Article: Carolyn Wasilewski
Carolyn Loretta Wasilewski was a beautiful blond-haired 14-year-old girl living with her family in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a freshman at the Southern High School and was lovingly known by the nickname, Peaches to her friends.
On November 1954, Carolyn told her family that she was going out to meet her best friend,16-year-old Peggy Lamana who lived nearby. The two girls were excited because they were planning on registering for a winter dance program at the local elementary school. Carolyn left home at 6.15pm but never made it to Peggy’s house. When Carolyn didn’t return home by curfew, her family got worried and spent the night looking for her. No trace was found.
The following morning, at about 7am, an engineer on an express train travelling from Harrisburg to Baltimore when he spotted a crumpled body lying face down on the train tracks. Had this engineer not see the body and contacted the police, a commuter train traveling in the opposite direction 17 minutes later, would have hit the body and destroyed all the evidence. The police arrive and find the body to be that of Carolyn Wasilewski.
Carolyn’s body was half naked but her body showed no signs of sexual assault. She was covered in bruises and scratches. Her skull and jaw had multiple fractures and one of her fingers was also broken. But most strangely, the name ‘Paul’ was written in lipstick on her thigh. Police suspected that she was killed somewhere else and then was either thrown from a train or off a bridge following her death. The autopsy concluded that she died the previous night before 11pm.
Partway between Carolyn’s home and the train tracks where she was found, police found bloodstains in a vacant lot. Here they also found Carolyn’s shoes and a few other personal items of hers.
Police had two strong suspects but both were eventually ruled out. The first was a man that had raped one of Carolyn’s friends. Carolyn testified against this man a week before her death. He was brought in for questioning and police dismissed him, believing he had nothing to do with the crime.
The other suspect was a middle-aged man named Ralph Garret. Garret lived in the same area as Carolyn and was allegedly seen with her on the night she was murdered. Garret never returned home that night and subsequently disappeared. His car was found abandoned two days later in a neighboring town. The same day the police announce Garret as a suspect, a man found Garret’s body neat the same vacant lot where Carolyn’s personal belongings and bloodstains were found. The cause of death was suicide by hanging himself with his own belt. Police later deemed his suicide unrelated to Carolyn’s murder. According to Garret’s wife, he was extremely depressed due to the recent death of his mother.
And despite over 300 people being questioned by police, Carolyn’s murderer was never found.