- Oct 31, 2008
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Really, I wasn't aware that the scent hounds had been taken to the locations of the sightings. Do you know where that was mentioned? That puts a different spin on the witness sightings of "Joan" if correct....
But for some reason I just can't dismiss them, it seems such a coincidence that there was another woman in the area in similar clothes and with perhaps bloody that was in distress and yet never came forward or was identified.
I also wonder if said woman had mud on her legs, and not blood, whether that could have masked her scent. I'm certainly no expert but I seem to recall that mud can hide a person's scent? Or have I just made that up?
Yes, it's in the book "A Kitchen Painted in Blood". The writer is a retired attorney who was 12 and living a couple of towns away when it happened. When he retired, he went to the library and also got copies of the investigation files. There was a little more detailed information about the scent dogs than had been reported in the news media.
On October 24, 1961, Massachusetts wife and mother Joan…
Considering it was 1961, local and state LE did a pretty thorough investigation. They followed up all the tips. If you haven't read this book, give it a try, its very good.
They did take the scent hounds to, IIRC, three different locations where people reported seeing a woman who they thought was Joan. I think they did all of this on the same day, when the scent at her home was fresh. The conclusion seemed to be that she got into a car at her home/driveway and was driven away. She didn't walk down the road, nor did she get out of a car at any of the places where tipsters saw a woman who looked like her.
ETA JMO, eyewitnesses can often get things wrong. It happens. I think it's even more likely when someone sees something as they're passing someone on a roadside or highway. You're just getting a glimpse of something or someone, especially in a rearview mirror. Imaginations work overtime with news of a local woman gone missing from her bloody kitchen. The witnesses probably had good intentions and wanted to help.