Wilmington John Doe (April 1973)

On the 22nd of April, 1973, dismembered body parts of a teenager/young male were found across Wilmington in California. His torso was found at Alameda Street and Henry Ford Avenue in Wilmington, and his right leg was found on the Terminal Island Freeway at Anaheim, Wilmington.

His arms were found on Terminal Island at Long Beach, and his head was found in a paper bag behind an Alpha Beta Supermarket at 7th Street and Redondo Avenue in Long Beach. His left leg was found behind Broom Hilda’s.

All of his body parts, apart from his hands, were recovered. He had died as a result of strangulation, but he had his genitals and eyelids removed whilst he was still alive.

Wilmington John Doe is described as being a white male, between the ages of 17 and 25. He stood between 5″2′ and 5″10′ and weighed between 130 – 160lbs. He had brown eyes, a mole on the right side of his neck below his ear, a very thin and fine moustache and brown hair, which was wavy and curly and about 5inches long.

It is strongly believed that John Doe was a victim of serial killer Randy Kraft, who is responsible for the murders of up to 67 young boys and men mostly in California. Randy was never convicted of this murder, but investigators are certain he was responsible due to the fact that the victim’s left leg was found behind the bar where Randy worked. Randy also kept a scorecard of his victims, and this victim is referred to as “Hawth Off Head” on his scorecard.

Do you recognise this man?

Reconstruction of John Doe. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


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