Femtalities

The Unsolved Murder of Venus Xtravaganza

A thirty two year old cold case

A.W. Naves
5 min readMay 3, 2021

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Venus Xtravaganza (Photo Credit: Paris is Burning)

On a cold Christmas Day in 1988, the body of a young transgender woman was found strangled and stuffed under a bed in New York’s Duchess Hotel. A medical examiner would later determine that her body had been there for about four days before being discovered. There are few details of her case…

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