Episode #58: Margaret Martin - Murdered (1938)
Updated: Nov 17, 2022
Smart, young, recent college grad Margaret Martin went missing after responding to a call for a job interview in December of 1938. She had no clue she was walking to her death at only 19 years old. Just 4 days later another 19-year old was checking his muskrat traps when he discovered something floating in the creek. Unfortunately, he had just found Margaret’s body.
Birth: 1918/19 - Death: Dec 1938
Ethnicity: Caucasian - Sex: Female
Other: According to Betty Hopkins, a former classmate,
Martin was "a shy, studious, friendly girl who had many friends."
Her parents described her as "a living saint." She was also a devout Catholic.
Hometown: Kingston, PA - Luzerne County
Crime Scene: Her body was found in a creek in the woods of Wyoming County
Last Known Location Alive: Leaving her home in Kingston, PA allegedly getting into a dark colored sedan
Injury Description: **CW GRAPHIC**
Margaret was severely abused, beaten with an object that was likely a rock, strangled and brutally raped.
It appeared as if the murdered had tried to dismember her, but had failed.
Suspect Description: sandy blond hair, late 20s-early 30s, slightly overweight, smartly dressed
Additional Information: Very shortly after her college graduation, Margaret received a call that a man wanted to set up an interview with her for a position. Allegedly, he told her that he was forming an insurance business and was in need of a secretary. She set up that interview for December 17, 1938 at Kingston Corners. She left for this interview and was never seen alive again.
Even though this is not an active case, if You have any information, no matter how small the detail please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-1800-4PA-TIPS or the Wilkes-Barre State Police at 570-697-2000