Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it’s being sabotaged from within—and someone wants her dead.
Some interesting facts about Postmortum and Patricia Cornwell:
- Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta) is an award-winning novel and it launched Patricia Cornwell’s career.
- Postmortem is based on Richmond’s real-life “South Side Strangler” case.
- Patricia Cornwell is a former reporter and has worked in a medical examiner’s office.
Read about the Jackie Galloway murder.
The 1991 disappearance and murder of Jackie Galloway, a vibrant and social woman in Sarasota, Florida, at first stymied and then shocked investigators.
Authorities eventually discovered that Galloway’s slaying was linked to the sexual assault of a second woman in the area — and that both crimes bore strange similarities to those described in a crime thriller novel that the main suspect owned.
Here are five things you need to know about the case, which will be featured on the next episode of People Magazine Investigates, airing Monday night on Investigation Discovery.
1. Galloway Suddenly Vanished from Her Apartment
Galloway was discovered missing the afternoon of June 12, 1991, when a friend of hers (Harry Dean, an older man who she had been helping take care of) came to take her to lunch. But Dean found her apartment — an
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The story of Jackie Galloway — who suddenly disappeared in 1991 from her apartment in Sarasota, Florida — is equally a mystery and tragedy: While police quickly discovered her body, bound and bloody, it took them much longer to locate her killer and his motive.
The investigation, which is the focus of the next episode of People Magazine Investigates airing Monday, November 21, on Investigation Discovery, featured a shifting cast of possible suspects; evidence of horrific violence; a speculative link to the Gainesville Ripper serial killer, who murdered college students not far away; and a curious connection to the Patricia Cornwell thriller Postmortem about a killer called “Mr. Nobody.”
And at the center of it all was Galloway, a social butterfly who fell victim to what one close friend calls “pure evil.”
People Magazine Investigates traces the inside journey of investigators
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