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NYPD: No Leads in Career Girl Slayings

Aug. 30, 1963 - New York Chief of Detectives Lawrence McKearney admitted today the police had no leads to the identity of the knife slayer of two young women in their Manhattan apartment Wednesday. Phone calls from the public to a special police number at the East 104th Street police station — SA 2-4448 — had come inm by the hundreds, McKearney said, but had not proved “especially helpful.” Everyone, it seemed, had a theory. Nobody, it seemed, had facts. Funeral services will be held today for one of the victims, 21-year-old Janice Wylie (left). The body of the other girl, Emily Hoffert (right), 23, is being released by the medical examiner’s office for shipment to her home city, Minneapolis. Dr. Milton Helpern, chief medical examiner, described the slayings as “the work of a maniac.” Autopsies showed that Miss Wylie died of multiple stab wounds of the neck, windpipe, carotid artery, and jugular vein. Neither had been sexually molested. Both had been stabbed time and again after they were dead. Newsweek magazine, where Miss Wylie had been employed in the research department, offered a $10,000 reward today for information leading to the arrest and conviction “of the murderer or murderers.” Funeral services for Miss Wylie will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Brick Presbyterian Church, 91st St. and Park Ave. Dr. Helpern said he would release the body of Miss Hoffert to the Campbell funeral home, 81st St. and Park Ave., for shipment to her hometown, Minneapolis, for burial.


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