Murdered Jane Doe found near Manson killings identified 46 years later

Reet Jurvetson at 18. (Photo supplied by family)

In the summer of 1969, members of the cult-like “Manson Family” committed the infamous and grizzly murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in the Hollywood hills. Months later, the unidentified body of a woman stabbed more than 150 times was discovered a few miles from the crime scene. Decades of speculation about who the woman was have come to an end with a recent announcement from Los Angeles police, though there is no new information on whether or not she was another victim of the Manson killing spree.

Known as “Jane Doe 59” since the discovery of her body, Reet Jurvetson was actually a 19-year-old from Montreal who’d only lived in L.A. a short time before her untimely death.

The 1974 book Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders, discussed a theory that Jane Doe 59 was killed to keep her silent about another murder the Manson followers were responsible for.

Los Angeles police said a new interrogation of Charles Manson, who is held in California’s Corcoran State Prison, turned up nothing relevant to the Jurvetson investigation.

“No new leads were learned,” Detective Luis Rivera told People Magazine. Though he added that they could not “rule out” the chance that Manson followers took part in the crime.

Read the full story at the New York Times.

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