Atlanta woman stabbed 50 times, had ‘FAT’ carved into body



A 40-year-old Georgia woman found murdered alongside her dog in her local park had been stabbed at least 50 times — with the word “FAT” carved into her body, according to a disturbing autopsy report.

Katherine Janness’s body was found by her girlfriend in their local Atlanta park in July, about 100 feet away from their dead dog, Bowie, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On Friday, her autopsy revealed that she had been stabbed dozens of times — with at least 15 cuts to her head.

The word “FAT” was also cut into the skin on her chest, according to the full Fulton County Medical Examiner’s report that ruled it a homicide.

So far there have been no arrests nor suspects identified, and it was not clear why anyone would have written “FAT” on the body of the 5-foot, 5- inches tall woman who weighed 155 pounds.

Janness had a BMI of 25, the autopsy report noted of what is classified as a “normal” weight.

Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Sullivan said Janness died from “sharp force injuries of her face, neck, and torso that caused injuries of major blood vessels and internal organs.”

Katherine Janness
Katherine Janness had been stabbed at least 50 times.

Janness’ girlfriend, Emma Clark, had located the bodies using a cellphone tracking app when her partner failed to come home from walking their dog, Clark’s father, Terrell, previously told the AJC.

Terrell Clark on Friday told WSB-TV that the autopsy makes it “more important than ever that the search for her killer be a top priority” for local police and the FBI.

“The report is extremely heartbreaking to read and know the exact nature of what Katie endured in her final moments on this Earth,” he wrote in a statement.

Katherine Janness, 40, and her dog Bowie were found dead in Piedmont Park
Katherine Janness and her dog Bowie were found dead in Piedmont Park.

“Whoever is responsible is very disturbed and remains a danger to everyone’s safety. Please be vigilant and aware of your surroundings for we would hate for any family to be put through this nightmare.”

No arrests or possible suspects have been identified, the AJC said.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms previously ruled out rumors it might be the work of a serial killer, and also stressed that there was no suggestion it had been a hate crime.

Authorities are searching for the person who fatally stabbed a woman who was walking her dog in Piedmont Park, one of Atlanta's most popular parks, Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Katherine Janness had at least 15 cuts to her head.
AP Photo/R.J. Rico

“This does not fit the description of anything that we’ve seen,” Bottoms said, according to the local paper.

Clark called Janness “the love of my life” and their dog, Bowie, “the sweetest most loyal companion” in a fundraiser that collected nearly $80,000 after the murders.

Janness “was the most intelligent, kind, humble, and beautiful person I have ever known. I wanted to spend every second with her,” Clark wrote.

“My heart is so very broken, my world will never be the same.”


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