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Mystery murder victim shows up in 'Jaws'

August 8, 2018 | Comment icon 10 comments



Could the movie Jaws help to solve a murder mystery ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Hermanus Backpackers
An unidentified woman who was murdered back in 1974 has been spotted in a scene in the hit Spielberg movie.
The body of the victim, who was believed to have been in her 30s, was discovered by a teenager walking her dog in sand dunes near Provincetown, Massachusetts, in July 1974.

Despite an investigation spanning 40 years, the mystery of who she was and who it was that ended her life continues to remain one of the most enduring unsolved murder cases in US history.

In a bizarre twist however, writer Joe Hill - son of legendary horror novelist Stephen King - believes that he may have found a new clue that could help authorities solve the case once and for all.

Hill maintains that the mystery woman, who has come to be known as "The Lady of the Dunes", appears in a scene in the 1974 monster movie Jaws.

She is the woman with the blue head scarf that appears in a crowded scene 54 minutes in to the film.
Hill only noticed her after viewing a 40th anniversary screening of the movie in the cinema.

Intriguingly, the scene was filmed in Cape Cod during the same summer the woman was killed.

"The idea that this cold-case murder could somehow be solved right (from) the big screen... well it's an intriguing and enticing possibility," film buff Mark Ramsey told USA Today.

"How cool would that be if a movie and a podcast about the movie could lead to the reopening of a cold case and a possibility to solve that ancient case?"



Source: USA Today | Comments (10)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by ouija ouija 4 years ago
Hmm, looking at the two photos, I don't think you could say they are definitely of the same woman.
Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
Jeeze thats one heck of a long shot, unless he knows something no one else does.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Not A Rockstar 4 years ago
This is startling, if true. I mean, it COULD be her. Some people really have a gift for remembering faces, so perhaps he did spot her as an extra. Just the odds against it are astronomical I'd think.
Comment icon #4 Posted by evalha 4 years ago
gimme a break...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Liquid Gardens 4 years ago
I had read another article on this and it had mentioned that they found a blue headscarf near the body, not sure if that was true. Still a long shot if so.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Not A Rockstar 4 years ago
Yeah, same here. Maybe it is like the lotto and odds or not someone wins. Maybe it is her, maybe not. If they can even track extras paid to identify the woman... this might be one of those claims never able to be proven.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Liquid Gardens 4 years ago
Yea, I read in this situation it's even more difficult because she wasn't an extra, the shot she is in is just a general crowd shot in the Cape Cod area where they filmed Jaws, the people there may not have even known they were being filmed.
Comment icon #8 Posted by acute 4 years ago
Do I need to Brillo my eyeballs or something? These two women don't even look similar!
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer 4 years ago
Isn't the one picture a computer generated approximation of the dead woman's face? The records of the movie should be around somewhere with the extras' names or at least the agency they were hired from. If they were hired from a cattle call, the checks had to go to someone. I know 40 years is a long time, but it's no less of a long shot. Are there any unsolved missing persons cases out there that fit the bodies' deion? The case is far from being solved unless the hiring info is still on file.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hawken 4 years ago
Surely there are records around the Cape Cod area of women gone missing in that year.


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