McCaskie lived in Reno, Nevada and was working as a part-time skiing instructor at the nearby Slide Mountain ski resort when she was brutally strangled, raped, decapitated and mutilated in her Yori Avenue apartment by 18-year-old high school student Thomas Lee Bean in the early morning hours of Friday 5 April 1963. Bean was sentenced to death in the Nevada gas chamber for the murder, but was taken off death row in 1970 and remains in the Nevada State Prison. This murder was sensationalized in the 8 September 1963 issue of The National Enquirer with the frontpage headline (and a grisly photo) as: "I CUT OUT HER HEART & STOMPED ON IT".
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- "POLICE FIND HEADLESS BODY OF GIRL SKIER IN RENO". Chicago Tribune. 7 April 1963. Retrieved 2007-07-04.
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