August 25 is Mia Zapata's birthday. In the male-dominated world of historical grunge, there appears to be some awareness of female music - beyond the Hole. People are remembering Mia Zapata and the Gits. And Joan Jett is one of the most significant covert advocates.
In too short of time, Zapata's flame was turned off. She was murdered in Seattle.
She was beaten, strangled, and raped in the Central District of Seattle. It is believed she encountered her attacker shortly after 2:15 a.m. Her body was not initially identified as she had no identification on her when she was found.
Zapata’s body was found with her arms out and her legs crossed, and she was placed between two Roman Catholic buildings on either side of the street. Zapata’s body was found, as Unsolved Mysteries noted, "lying face up in an almost Christ-like pose."
In "Joan Jett and the Jesus Christ Pose," I detail how Joan Jett in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent takes on the pose that Zapata was found in her (Jett's) role on that program.