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Susan Jacobson

Real Name: Susan Jacobson
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Staten Island, New York
Date: May 15, 1976


Details: On May 15, 1976, fourteen-year-old Susan Jacobson left her Staten Island home to go to a job interview at an ice cream parlor. When she didn't return for dinner, her parents, Bill and Ellen, contacted the police. The police claimed that she had probably run away with her boyfriend and refused to search for her. Two weeks later, Bill and Ellen asked psychic Dorothy Allison to help with this case.
Dorothy and her husband, Bob, went to Staten Island. She knew nothing about this case and had never met Bill and Ellen. When she arrived at their home, she asked Ellen what the numbers "2, 5, 6, 2" meant. She said that they were Susan's birthday, February 5, 1962. Dorothy then asked about the numbers "408 or 405" and found out that Susan was born at 4:05am. She asked what "Mar" meant and stated that she wanted to see Mar.
Dorothy then dropped a bombshell: she had a disturbing vision which showed that Susan had been strangled by her boyfriend. The authorities refused to work with a psychic, so Bill decided to investigate Dorothy's clues on his own. He worked with clues involving an abandoned car, letters "MAR" in red spray paint, the smell of oil, two sets of dual church steeples, two smoke stacks, swamps, and marshes. He and Ellen searched Staten Island, but were unable to figure out what they meant.
Suspects: Susan's boyfriend was considered a suspect by Dorothy.
Extra Notes: This case first aired as a part of the May 6, 1988 episode featuring psychic Dorothy Allison.
It was solved prior to the broadcast; it was profiled to demonstrate Dorothys psychic abilities.

Dempsey Hawkins

Results: Solved. Bill and Ellen continued searching until they found a place called "Downback" which had an abandoned World War I ship yard, and they found a rock that had the letters "MAR" in red spray paint. Dorothy's clues helped Bill to find the area where Susan's body would eventually be found two years later.
In 1978, three boys were out muskrat hunting in that area and found Susan's body concealed in two oil drums. From standing where it was found, a person could see two church steeples, two smoke stacks, and an abandoned car. Susan had been strangled to death and placed in the oil drum, hence the smell of oil, and then thrown into a hole with a water-filled swamp below.
Susan's boyfriend, Dempsey Hawkins, was arrested, tried, and convicted of her murder, just as Dorothy predicted. It is believed that he killed her because she wanted to end their relationship. He was sentenced to twenty-two years to life in prison and was denied parole several times. However, in 2017, he was paroled and deported from the United States to England.