Anyone who lived in the Pittsburgh area in December of 1988 likely remembers hearing the news story that a severed head had been found in a Pittsburgh suburb only two days after Christmas. It was a chilling crime and coming so soon after the festive holiday season, it shook the city to its core. A few years later a similar case occurred sending more horrified shockwaves through Pittsburgh. Even more alarming, neither case was ever solved. Nearly three decades have passed and many may still remember the severed head while having forgotten exact details of this crazy unsolved murder in Pittsburgh.

(Please note: Very few photographs of Anthony Michalwoski, the victim, appear online. To avoid breaking copyright laws, links to photographs and articles from that time are included.)

Do you remember this crazy unsolved murder in Pittsburgh and the panic that ensued in the city afterwards? If so, do you think Marshall killed Michalowski or do you think the case can still be solved nearly 30 years later with few leads? Let us know in the comments below.

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