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  1. #1
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    OR - Essie Jackson, 23, found strangled, Portland, 13 Feb 1983

    Portland Oregon Police Cold Case File

    On March 23, 1983, a citizen was walking along the western edge of Overlook Park at approximately 5 p.m., when he looked over the steep embankment between N Greeley Avenue and the park when he discovered what appeared to be a woman’s body. The police were called and discovered the victim, 23 year-old African-American female, Essie Jackson, had been deceased for some time. An autopsy revealed that she died as the result of being strangled.

    Essie Jackson was the mother of a young child at the time of her death. It was reported that she was an active prostitute. Essie was last seen on February 12th at approximately 10:30 pm near the intersection of NE Union (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) and Failing Street.

    "Cold case: Young mother found dead in park weeks after disappearance"


    “Evidence shows Essie was most likely on that embankment for a long period of time between her disappearance and her recovery,” said Det. Eric McDaniel, of the Portland Police Bureau's Cold Case Homicide Unit.

    “I believe somebody knows and more than one person probably knows,” said McDaniel. “I think the answers out there. I believe somebody other than the killer knows what happened to Essie. It's just that one lead we need.”

    Essie is listed on this site as a possible victim of Gary Ridgway. However, it's noted that Green River detectives have never commented on Essie's case since the time of the murder. This new article doesn't mention any connection between Essie and Ridgway.


  2. #2
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    Oct 2014
    Big break in the homicide case of Essie Jackson as well as three other victims. One man tied to four murders.

    "Police: Cold case murder suspect now connected to killing 3 women, teen girl"


    Portland police have arrested a suspect in the unsolved murders of three women and a teen girl, and they believe he could have more victims.

    A Multnomah County grand jury indicted Homer Lee Jackson, 55, on 12 aggravated murder charges. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail Friday.

    Cold case detectives say Jackson killed Angela Anderson, Essie Jackson and Tonja Harry in 1983 and Latanga Watts in 1987.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2008
    Who Dat Nation
    This is great news! I'm thrilled to be able to move this thread over to "Resolved".
    Muddy water in the street
    ; Muddy water 'round my feet... as sung by the inimitable Bessie Smith, "Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)"


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