When an Atlanta woman goes for a late-night walk in a popular park, she’s killed in one of the most shockingly-violent assaults the city has ever seen. Investigators work to identify a killer whose actions reveal a truly twisted psyche in this episode of Last Seen Alive.

Sources used to research this episode:

Autopsy Report Says Atlanta Woman Was Stabbed 50 Times and Had the Letters ‘F,’ ‘A,’ ‘T’ Carved into Her Chest (K.C. Baker / People.com)

Woman Killed at Piedmont Park Remembered as Intelligent, Gentle, Kind (Alexis Stevens / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Woman Killed With Dog In Atlanta Was Stabbed 50 Times, Had ‘F A T’ Carved on Chest (Megan Carpenter / Oxygen.com)

Piedmont Park murder: Autopsy Report Reveals Gruesome Details in Katie Janness’ Death (Elizabeth Nouryeh-Clay / Northside Neighbor)

An LGBTQ Woman and Her Pitbull Were Stabbed to Death in a ‘Gruesome’ Murder in Atlanta. Now the FBI Is Involved (Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime)

Katherine Janness’ Autopsy Report (Office of the Fulton County Medical Examiner)

Difference Between Lacerated, Stab and Incised Wounds (Forensic Yard)

Police Release 911 Call Made by Piedmont Park Stabbing Victim’s Girlfriend (Shaddi Abusaid / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

If you know anything about the murder of Katie Janness, please call the Atlanta Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 404-546-4235.


  1. This case was very shocking. I live 8 mins away from the park and I use to walk my German Shepherd dog at night and when that happened I stopped walking my dogs at night. It was way to scary. But what I never mentioned was that a few days after Katie’s accident I was walking my dog early morning and I noticed a homeless Asian man walking on the side walk and yelling and talking very angrily and almost violent. I noticed he started walking towards my dog and I and he was yelling something but all I could understand was “dog” so I turned around and went back into my building and went around the other side of the building to walk my dog there and shockingly he had walked around the building and he was still violently talking in whatever language he spoke. Really creeped me out because of Katie’s case. I regret not reporting it.


    1. Hi Daisy,

      What a scary experience! I wouldn’t want to walk my dog at night anymore either if I were in your shoes. I’m glad you were able to come away from the experience unharmed.

      In my opinion, you could still let Atlanta PD know what you experienced if you wish. I don’t know if it would help the investigation, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt it.

      Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your experience.



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