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Stephen Kings son may have solved mystery identity The Lady of the Dunes cold case was Jaws extra

The identity of a woman murdered over 40-years-ago in an unsolved cold case in Massachusetts may be closer to being solved by Stephen King’s son, who says he believes she was an extra in Jaws.

In a bizarre twist to the long-standing murder mystery of a woman dubbed ‘The Lady of the Dunes,’ King’s son Joe Hill took to his blog with his own tantalizing theory about her possibly being in a scene in Jaws.

The still unidentified woman was found in July of 1974 with several of her teeth pulled out, she was also nearly decapitated, and her hands had been cut off, making it impossible for law enforcement to get her fingerprints.  

Police say she was likely between the ages of 25 and 30 and was five-foot-eight and weighed approximately 145 pounds.

Hill says he watches the iconic shark flick every year, and he must have watched it 25 times, but had never seen it on the big screen until its 40th anniversary in 2015.

Having just finished reading a book titled ‘The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America’s Coldest Cases,’ which focuses in on the tale of ‘The Lady of the Dunes,’ he was sitting watching Jaws in a theater when he says he believes he spotted her.

Sketch of 'The Lady of the Dunes'

Could they be the same woman? Scene from Jaws filmed likely in June of 1974 on Martha’s Vineyard a month before the woman on the right was found dead in nearby Provincetown

Stephen King's son, Joe Hill, posted his theory on his blog after watching the film on the big screen for the first time during its 40th anniversary run 

Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill, posted his theory on his blog after watching the film on the big screen for the first time during its 40th anniversary run 

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Iconic: The film is a summer legacy, and King’s son says it is his favorite film of all time 

‘Suddenly,’ he says he ‘found myself half-lunging out of my seat, prickling with gooseflesh.’ 

The geography and span-of-time line-up for the woman that flashes very briefly in the ‘July 4th – Crowd Arrives’ sequence to possibly be her. 

For one, the woman was found dead in the dunes outside of Provincetown in July of 1974, that particular scene Hill says would have likely been filmed in June, and, as Hill points out, Jaws, which was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard, is a short hop from Provincetown.

‘Lots of folks turned up to try and get a peek at the stars, or the shark, or to see if they could sneak into a shot.

‘It would be no surprise at all if a girl summering on the Cape decided to take a few days to explore the Vineyard… especially with the added bait of celebrity to draw her in.’    

The dead woman was also found with a blue bandanna, just like the extra in the scene is sporting. 

The woman that Hill believes could be her, is in the 'July 4th - Crowd Arrives' sequence- far left

The woman that Hill believes could be her, is in the ‘July 4th – Crowd Arrives’ sequence- far left

'The Lady of the Dunes' body (pictured) was found a month after Hill believes the July 4th sequence would have been filmed, which he determined would have filmed in June 

‘The Lady of the Dunes’ body (pictured) was found a month after Hill believes the July 4th sequence would have been filmed, which he determined would have filmed in June 

Joe Hill (pictured) posted the theory to his blog 

Joe Hill (pictured) posted the theory to his blog 

While Hill is excited about the possibility, he also knows it is nearly impossible to say the woman in the shot is one-in-the-same as ‘The Lady of the Dunes,’ however he implores fellow internet sleuthers and people who either were in scenes of Jaws and in and around the area when it was filmed, if they recognize her.    

‘In all the time since her death not one person has stepped forward to say, ”I saw her. I met her a few weeks before she was found. I can tell you her name.”

‘But what if we’ve all seen her? What if she’s been in front of us for decades and we just never noticed?’

‘I turn this possibility over to the greatest puzzle solving instrument humans have ever created: the Internet. Give JAWS another watch. Look for the Lady 

‘Did you spend the summer of 1974 on the Cape or on the Vineyard? Were you in JAWS? Who else was there, the day they captured you on camera? Who did you talk to between shots? What do you remember?’ 

Hill shares a shot of the cold case sketch of the woman, stating ‘This woman does not have a name.’ 

He then writes, ‘Does this one?’ sharing the image of the woman in Jaws, twice zooming in, until its as far as that old 1974 film can go before the image is almost unrecognizable as a face.

Now of course there are other theories about the ‘The Lady of the Dunes.’

One of the plausible theories is that the woman found dead was possibly from Ireland and was killed by Irish American gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger who was grooming her for sex slavery. 

Alternate theories: James 'Whitey' Bulger killed the woman, who could have been from Ireland.

Another theory was that she was escaped inmate Rory Gene Kesinger, who was never seen after she broke out of county jail- DNA later disproved that theory

Alternate theories: James ‘Whitey’ Bulger (left) killed the woman, who could have been from Ireland. Another theory was that she was escaped inmate Rory Gene Kesinger, who was never seen after she broke out of county jail- DNA later disproved that theory

He and his Winter Hill Gang were notorious for pulling out teeth and chopping off hands making it more difficult for authorities to identify them. 

That theory by Sandra Lee who wrote a novel based on her case, has the woman killed in Boston around July 4, when her body was stored in a freezer to be dumped in the dunes at a later date.

Police have also posed that she may have been an escaped inmate, Rory Gene Kesinger, 24. 

Kesinger escaped from Plymouth County House of Correction after a drug raid and kept nefarious acquaintences. 

Once she escaped she was never seen again. However that theory eventually proved false after DNA analysis was made available and authorities had taken a sample from Kesinger’s mother and found they were not a match.  



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