Hi Cherrymeg, Yes, Joan planned to be home for Christmas. Steve and I were there. I remember getting a pair of scrimshaw earrings that Joan had already bought me for Christmas. I cried. The heavy suitcase does stand out. For a cabbie to comment how heavy it was is unusual to me. They would have handled many heavy bags. I don't know how much of the thread you have read. The bag was not meant to carry Joan away somehow. I can only speculate what was in the man's bag. It would have been very easy to drop Eleanor and Anne back at the house before going to Newark Airport. They were actually within easy walking distance from one of the homes. George was travelling during that time. What makes most sense to me is that George had a flight that night, hence Eleanor and Anne also rode to the airport. Eleanor did not like to drive at night; Anne would have driven home. There was never any mention of going someplace else after dropping Joan off. It was fairly late and Anne had a long drive to Boston the next day. She had a 2"x4" hole that took out the right side of her skull. She was stripped of all clothing and none found in the area. Only the neck chain and ring were found on the skeleton. She was discarded in a black plastic trash bag. The blow to the head would have been instantly fatal and there would be an enormous amount of blood. Joan was buried in a natural basin in a heavily remote and wooded area. Cut logs were placed on top of the grave on two different occasions. Decomposition of the logs identify there were two layers. She probably told friends at the small cocktail parties she was going back that night. She would not have given details. She travelled alone, so someone caught up with her at the taxi line. I have heard just about everything you can imagine to explain or consider what happened to Joan. Some of it was not very pleasant to consider. I have had to develop a thick skin as I raise questions. My point is, I took the blinders off to look into her loss. Keep in mind, classmates, boyfriends, and dorm friends were her age. The man at the airport was a middle-aged white male.