Star Stowe, a mother of one and former Playboy model who was named the Playmate of the Month in the February 1977 issue, was discovered dead from strangulation in March 1997 in Coral Springs, Florida, behind a pharmacy.
Stowe had wandered far from her heyday and was employed as a s*x worker in Fort Lauderdale when she was ki*lled. According to reports, she was last seen getting into a customer’s car. Her case is still open to this day. Additionally, investigators believe she may have been the victim of a serial k*iller because they have linked her death to several other cases that are similar.
“Star Stowe becomes Playmate of the Month and takes the world by storm, but the allure of the magazine draws her into a world of ab*use and addiction and ultimately leads her down a tragic path.”
Discovery of Body
On March 15, 1997, Star Stowe was last seen alive getting into a client’s car. The following afternoon, she was discovered dead from strangulation, lying facedown. Three days before her 41st birthday, her half-naked body was found on the street behind a Coral Springs Eckerd pharmacy.
Regarding Stowe’s homicide investigation, all the authorities knew was that Sandra Kay Walters, another prostitute, had also been found dead by strangulation under similar circumstances. For both investigations, there were no leads. But when a few more mur*dered female victims turned up in the neighbourhood, police began to suspect that a serial ki*ller might have been at work.
Detectives were able to connect the mur*der of Star Stowe to similar k*illings of other female s*x workers, but they ran out of leads, which put a stop to their investigation. Several people had their backgrounds checked, but no one was charged in relation to the ki*llings. To this day, Stowe’s case is unsolved.
Ellen Lousie Stowe was Star Stowe’s birth name. She grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, but in the 1970s she moved to Los Angeles, California, to follow her dreams.
She began working at a nearby strip club to help her reach her goal of becoming a professional dancer. She finally caught the attention of a Playboy scout while she was working as an exotic dancer. Soon after, her career took off.
In the 1970s, Playboy was the most prestigious men’s magazine. Stowe had the chance to meet famous people, including Hollywood A-listers, and had the chance to make friends with them. That’s how she met Gene Simmons of the band KISS. They quickly became romantically involved. Stowe posed for advertisements with KISS more than once.
Then, in February 1977, Stowe was named Playmate of the Month. She was the first Playmate in history to have a tattoo that could be seen. Her relationship with Simmons didn’t last long, though. She later married Peter Milago and had a son with him. The marriage didn’t last long, though. In 1986, she moved to Ft. Lauderdale with her son after getting divorced.
Stowe went back to exotic dancing to make money while she was in Florida. But as she got older, younger dancers often took her place, and she quickly became hooked on drugs. In the end, she turned to prostitution to support her drug habit and make ends meet.