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    MD - Carolyn Wasilewski, 14, Baltimore, 8 Nov 1954

    I do apologise if this topic has already been posted. I remember hearing about a murder that took place in the 1950's in Baltimore, and it was of a 14 year old girl. I think her first name may have been "Lana" or "Alana". As far as I know it is unsolved, I may be wrong, but does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about? I don't know any other details, and sorry if this is the wrong place to post this.

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    Sorry everyone, I totally got the name wrong. I don't know, must have been getting mixed up with a different case. The girls name was actually Caroline Wells aka "Peaches" . I hope this time I got it right. Does this make anymore sense now? Thanks=)

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    Quote Originally Posted by coco View Post
    Sorry everyone, I totally got the name wrong. I don't know, must have been getting mixed up with a different case. The girls name was actually Caroline Wells aka "Peaches" . I hope this time I got it right. Does this make anymore sense now? Thanks=)
    No wonder I spent two hours digging in vain


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    1950s unsolved murder 14 yr old Carolyn Wasilewski

    Her name is Carolyn Wasilewski and was a fellow student in high school. I never talked to her, but noticed her since she was, I thought then, very pretty, and dressed a little flashy. She was what we termed then, a "drapette," someone who would date "The Fonz." I only saw her in class, and she never spoke. The class was shocked to hear of her murder. Here is the most recent news about the case that I could find: In the Baltimore Sun Features section:
    FEATURES
    Slaying of student remains mystery
    By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2000
    In his column last week, Jacques Kelly referred to the 1954 murder of Carolyn Wasilewski, the 14-year-old Morrell Park resident whose battered and partially nude body was found on the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks beneath the old Belvedere Avenue bridge, now Northern Parkway. Today, while File No. 1625 marked "Carolyn Loretta Wasilewski" still sits in the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit, unsolved, little remains of the once semi-rural nature of the crime scene. The spidery two-lane iron bridge was replaced by a four-lane concrete one spanning the Jones Falls Valley.

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    Thanks very much for that Lapsang. Do you recall if there was any main suspects?

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    i grew up hearing this story from my grandmother. she went to school with her and knew her. as i got older i looked into it and found a few things online and also had some stuff sent from the library but it wasnt much. its a shame of what happen to her

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    Carolyn Wasilewski was my wife's Aunt. She obviously never met her,but we all feel an obligation to keep her name alive somehow. Her case has never been solved and sadly will probably never be. One of our family's peeves about the investigation was how it was described by the media and police. They were quick to label her a ''drapette'' to describe her way of dress. As if her wardrobe made her less of a citizen or in someway white trash. We cannot say if the investigators were influenced by this or not. We certainly hope not. Anyone with any information or even an old memory, even if faint please let her family know ,as we miss her terribly. Thanks Jim R.

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    Reminds me of Jeanne French, the woman who was stripped nude and stomped to death in 1947 Los Angeles. Her killer wrote "Tex", among other things, on her body in lipstick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Hood View Post
    From the Spokane Daily Chronicle, 11/11/54: "Police also questioned but released a man charged in a carnal knowledge case involving one of Carolyn's girl friends and in which Carolyn testified November 1." (bbm) A week before her murder, Carolyn testified against a man accused of a sex crime against her friendócoincidence? I would love to know more about the trial and the accused!


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    Palm Beach Post 11/13/54, "Police Hunt Man Who Knew Murdered Girl"

    Police investigating the murder of 14-year-old Carolyn Wasilewski today hunted a man they said knew the girl and two-tone car similar to one reported seen near the spot where Carolyn's body was found.

    A Baltimore County fireman said he saw such a car on the Belvedere Ave. bridge the night before the girl's body was found on railroad tracks under the bridge.

    Lt. Charles F. Morris said he saw a car parked on the bridge with its lights out at 11:40 pm last Monday. An autopsy report fixed the time of the girl's death as around 11 pm.

    Morris said the car he saw was driven by a man who sped off as Morris' car approached, the other vehicle went through a red light near the bridge. And the lieutenant said he was curious and gave chase but lost the other car.

    Police meanwhile still held a 28-year-old man for questioning and sought still a third man. Police say he is 23 years old.
    Could the man who drove the two-tone car, who "knew" Carolyn, be the man accused in the carnal knowledge case? If not, who was he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sobreebriedad View Post
    Palm Beach Post 11/13/54, "Police Hunt Man Who Knew Murdered Girl"



    Could the man who drove the two-tone car, who "knew" Carolyn, be the man accused in the carnal knowledge case? If not, who was he?
    This case is interesting because there are a number of possibilities. Obviously the guy who hanged himself in view of the train yard is suspicious. Then you have the guy she testified against, the above guy, if he's not the same as #2, plus the same guys you always have in these cases: family (unlikely but deserves mention), jilted ex-lover, angry rejected man, or even a jealous female, given that there were no signs of sexual assault.

    I would love to see what they had on the guy she testified against.

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    Interesting. Two-tone car guy and the guy who hanged himself may have been one and the same.

    https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...5,778881&hl=en

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    I just added this case to my classic list at #648. The 61st anniversary of Carolyn's murder is coming up Tuesday.
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    Her name is Carolyn Wasilewski and was a fellow student in high school. I never talked to her, but noticed her since she was, I thought then, very pretty, and dressed a little flashy. She was what we termed then, a "drapette," someone who would date "The Fonz." I only saw her in class, and she never spoke. The class was shocked to hear of her murder. Here is the most recent news about the case that I could find: In the Baltimore Sun Features section:

    Sad to hear that nobody was caught. I have to say thank you for teaching me something today. I've never heard the term "drapette" that's a new one for me.

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