discovered that police officers from the area had him look at crime scene photos and then confess during interviews, which they would use to gain recognition for solving cold cases. After Lucas was acquitted, he died in 2001 due to heart problems.

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    Theories
    • Orange Socks had physical characteristics of fetal alcohol syndrome.
    • She may have left a household that rejected her or she may have left home once she became an adult.
    • She may have been killed by the same person as Walker County Jane Doe, as both were found under similar circumstances.
    • She may have been a prostitute.
    • She may have been a hitchhiker [​IMG]
    Possible identitiesEdit
    Main article: Unidentified Wiki:possible identities for Orange Socks


    Orange Socks

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    Sex Female
    Race White
    Location Georgetown, Texas
    Found October 31, 1979
    Unidentified for 37 years
    Postmortem interval Hours
    Body condition Recognizable face
    Age approximation 15-30
    Height approximation 5'8 - 5'10
    Weight approximation 140 - 160 pounds
    Cause of death Strangulation
     
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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://amwfans.com/thread/826/orange-socks-jane-murder-texas



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    Authorities in Texas are trying to identify a woman who was murdered in 1979. AMW aired this case in 1998.

    On Oct 31, 1979, the remains of an unidentified white female, in her early to mid 20's were found off Interstate 35 in Williamson County, Texas. She was called Orange Socks Jane Doe because she was found nude, except for a pair of orange socks. She had a large oval-shaped silver ring and had excellent teeth with no sign of dental work. She was strangled to death hours before she was found. An important clue was that she had two matchbooks, one from a Holiday Inn in Henryetta, Oklahoma.

    In 1982, the infamous serial killer Henry Lee Lucas confessed to this murder. He claimed that he picked her up in Oklahoma City and killed her after they stopped at a truck stop to eat. Texas Governor George W. Bush commuted Lucas's death sentence to life imprisonment due to doubt that emerged in this case. Lucas confessed to 350-600 murders in total in order to get better prison living conditions. It was revealed that investigators would give Lucas case details and then he would confess to the crime. Among the crimes he confessed to was the murder of Jimmy Hoffa and the delivering of poison to infamous Jonestown cult leader Jim Jones. In the Orange Socks case, investigators later found a timecard that placed Lucas in Florida at the time of Orange Socks Jane Doe's murder. Lucas later said that he confessed to the murder in an effort for "legal suicide". Lucas died in prison in 2001. He was also the supposed accomplice to Otis Toole, who was later named the killer of Adam Walsh, even though Lucas wasn't involved in the Adam Walsh murder.

    Investigators are also trying to identify an anonymous female caller who called them three times about this murder. She claimed she saw the victim hitchhiking near Georgetown, Texas on the day of the murder.

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    Thoughts? I think we can all agree that Henry Lee Lucas is not the killer of Orange Socks Jane Doe. However, the only guess I have is that someone picked up the victim while she was hitchhiking and murdered her.

    Admin Note #1: According to the Doe Network, if you have any information on this case, please contact the Texas Department of Public Safety at 800-346-3243 or 512-424-2810
     
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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://canyouidentifyme.blogspot.com/2012/01/joanie-doe-im-known-for-my-orange-socks.html

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    Joanie Doe: I’m known for my orange socks.

    One method of travel for me was hitchhiking. My life wasn’t the pretty picture you like to hear about when you think of young white girls in their 20’s. I wasn’t a model. I wasn’t a debutante. I wasn’t a college bookworm. No, my life wasn’t anything like those girls’.

    I owned very little. I wore orange socks. My toenails were long because I didn’t have clippers to cut them. My legs were unshaven because I didn’t have a razor to shave them. I rarely had water to bathe properly. I may have exchanged favors for food, rides, or money. I had untreated gonorrhea. Perhaps I was mistreated and that’s what set me on the road. I was young. I was alone. I was trying to survive.

    The question is was I hitchhiking in Oklahoma when a man named Henry Lee Lucas picked me up? He stated he bought me lunch then had unsatisfying sex with me, which led to him to strangling me to death. After which, he then had unsatisfying sex with me again. He claims he dumped me in a culvert off the “IH35 southbound toward San Antonio.” He remembered this because he injured his knee on the guardrail. He also told them he thought my name was Joanie or Judy. This convicted serial killer later recanted his statement about killing me.

    Another possibility, one that makes people scratch their heads, is that I wasn’t picked up by this serial killer in Oklahoma. Instead, according to an anonymous caller, I was seen hitchhiking near Georgetown, Texas on the day of my murder.

    The complete truth is unknown. They did find me dead, by strangulation, dumped in a culvert. There was even evidence my body was dragged, possibly over a freeway guardrail.

    The reality is that I was a 20-something-year-old woman who stood 5'8", weighed 135 pounds, had red hair and hazel eyes, and I was murdered on October 31, 1979. My body was found in culvert near Georgetown, Williams County, Texas. I was only wearing my orange socks and have since been dubbed “Orange Socks.”


    If you have any information about this young lady, please contact:

    Texas Department of Public Safety
    P O Box 4087
    Austin, Texas 78773-0422
    Phone: (512) 424-5074
    or
    Williamson County Sheriff's Office
    512-943-1389

    CASE# U8904002

    PROFILE DATA AT A GLANCE: Williams Texas Jane Doe October 1979
     
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  7. Sunburst

    Sunburst Bronze Member

    This is weird. Namus does not list an eye color for Orange Socks, but NCMEC does?
     
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    1979 - Georgetown, Texas

    "Orange Socks"

    On October 31, 1979, this woman's body was found in a culvert alongside Interstate 35 in Williamson County Texas, north of Austin. She was completely naked except for a pair of orange socks on her feet. She had been strangled and was believed to have died hours before the discovery.

    She was between 15–30 years old, stood between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighed 140 to 160 pounds.

    A silver ring was found on her hand, containing an abalone or mother of pearl stone; her ears were also pierced.

    In 1982, serial killer Henry Lee Lucas confessed to her murder. He had been convicted of three murders, but this murder was the only one for which he was sentenced to death.

    The truthfullness of his confession was later deemed to be unreliable. Lucas had confessed to many other murders that he did not commit, and there was evidence that Lucas might have been in Florida at the time of the murder. Consequently, Governor George W Bush commuted his death sentence to life in prison without parole. Lucas died in prison in 2001.

    "Orange Socks" is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas under a gravestone that reads "Unidentified Woman - 1979"

    38 years after her death, the "Orange Socks" girl remains UNIDENTIFIED. (by Carl Koppelman)

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  9. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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  10. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    WOW! OH MY YES!!
    Most unusual face and features and appears spot on. IMO
     
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  11. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Oh wait. Nevermind.
    I thought that was a side by side.
     
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  12. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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  13. Takeitfromme

    Takeitfromme Professional Journalist/News Reporter

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  14. patsella

    patsella Bronze Member

    That is very good news. I hope she is ID'd soon and have her name back.
     
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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Williamson County officials make headway in 1979 'orange socks' cold case

    The Williamson County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday announced a new discovery in the 1979 "orange socks" cold case.

    Sheriff Robert Chody said that preliminary forensic evidence testing on DNA found on the victim's socks revealed two or more male contributors.

    He said it is unknown how much or if the quantity of the other contributors' DNA is sufficient for further testing, as they are still in the preliminary testing stages.

    The sheriff also said the DNA is still being processed to separate the contributors and generate possible profiles.

    https://www.kvue.com/article/news/c...GJjaAyHaetLI8EsUEen0AT7mGEd8CQ86TwMVuf_vEnY4w
     
  16. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Oh wow! Two contributors and they could still pull it. That's great news.
     
  17. GarAndMo49

    GarAndMo49 Not A Sheeple

    Ok, bear with me here- in 1977 through the summer (IIRC) of '79 I was working as a medical assistant & going thru EMT school in Waco, TX, which is on I35 about 90 miles north of Austin. I lived in a little town a few miles out of Waco with my boyfriend, who owned a pizza place and a small clothing store- I occasionally helped out at both places. Well, my boyfriend knew a lot of people, including cops. I met a cop through him, and this cop knew I was in EMT school, so he decided to "test" me. He brought in some photos of a deceased girl found along I35- and I'd almost swear it was "orange socks", because the photo posted in this thread looks exactly like one of the photos he showed me (I guess he thought I'd freak out or something). And these were the only crime scene photos I was ever shown (besides older ones in classes- none on a highway). I remember this cop told me they thought she'd been the victim of a serial killer (Lucas wasn't mentioned- I know he "confessed" to a bunch of murders he didn't commit). I think he said there had been other victims found along I35, but I can't swear to it. But- the timing is off, because I moved to California in the summer of '79- maybe late summer, but I don't think it was at the end of October. Does anyone know if there were any other girls/women found along I35 during the 70's?
    Sorry I'm not contributing much, but I'm sure I saw that photo, or one very, very similar- and I remember the orange socks, too.
    Thanks for any replies!
     
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  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Couldn't find any others on NamUs for the timeline and area you mentioned.
     
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  19. GarAndMo49

    GarAndMo49 Not A Sheeple

    Thanks SWMNBN!
     
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  20. Jason Futch

    Jason Futch TCCF Host, King of the Highway

    As I was doing some research for her upcoming episode of TCCF, I found these newspaper clippings from the Austin paper. Some of these are just snippets from a bigger article that pertain to related cases, but to keep the topic on point, snipped out portions involving Orange Socks.

    Orange Socks Jane Doe Clippings 1.jpg Orange Socks Jane Doe CLipping 2.jpg Orange Socks Jane Doe Clipping 3 to ppair with photo #2.jpg
     
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