The Killing of Sherri Lynn Swalley

By Naptime Nancy

A Christmastime family road trip’s one night stop on the way to Disney World, ended in horror. John Swalley of Columbus, OH, had asked his friend, Clyde Williamson, if he and his two children could stay the night at Clyde’s place in Atlanta, GA. Swalley didn’t want to worry about running out of gas too far from a gas station on their road trip. Clyde and John had met while working at the Westinghouse Electric Company plant in Mansfield, Ohio. When they reached the Pace Setters apartment complex, John’s eleven year old daughter, Sherri Lynn Swalley, and her five year old brother were allowed to go play around the apartment complex with the other children living there. A couple of hours later, a neighbor of Clyde Williamson’s, Carolyn Ellis, was cooking up a big dinner for the guests and asked Sherri to go round up her father and Clyde for dinner around approximately 8PM. That was the last time Sherri Lynn Swalley was seen alive.

On Monday morning, Christmas Eve, 1973, Sherri Lynn’s Swalley’s body was found nude, aside from a blue sweater. The rest of her clothes were found in the woods near the apartment complex. It appeared that Sherri’s body had been drug from the woods to a more visible area, where over one hundred apartment windows had a view of her body. She had been stabbed in the chest and face and sexually assaulted. Her case remains unsolved to this day. A blurb of her death being one of Atlanta’s oldest cold cases is one of the few more recent articles about Sherri’s murder.

If you have any information at all regarding Sherri’s murder, please contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477 or the Atlanta Police Department Fugitive Unit at 404-546-4220.


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3 thoughts on “The Killing of Sherri Lynn Swalley

    • Good question! No mention from any articles. There may still be a chance that the evidence has not been resubmitted in recent years for DNA extraction from M-Vac Systems or such services.

  • A stranger or average creep would have left the body hidden in the woods. Dna asap is necessary…check the officer that “found” her( BEHIND an apartment complex on a dirt bank) the dad’s friend and the woman who sent her backgrounds or anything left that can tie these loose ends together.

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