Sonja McCaskie -While much of America was still in shock from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, word began to spread that the first female gold medalist at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California had been found murdered near her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While police had some leads, they never caught Sonja McCaskie’s killer, and the case quickly went cold. Fifty years later, new evidence has surfaced suggesting that Sonja McCaskie might not have been as innocent as everyone thought she was…
A Brief Overview
Sonja McCaskie was an American skier and member of the US Olympics team. She had a promising skiing career ahead, but it was cut short on December 29th, 1963 when she was murdered in California. She was found in a ravine near her home with her pants pulled down to her ankles and a sock in her mouth. It is still unknown who killed Sonja and why they did it. One theory is that she may have been raped before being killed because there were no signs of struggle at the scene, which would lead one to believe she wasn’t expecting the attack.
Some other things of note are the socks stuffed in her mouth and the reason for her clothes coming off: to make identification difficult if the killer went back and took them away later. If this is true, then whoever killed Sonja must not have wanted someone else finding out about what happened – either she knew the person or this could be classified as femicide. The question remains unanswered as to who killed Sonja McCaskie, but one thing is clear: whoever it was needed very little time and resources to do so – two things that should leave us all feeling unsettled.
What’s the Best Evidence?
It’s been 50 years, but the murder of Sonja McCaskie is still unsolved. The mystery behind her death still remains. Was it suicide? Was it a homicide? How do we know what really happened on that fateful day? There are many theories and opinions, but there is no definitive answer. Though we may never know what really happened to her, here are the facts that have come to light over the last 50 years:
-Sonja was a competitive skier from New Zealand who had just won gold in Downhill Skiing at the 1960 Winter Olympics for women in both slalom and giant slalom events.
What Questions Are Still Unanswered?
Sonja McCaskie was a world-class downhill skier and member of the US Ski Team in 1963. She was murdered on the day before she competed in the World Championship. The mystery that surrounds her death has never been solved and to this day, many questions are still unanswered. Who would want to kill such a young and promising athlete? What could have been the motive? Why did it happen on the eve of her race? This tragic story is one that will be retold for decades to come.
My Favorite Documentaries About This Case (So Far)
In 1963, British skier Sonja McCaskie was murdered in the Swiss Alps. Her death has never been solved, and her family is still looking for answers about what happened to her. I’ve been following the story for years now, and these are some of my favorite documentaries about the case so far. *The Death of an Olympian: The Story of Sonja McCaskie (1988) *Sonnie’s Daughter (2008) *Who Killed My Sister? *Sonja’s Sister Sara Marie Fox-McCaskie Is Still Searching For Answers
*Did the Abductors Take a Woman or a Man?
*I Knew You Once;
*What Really Happened to Sonja McCaskie?
Where Can I Find Out More Information?
In 1963, Sonja McCaskie was an up-and-coming slalom skier from a small town in the Pacific Northwest. She had just won the U.S. national championship and was preparing to go to the World Championships in Switzerland when she mysteriously disappeared. Her body was found two months later on a logging road off Highway 410 near Snoqualmie Pass in King County, Washington. The murder remains unsolved to this day, but there are some interesting facts that you might not know about her disappearance and death, as well as how it impacted all future slalom ski competitions in North America for decades to come.
- The murder remains unsolved even today despite being one of the most notorious crimes in Washington state history. There were no suspects ever named nor any strong leads or evidence uncovered in the aftermath. And while it seems like most people have forgotten about this story after 50 years, I can’t help but wonder what happened to Sonja McCaskie and who could have been responsible for such a heinous crime.*
- There were three possible motives considered: Money (perhaps an attempted robbery), revenge, or insanity.*
- As far as money goes, if someone wanted money then they would’ve taken something valuable with them – like her suitcase or car keys – instead of leaving them behind on the side of the road next to her dead body.