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MURDERED: Debra Jackson (Orange Socks Doe)

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True Crime

4.7352.7K Ratings

🗓️ 13 September 2021

⏱️ 41 minutes

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For decades after she was mysteriously murdered and left on the side of a busy interstate, she was known only as Orange Socks Doe. But after years of investigations, law enforcement learns that her case may be even more complicated than they first thought.

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0:00.0

Hi, Crime Junkies. I'm your host, Ashley Flowers, and I'm Britt.

0:04.6

And today, I want to tell you the story of a woman who had almost everything taken from

0:10.2

her, even her name. The only thing left behind was a distinctive clue that became a symbol

0:16.6

of her life, a symbol of her brutal death, and the decades-long fight to restore her

0:22.0

identity and finally see justice done. This is the story of Deborah Jackson, or, as the

0:29.8

world knew her for many years, the orange socks do.

0:59.8

On October 31st, 1979, on Interstate 35, which runs through central Texas, just north

1:12.8

of Georgetown, two men are driving down the highway when they look out their window and

1:18.1

see something strange. It looks like a naked woman lying in a drainage ditch under an

1:25.0

overpass with a guardrail up top, but their minds won't even let them go there. The two

1:31.0

guys share a look, and they're both thinking the same thing. It's Halloween. If there

1:35.6

was a day when someone's mind is going to play tricks on them and conjure up something

1:39.5

creepy, it's probably going to be today on Halloween, right? But as they drive by again

1:46.2

to check, the terrifying reality starts to sink in, and they're forced to face the truth,

1:52.9

because right there, sprawled on her side face down in that ditch, is in fact a woman's

1:59.4

body. The two men rush to call 911. When police get out there to the scene, they find the

2:06.3

woman's body totally naked, except for a pair of orange socks and a silver abalone ring

2:13.0

on her right middle finger. They can see some bruises and discoloration on her body, but

2:18.4

nothing to indicate right away how she died. There's also a paper towel with her body

2:23.8

that police think she was using as a homemade menstrual pad.

2:27.1

Okay, so even without visible injuries, they have to be thinking she was murdered.

2:31.2

Oh, definitely, but I mean, aside from a couple of spots of blood, there's nothing to

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