Disturbing new details have emerged in the brutal stabbing death of a 40-year-old Atlanta woman.
Katherine "Katie" Janness was brutally stabbed and dismembered inside Piedmont Park while walking her dog Bowie Tuesday evening.
Police say Janness died from multiple stab wounds and parts of her body were missing from the "gruesome" crime scene.
According to a Channel 2 Action News reporter, a homophobic slur was scrawled on Janness' body.
Atlanta police have denied the reporter's claim that the information came from a confidential police source.
Still, the FBI is investigating the case as a possible federal hate crime against a member of the LGBT+ community.
Janness' family is "distraught" over the disturbing new details.
NEW: "This person is a monster.
This person is the worst monster.
Whoever did this is the worst monster." The family of Katie Janness telling me today that they're distraught over disturbing new details they're learning in the murder investigation. pic.twitter.com/K7EKF6sg7h
— Hayley Mason (@HayleyMasonTV) July 30, 2021
A GoFundMe page raised over $61,000 in donations for Janness' funeral.
Police are not ruling out a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta.
Janness was the second woman killed in Atlanta area parks in 24 hours.
Tori Lang, 18, was shot to death inside Yellow River Park in Gwinnett County on Tuesday, July 27. Her body was found under a tree around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. There are no suspects in her murder.
A GofundMe set up by Lang's family has raised nearly $10,000 for funeral expenses.
According to 11Alive News, 43-year-old Patrick Boland, an openly ghey man, was found stabbed to death in Piedmont Park around 1:30 a.m. on May 28, 2009. There were no arrests in his case.