Bobbie Lynn Hodges holds a photo of herself with her best friend, the woman formerly identified only as Lavender Doe.
MIranda Barnes

What It Means to Name a Forgotten Murder Victim

Thirteen years ago, a young woman was found dead in small-town Texas. She was nicknamed “Lavender Doe” for the purple shirt she was wearing. Her real identity would remain a mystery until amateur genealogists took up her case.