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Precious Doe

Erica Green
Born Erica Michelle Marie Green
Cause of death Murder
Body discovered Kansas City, Missouri
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
Citizenship United States

Precious Doe was a pseudonym assigned to an unidentified female corpse (presumed to be 3 to 4 years of age) discovered on April 28, 2001, in Kansas City, Missouri. The girl had been murdered and decapitated. The body was naked and the head was wrapped in a trash bag and dumped nearby. The brutality of the crime, and the fact that the child went unidentified for a long period, sparked national interest.[1] In an effort to identify the girl, police released sketches, computerized likenesses, and at least two busts depicting the victim.[2] The case was featured on the TV program America's Most Wanted several times.[3][4] On May 5, 2005, the body was identified as Erica Michelle Marie Green, age three,[5] and her mother and stepfather were charged with her murder and extradited from Oklahoma to face charges in Missouri.[6] The eight other children of Erica's mother were taken into state custody or placed with relatives.[7] On December 3, 2005, prosecutors announced that they would seek the death penalty against Erica's stepfather, Harrell Johnson.[8] Police have said that after Erica died, Harrell Johnson said he used hedge clippers to sever her head.[9] Johnson's cousin, Lawanda Driskell, said that Erica's mother helped Harrell dispose of the body by taking Erica from the house as if sleeping in a stroller and telling Driskell she had given Erica to the woman who had raised her.[9]

On October 8, 2008, Harrell Johnson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.[10]


  1. ^ Goldblatt, Jeff (2002-08-08). "Slain Mystery Girl Brings Community Together". FOX News Network.,2933,59905,00.html. Retrieved 2006-06-30.  
  2. ^ "Police Release New Bust Of 'Precious Doe'". KMBC-TV ( 2003-09-19. Retrieved 2006-06-30.  
  3. ^ "Harrell Johnson (Suspected Precious Doe Killer)". America's Most Wanted. Twentieth Century Fox Film. 2005-05-05. Retrieved 2006-06-30.  
  4. ^ "Michelle Johnson (Suspected Precious Doe Killer)". America's Most Wanted. Twentieth Century Fox Film. 2005-05-04. Retrieved 2006-06-30.  
  5. ^ "Charges In 'Precious Doe' Case". CBS Broadcasting. 2005-05-05. Retrieved 2006-06-30.  
  6. ^ "Mother, stepfather charged in 'Precious Doe' killing". Cable News Network. 2005-05-06. Retrieved 2006-06-30.  
  7. ^ Associated Press (2005-05-10). "Okla. Never Monitored 'Precious Doe' Case". (Calkins Media). Retrieved 2006-06-30.  
  8. ^ Associated Press (2005-12-03). "Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty in 'Precious Doe' Case". FOX News Network.,2933,177609,00.html. Retrieved 2006-06-30.  
  9. ^ a b Duarte Jr, Hector (2005-05-07). "Cousin of Harrell Johnson Details Final Days Of Precious Doe". All Headline News. Retrieved 2006-06-30.  
  10. ^ Gross, Andale (October 8, 2008). "Man Convicted of Murder in Mo. 'Precious Doe' Case". Associated Press, via ABC News. Retrieved 2008-12-19.  

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