the lady of dunes
Thousands of deceased John and Jane Does are found and never identified, but one of the most famous examples is a woman known only as “Lady of the Dunes.” On July 26, 1974, the naked decomposed body of a young female was discovered at the Race Point dunes near Provincetown, Massachusetts. The left side of her skull had been bludgeoned, and her throat was slashed all the way to her spine.The victim’s hands and some of her teeth were removed in a presumed attempt to prevent identification. She was also lying on top of a beach towel with a bandana and pair of jeans being used as a pillow beneath her head. Her age was believed to be between 20 and 40 years old. There is some speculation that the unidentified woman might have been Rory Gene Kissinger, a 25-year-old criminal who escaped from jail in 1974 after being arrested in a drug raid.One possible suspect in the woman’s death is notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who was one of the world’s most wanted fugitives before his capture in 2011. Bulger was known to frequent the Provincetown area, and eyewitness reports placed him with a woman resembling the Lady of the Dunes in 1974. Bulger was also known for removing the teeth of his murder victims to prevent identification. There is some speculation that the Lady of the Dunes was a prostitute Bulger had picked up, but if she is Rory Gene Kissinger, one theory is that Bulger had her killed to prevent her from snitching about criminal activities. Thus far, there is no definitive evidence connecting Bulger to the crime, and since DNA samples for Kissinger do not exist, she has never been conclusively identified as the Lady of the Dunes.