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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. Jason Futch

    Jason Futch TCCF Host, King of the Highway

    Some details on the Henry Lee Lucas case and his association with the case.

    Henry Lee Lucas Orange Socks.jpg Henry Lee Lucas Orange Socks 2.jpg
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  2. Jason Futch

    Jason Futch TCCF Host, King of the Highway

  3. Jason Futch

    Jason Futch TCCF Host, King of the Highway

    Episode #10 of TCCF, Orange Socks Jane Doe, will be available Saturday at 12PM/9AM PT, right after the Dorothy Thomas episode premiers!
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  4. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Authorities in Texasare hoping a new sketch will finally help identify a cold casevictimfound naked on the side of a highway nearly four decades ago.
    The Williamson County Sheriff's Officeissued a new sketch Wednesday of a woman known only as the "Orange Socks" murder. The unidentified woman was discovered dead on Halloween of 1979 face-down in a ditch along Interstate 35 north of Georgetown, Texas.

    "Obvious victim of a homicide," Sgt. John Pokorny with the Williamson County Cold Case Unit told FOX7. "She was nude, the only thing she was wearing was orange socks, that’s how we issued her name. We have little to no leads that have been going on.”

    In the nearly 40 years since the woman was found, nobody ever claimed her body leaving authorities stumped on figuring out her identity in addition to who killed her.

    In 1982, Henry Lee Lucas confessed to picking up the woman in Oklahoma and killing her along the interstate, dumping her in Williamson County. Lucas was eventually tried for murder, convicted and sentenced to death but later recanted his confession.

    Former Williamson County District Attorney Ed Walsh told FOX7 last May that Lucas "recanted on almost all his confessions after the trial."

    "Nobody knows how many people he killed," Walsh said at the time. "He certainly didn't kill everybody he claimed to have killed."

    Lucas had confessed to committing 600 murders in more than 20 states in the 1980s, but was only sentenced to death for the Orange Socks slaying. He was already serving six life terms for nine other killings, the New York Times reported at the time.

    His case was reviewed by then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in 1998, who decided to commute his sentence to life in prison because there was evidence Lucas was in Florida at the time of the murder in addition to his recanted confession that was the only thing to link him to the slaying. Lucas ended up dying in a Texas prison in 2001.

    The department's cold case unit hopes the new sketch of “Orange Socks,” done by a forensic artist, will generate new leads in the case.

    “We’re gonna keep doing what we can to help bring a voice to her, identify her and in the end bring those responsible to justice,” Pokorny told FOX7.

    In January, Sheriff Robert Chody said that preliminary forensic evidence testing on DNA found on the victim's socks revealed two or more male contributors. The DNA was further being processed to separate the contributors and generate possible profiles, FOX7 reported at the time.

    Authorities believe that advances in DNA testing will eventually reveal who the suspects are and who the victim is, and reminded the public this week that public genealogy databases are key to helping law enforcement solve such cases.

    Pokorny told FOX7 that genealogy database sites that allow users to “opt in” or “out” of allowing law enforcement to utilize their profiles may end up making work much tougher for investigators.

    “The only way we can go through and research unidentified person to help identify them, is through those databases there’s other law enforcement databases we can research but those are more suspect driven,” he said.

    Pokorny added that sites that analyze DNA data from other fee-based genetic genealogy testing companies are what can help them finally solve this nearly 40-year-old mystery in Texas.

    Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit at 512-943-5204.
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  5. The Coffeenator

    The Coffeenator Fluent in crapanese

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  6. The Coffeenator

    The Coffeenator Fluent in crapanese

    She's been identified as Deborah Jackson (spelling?) from Abilene, Texas.
  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    BREAKING: 40 years after her death, Debra Jackson of Abilene identified as ‘Orange Socks’

    The Williamson County sheriff’s office announced Wednesday that the homicide victim found 40 years ago and known only as “Orange Socks” is Debra Jackson of Abilene who left home in 1977.

    Officials said Wednesday that Jackson left Abilene in 1977 and in 1978 went to Amarillo, where she worked at a Ramada Inn. Scars found on the lower legs of the body are consistent with scars family described from her childhood, officials said.

    Sheriff Robert Chody said it was too early to identify a suspect in her death. “I spoke to a family member,” he said. “They said, ‘We can let her rest now.’”

    Officials said the family had been looking for her and thought she had run away.

    Chody said identifying the victim was “a big deal.” “We haven’t solved the case but we solved something that (hadn’t been) done in 40 years.”

    Chody said in January that DNA in the case had been found from two or more men and that the DNA was being processed to generate possible profiles.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

  9. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    Another photo
  10. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    Timeline of Debra's movements...

    The Sheriff’s Office is now asking for the public’s assistance in finding out more information about Jackson. Deputies are particularly interested in talking to witnesses who knew Jackson’s whereabouts between the time she left her family’s home in Abilene in 1977 and her death in 1979.

    Investigators narrowed the woman’s timeline and locations over these years to roughly:
    • 1977 — Jackson was reportedly working somewhere, but it’s not yet known where.
    • 1978 — Jackson worked at a Ramada Inn — now called Camelot Inn — in Amarillo.
    • 1978 — Jackson worked at an assisted living facility in Azle, Texas
    Anyone who may have worked or come into contact with Jackson during that time is asked to call the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office cold case tip line at (512) 943-5204. You can also visit WCSO’s Cold Cases Facebook page here.
  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I'm so glad her identify has been solved! Now, to find out who killed her. It sounds like it may have been more than one person. :(
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  12. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    Yes!! :highfive:Her identity returned! Sending :praying: for her loved ones. May you finally rest in peace, Debra Jackson :candle:..:angel:
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  13. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    I think the sketch is pretty good.
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  14. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

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  15. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Yes! in fact that particular sketch is what triggered Debra's sister to call in the tip. She saw her sister in that sketch.
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