When a Boston woman is found dead in the trunk of her own car, it’s initially assumed she was the victim of a random crime. However, the discovery of a diary allows the victim to speak from beyond the grave and shed light on her own murder in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Su Taraskiewicz was 27 years old when she left work to grab lunch and never returned. Shortly thereafter, she was found dead in the trunk of her own car. Family photo.
Su was the first-ever woman to hold the position of Ramp Supervisor with Northwest Airlines. She was passionate about her career, but was frequently and severely harassed by male co-workers. Family photo.
Everyone who knew Su knew she absolutely loved Snoopy. After her murder, Peanuts-creator Charles Schultz drew a custom Snoopy illustration for her gravestone. Family photo.
This polaroid was kept on-file at Su’s workplace. She worked as a Ramp Supervisor for Northwest Airlines at Logan International Airport.
Su’s body was found in the trunk of her car (pictured). She’d been severely beaten and stabbed to death. Massachusetts State Police photo.
Sources used to research this episode:
Who Killed Su Taraskiewicz? 28 Years On, Her Mother Still Vows to Get Justice: ‘I Am Not Going Away’ (Mara Mantalbano / Inside Edition)
Huge Reward Still Offered in Taraskiewicz Murder Investigation After 28 Years (Bob Ward / Boston 25 News)
28 Years After Susan Taraskiewicz Murder, State Police Determined To Solve Mystery (CBS Boston)
Susan Taraskiewicz (Mass.gov)
United States v. Brooks (United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit / caselaw.com)
29 Years After Susan Taraskiewicz’s Murder Massachusetts State Police Investigation Continues, $250,000 Reward in Effect (Michael Silvia / New Bedford Guide)
Mother Hopes Daughter’s Killer Found (Jay Lindsay / The Intelligencer)
Nuzzo v. Northwest Airlines, Inc (United States District Court, D. Massachusetts / leagle.com)
Murder Mystery: An Unsolved Slaying Of an Airline Worker Stirs Family to Action (Barbara Carton / Wall Street Journal)
Mass. Rules Against Northwest on Harassment (UPI.com)
Slay Probe Witnesses Accused of Perjury (The Boston Globe via newspapers.com)
Brawl Leads to Stabbing Arrest (Boston Globe via newspapers.com)
Northwest Settles Harassment Complaint (UPI.com)
If you know anything about the disappearance of Su Taraskiewicz, please contact the Massachusetts State Police at 508-820-2300.