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Jennifer Daugherty was a 30-year-old woman who was tortured and murdered in Greensburg, Pennsylvania in February 2010.[1]

During torture and abuse sessions, which lasted for a total of more than two days, Daugherty's attackers tied her up, forced her to consume feces and urine[2] and detergent, beat her with a towel rack, a vacuum cleaner hose, and a crutch, shaved her head, painted her face with nail polish, forced her to write a fake suicide note, and then stabbed her to death. Six suspects were charged with criminal homicide, kidnapping and other counts related to her death.[3] According to her relatives, Daugherty had the mental abilities of a 12 to 14-year-old, she trusted everyone, and she had thought that the suspects were her "friends."[4]

Allegheny County Coroner Cyril H. Wecht, who has conducted and reviewed thousands of autopsies of homicide victims, stated, "... This is one of the most horrific cases I have seen... You have one young, defenseless woman, six people who are keeping her captive and doing all of these things, knowing she is [mentally challenged]. Put it all together, it is bizarre, it is extreme barbarism."[5]


  1. ^ Feds: Pa. Torture Death Might Be Hate Crime, The New York Times, February 16, 2010
  2. ^ 6 held for trial in Greensburg torture, slaying, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 4, 2010
  3. ^ Jennifer Daugherty, Mentally Disabled Woman, Trusted Everyone, Including Her Killers, CBS News, February 16, 2010
  4. ^ Pa. family: 'Friends' torture, kill disabled woman, The Washington Post, February 13, 2010
  5. ^ How slaying victim came to know her attackers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 14, 2010

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