Glenn van Norstrand would take his two Rhodesian Ridgebacks for a walk each morning on a popular track on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, New York.

It’s in an upmarket part of the borough of Queens, and the morning of April 16th, 2022, was perfect for Glenn and his pooches. He set out at 8 a.m. to take advantage of a lovely spring morning.

As they passed around the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Jackie Robinson Parkway, the dogs started getting agitated about a bag that had been dumped on the street. Glenn tried to pull them away from the Bauer-branded hockey bag, but they were insistent. So he decided to have a look inside.

At first, he thought he’d found a mannequin. “It didn’t look very fleshy,” he said later. “It was like a crash test dummy. I thought it was maybe some equipment being used for something. I didn’t think anything of it. After all, when you’re walking your dogs in New York, you come across all kinds of things.”

But when he spotted the “mannequin” had a waist, not a joint, he realised what it was. It was a woman’s body, and she’d been stabbed multiple times in what was clearly a frenzied, passionate attack…