Princess Doe (1982)

On the 15th of July, 1982, the body of a young woman was found in Blairstown, New Jersey. It is believed that she had died days before she was found, as her body was beginning to decompose. She had died as a result of being brutally beaten over the head with a blunt object.

The location of where Princess Doe’s body was discovered. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

Princess Doe is described as being a white female between the ages of 14 and 20, 5″2′ and weighing 100pounds. She had brown, shoulder-length hair and her left ear had been pierced twice, but it is unknown if her right ear had been pierced due to decomposition. Her nails were painted red on her right hand, she was wearing blue eyeshadow and her top two front teeth were darker than the rest. There were no drugs found in her system, though some reports claim that alcohol was found.

Princess Doe was found wearing a red t-shirt, and a gold necklace with a cross pendant was found tangled in her hair. The skirt she had been wearing was found removed from her body and placed over her legs, she was not wearing any underwear. It is unknown if she had been sexually assaulted due to the decomposition that had taken place. The skirt is described as red and white with a peacock design on the bottom portion.

The outfit Princess Doe was wearing. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

Princess Doe’s clothing was manufactured in the Mid-west US, and at least three other people have said that they brought similar clothing at a now-closed Long Island store.

A mother and child came forward after recognising the victim’s clothing and said that they had seen her at a supermarket just two days before her body was found. They described Jane Doe as wearing her hair in a bun and having a stoic facial expression.

In 1999, Arthur and Donna Kinlaw confessed to the murder of Princess Doe. Arthur and Donna ran a prostitution ring and were involved in murder, forgery, burglary, robbery and welfare fraud in seven states across the 1980s. They told authorities that Princess Doe was a young prostitute who Arthur brought home with him one day. Shortly after he left the home with her and killed her, with some reports claiming that Donna witnessed Arthur killing Princess Doe in the location where she was found. Arthur then apparently burned his clothing, cleaned his vehicle and threatened Donna not to tell the police.

Arthur was sentenced to life in prison on two other second-degree homicide charges, and Donna was convicted of manslaughter in the two cases and was released from prison in 2003. Arthur and Donna have never been charged with the murder of Princess Doe, as the police felt that they lacked credibility in this case.

Recent Isotope testing on Princess Doe revealed that she had spent time in various different locations across the US before she was murdered, with Arizona being a possible location.

It has been almost 40 years since Princess Doe’s body was discovered.

Do you know her true identity?

On the 15th of July, 2022, exactly 40 years from the day that Princess Doe was discovered, her true identity has been revealed. She was seventeen-year-old Dawn Olanick, who was originally from Long Island, New York. Arthur Kinlaw, the man who has long been suspected of murdering Princess Doe, has been charged with Dawn’s murder.

Reconstruction of Princess Doe. Eye Colour is an estimate. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Unsolved, Unsolved Crime, Jane Doe, Princess Doe, Blairstown, New Jersey, 1982, Unidentified, Unidentified Person, True Crime, Mystery, Strange, Homicide, Murder

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