John Patrick St. John

Jigsaw John
Birth Name:
John Patrick St. John
Birth Date:
February 18, 1918
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California
Death Date:
May 3, 1995
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death:
Pneumonia and pancreatic cancer
Cemetery Name:
Rose Hills Memorial Park
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
John Patrick St. John, better known as "Jigsaw John", was a Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective, renowned for his investigations of many of Los Angeles's highest-profile murder cases. St. John served 43 years as a homicide detective, beginning in 1949, when he was assigned to the Department's Homicide Division. One of his first assignments was the notorious Black Dahlia murder, a case he worked on-and-off until his retirement. The portly, slow-moving sleuth with one good eye and a gray fedora never fired his gun while investigating about 1,500 murder cases. Upon his retirement in 1993, St. John held the highest seniority on the LAPD with 51 years of service, a distinction that earned him the privilege of carrying LAPD Detective badge No. 1.

Fun Facts

Jigsaw John became an authority on serial murders and worked 12 of them including:

  • the 1950s serial killer Harvey Glatman
  • Night Stalker Richard Ramirez
  • The Hillside Stranglers
  • The Southside Slayer
  • The William Bonin Freeway Killer case

He also worked to solve:

  • Onion Fields murder
  • Cop-turned-contract murderer William Leasure
  • Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman double murder

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Rose Hills Memorial Park

3888 Workman Mill Road

Whittier, California, 90601


North America


Map of Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California
Map of Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California

Grave Location:

Valley View Lawn, Gate 17, Section 2, Lot 2124, Grave 4

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery through Gate 17 off Workman Road, drive straight up the hill to the east side of Valley View Lawn and look for 815 on the curb (near the trash can). Drive uphill and park by the very small tree. Walk downhill to the 12th row and the world famous detective is 11 markers to the left, buried with his wife.

Grave Location GPS

34.005990, -118.050260



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