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  1. #1
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    Jul 2014

    NJ - West Milford, BlkMale 536UMNJ, bound, strangled off Route 23, Apr'83


    Unidentified Black Male

    The victim was discovered on April 5, 1983 in West Milford, Passaic county, New Jersey
    Estimated Date of Death: 48 hours prior to discovery
    Homicide Victim
    Vital Statistics

    Estimated age: Young
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'8"; 135 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Black "afro" hair-style, about one and a quarter inches tall. Slim build.
    Dentals: Available. Metallic bridge with open face crowns. This type of dental treatment is not commonly rendered in the United States.
    Clothing: Blue jeans and terry-cloth socks but no shirt.
    Jewelry: A small yellow signet ring with the initials J.C., worn on the left ring finger, and a black digital Casio watch on left wrist.
    Tattoos: He had a homemade tattoo --"My love"--written above a heart punctured with Cupid's arrow. (blue or black)
    Fingerprints: Available.
    Other: He is thought to be left handed because of the way the tattoo was done. From the length of his nails and circumstances of his death, he may have been homosexual. The autopsy pointed to a possible tie to the West Indies that could be related to hair texture.
    Case History
    The victim had been tied up and covered in a brown blanket. Besides evidence of strangulation, there were no other wounds.
    The victim tested negative for use of alcohol or drugs with no traces evident in his body.
    Nearby Jefferson was home to a bar patronized by homosexuals. Jefferson is accessible by Route 23, which is where the body was discovered. Police are uncertain whether John Doe was killed in West Milford or simply deposited there because of proximity to the highway and a degree of isolation.
    He had no military or criminal history as his fingerprints were not in the system.
    He might be from the Greater Paterson area.
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 11-22-2014 at 01:47 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    New England
    I have to disagree with the description of the open face crowns as rare in the US. That style of somewhat decorative crown has been quite popular among young urbanites for quite some time. It's possibly more popular with black males but I've seen it on both sexes and all races around Boston. They often add jewels or other decoration. Some of them are purely decorative and some are also functional; it sounds like that's the kind this gentleman had.

    They're usually called "grills" or "grillz" or fronts; there are other slang terms too.

    Like this: http://www.chi-grillz.com/

    This Boston.com article from 2006 indicates they were popular in the midwest and south before becoming more generally popular: http://www.boston.com/yourlife/fashi..._is/?page=full
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)

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