Episode #74: Christine "Chris" Guenther - Murdered (1981)
Updated: Sep 28, 2022
Chris Guenther was a typical 15 year old in 1981 Pittsburgh. She attended school, she loved her Steelers, and she got sick from time to time. In October of 1981, Chris had an ear infection. She left school early to check in with her doctor before heading to a Steelers game with her family and best friend. But she would never make it to the doctor’s office or that game. After going missing that night, her family waited 5 days to learn of the discovery of her body across the county line.
CHRISTINE "CHRIS" GUENTHER
Birth: 1965 - Death: October 1981
Ethnicity: Caucasian - Sex: Female
Hometown: Peters Township, PA - Washington County
Crime Scene: Secondary location (where her body was found): near Cecil Sturgeon Road in Allegheny County (see photo below), primary location: unknown
Last Known Location Alive: Bus stop (see photo below)
Injury Description: Multiple penetrating wounds of the head and brain consistent with that of an axe or hatchet, small circular burns on wrists and abdomen thought to be from a lit cigarette
Suspect Description: Unknown
Additional Information: Christine was found on Halloween 1981, Saturday, October 31. She was fully clothed with no signs of sexual assault or bondage. She was found in the same clothing she had been wearing that Monday when she went missing.
If you have any information, please reach out to Allegheny Co Homicide at 412-473-3000.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Justice-for-Christine-Guenther-Peters-Township-Pittsburgh-PA-131435946946338/
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11/2/81: https://www.newspapers.com/image/?clipping_id=27387477&fcfToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJmcmVlLXZpZXctaWQiOjkwMDc2NDkzLCJpYXQiOjE2NTgwNjM3MzQsImV4cCI6MTY1ODE1MDEzNH0.ONZcbSSSfFeb000rm9KbYY3Rn-BFHrXDcMZorVS_wL0
PPG 7/30/82: https://www.newspapers.com/image/89811364/
PPG 11/6/11: https://www.newspapers.com/image/96442704/
Gray Hughes Investigates YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJbB3_zHmWo