December 18, 1996
Annandale, Virginia
The body of an unidentified woman is found in a cemetery

The woman, who is approximated to have been in her late 50s or early 60s, was found by a groundskeeper in a section of the cemetery designated for deceased infants. She had laid a clear sheet on the ground, placed an 8-inch Christmas tree next to her, swallowed Valium with brandy, and taped a plastic bag around her head. Other personal effects were with her, including a knapsack with a Jeff Foxworthy You Might Be a Redneck cassette and a tape of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Near her body were two envelopes, one addressed to the coroner and another to the cemetery. Both envelopes contained a $50 bill and a note reading “Deceased by own hand…prefer no autopsy. Please order cremation with funds provided. Thank you, Jane Doe.”

Jane Doe’s identity remains unknown.

An artist’s rendition of how Jane Doe would have looked in life

A typed note in Jane Doe’s possession (Now I lay me down to sleep, Soon to drift to the eternal deep, And though I die and shall not wake, Sleep sweeter will be than this life I forsake)


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