Who is it that can tell me who I am? – William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act 1, Scene 4


Molly- a true crime analysis is my experimental graphic novel originally workshopped online in weekly instalments between January 15, 2017 and January 13, 2018.  I call this online version the third draft.  My work is based on extensive research, interviews and published accounts.  I use mainly primary and secondary sources in order to build the story.  I have attempted to stick to the facts in the text and avoid assumptions, yet draw conclusions from the circumstantial evidence.  Visual scenes have been created for the purposes of dramatization.  This is a work of creative non-fiction inspired by true facts, physical evidence and historical research.  In the end, this is my artistic interpretation and nothing more than that.  – Katarina Thorsen

Table of Contents:

PART 1A The Crime Sketchbook 

PART 1B The Headlines, 1953 plus FULL TRANSCRIPT of news articles, 1953

PART 2A Why Me? 

PART 2B A Child is Born 

PART 3A The DNA, 1998 plus TRANSCRIPT of Dr. David Sweet Interview 

PART 3B Norah 

PART 4A Lipstick Liz 

PART 4B Pier 21- the Passenger List 

PART 5A The Crime Scene, 1953 

PART 5B To Alberta, 1929 

PART 6A Physical Evidence: the List 

PART 6B A Dialogue with Molly

PART 7A A Fur Coat 

PART 7B The Button 

PART 8A A Child’s Shoe 

PART 8B Adolescence 

PART 9A Nature’s Law 

PART 9B Aftereffects 

PART 10A Tartan 

PART 10B Joseph 

PART 11A Joseph’s File 

PART 11B My Lead 

PART 12A The Archives 

PART 12B Anam Cara 

PART 13A Putting Flesh to Bone 

PART 13B Reconstructing Molly

PART 14A Molly Was “So Perfect” 

PART 14B Young Adult 

PART 15A Forensic Taphonomy 

PART 15B Wounds 

PART 16A The Letters 

PART 16B Boeing 

PART 17A Tuberculosis 

PART 17B Filicide

PART 18A Suicide (by proxy) 

PART 18B The Eyewitness 

PART 19A A Molly from Alberta

PART 19B Autopsy 


Sacred Sunday


PART 20A Molly’s Last Address 

70 Years Ago

PART 20B The Bus

PART 21 The Police Report

PART 22 Intertwined

PART 23 Epilogue

Come back to me, Molly


© Katarina Thorsen 2019

Video by Julian Bowers

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