Katherine “Katie” Janness & Bowie

On July 28th, 2021, Katie Janness took her 3-year-old pit bull, Bowie, out for a walk. She entered a bar where her fiancee, Emma Clark, was working. She then left and entered Piedmont Park, in Atlanta.

When Emma got off work, she rode her bike back to the flat she shared with Katie. But neither Katie nor Bowie were home. Emma found this strange, as Katie didn’t normally take this long on her walks with Bowie. So, Emma checked Katie’s location on find my iPhone and discovered that it was idle about 100 yards inside of Piedmont Park.

Emma called and texted Katie several times. As they all went unanswered, Emma decided to head to Piedmont Park to find Katie and Bowie herself.

When Emma reached the park, she discovered Bowie lying in the middle of the cement path. Bowie had been stabbed to death.

Emma then ran over to the spot where Katie’s phone had been pinging from. It was there she discovered Katie’s lifeless body.

Katie had been stabbed more than 50 times all over her body, including her face and neck. The letters “F” “A” and “T” had also been carved into her body whilst she was still alive.

The last image of Katie and Bowie. Credit: The Independent

Katie and Bowie’s death has been ruled homicides, and they are being thoroughly investigated by the Atlanta Police Department. The FBI’s Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) has also been called to aid the investigation.

There were rumours that this had been a homophobic attack, not only due to Katie’s sexuality but also down to the fact that apparently a homophobic slur was carved into her body. There were also reports that a rainbow tattoo Katie had was violently stabbed, but these reports have not been confirmed or denied by the police, and still remain just a rumour.

Since Katie’s death, Emma started a GoFundMe and managed to raise over $79,000. Three-quarters of that were used on Katie’s funeral, and with the leftover money, she brought a new condo away from the midtown of Atlanta.

Some theorists have suggested that Emma was involved in Katie’s death, but there is no evidence to support this theory and Emma denies having any involvement with her death. Emma says she has been cooperative and helpful with the police and has asked them several times to publicly state that she is not a suspect.

Piedmont Park is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, and whilst it was around 12am when Katie was attacked, police are certain that there are some witnesses who either saw Katie and Bowie, or the person(s) responsible for their deaths at around that time.

Atlanta Police and the FBI are urging anyone who was in the Piedmont Park area at around 11:45pm – 12:00am on the 28th of July 2021 to come forward with any information they may have. Even the slightest bit of evidence could help to arrest whoever is responsible for such a horrific attack.

There is a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in Katie and Bowie’s case.

Katie and Bowie. Credit: NY Times


Unsolved, Murder, Homicide, Mystery, True Crime, Atlanta, FBI, Katie Janness, Bowie, Atlanta, Georgia, 2021, Unsolved Murder, Unsolved Homicide, Ongoing Investigation, Unsolved Crime

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