The Jane Doe is a large speakeasy located underneath a New York cemetery.
Due to its location and interior design (it's decorated with "frightening ornaments befitting a mausoleum" and has a 'vampiric atmosphere), few people frequent the establishment. The owner doesn't do much to help attract customers: he dresses in black, and his face is covered in scars. He keeps a shotgun and a gigantic hand axe on prominent display behind him so as to discourage robbers.
Most of the patrons who drink at the bar are likely newcomers, since they tend to wear similar expressions implying "I picked the wrong speako to drink in today." The rest of the clientele look as terrifying as the owner...or worse.
In the story Edit
In January 1932, Lebreau Fermet Viralesque contacts an actor and informs him that he is a playwright in the midst of writing a script. Needing outside help, he would like the actor to ad-lib a certain scene with another actor, whom Fermet has already contacted. Essentially, the two will be given a premise and have to ad-lib a realistic conversation based off it. The actor agrees to play the role of a Daily Days reporter, and contacts the other 'actor' requesting an interview with him. The 'actor' - Upham - accepts.
The actor and Upham meet at an unknown location (perhaps the speakeasy) and Upham (who believes this to be a real interview with a real reporter) relates the story of how he boarded the Flying Pussyfoot with his fellow Lemures with the intention of hijacking the train - and their conversation ends with Upham explaining how he was caught and tied by 'those delinquents' (which were Jacuzzi Splot and his friends). Fermet listens to their conversation from a nearby table (unbeknownst to Upham).
The next day, the actor and Upham meet at the Jane Doe speakeasy, and Upham continues his story from where he left off (Fermet again listens to the conversation from a nearby table). Upham recalls how he'd betrayed the would be traitor-Lemure Nader Schasschule to Goose Perkins, and how he'd witnessed "Master Huey's" regeneration with his own eyes. Digression over, he returns to his tale of the Flying Pussyfoot and how he'd met two immortals aboard the train. The first one -- Elmer C. Albatross had untied him from his bindings and forgave Nader after he pressed a knife to his throat. Nader and Elmer then went to the conductor's compartment, where the second immortal (who was actually Fermet) came across them and stabbed Upham for being in his way.
Elmer and the second immortal had tussled, and Elmer had pushed Fermet off the car balcony and onto the rail tracks; Upham saved Elmer before the second immortal could drag him down too.
Ten minutes pass after the interview is finished and Upham leaves. Finally, the actor and Fermet talk about his performance, and the actor thanks Fermet for the acting opportunity. As the two prepare to leave (and discuss payment elsewhere), the actor asks for Fermet's name. Fermet lies and introduces himself as Victor Talbot.
That August, Graham Specter and his gang, Shaft, and Elmer visit Jane Doe after Graham finds a kindred spirit in Elmer. There, Graham laughingly compliments the speakeasy for its creepiness and how its owner doesn't look human. He calls the gloominess a "perfect antidote to the poison of this material world" and praises the speakeasy's booze (except - and he's aware of this - the booze they gave him they purposefully distilled to a thousandth of its original strength). Raz Smith eventually enters the bar and asks for 'his usual' (see Trivia), and Graham is delighted to have run into one of his idols.
Later in the month, reporter Carl Digness visits 'Jane Doe' intending to talk to Graham and his gang once more (they speak at a speakeasy earlier in the novel, but it is unclear whether or not the speakeasy was Jane Doe). When he enters the speakeasy, he finds Graham ranting at Shaft while Raz Smith and Mark Wilmans (Smith's new apprentice) sit in a corner nearby. Once Smith leaves his seat, Carl speaks to Mark and tells him that if he's ever sick of his situation, he should come find him at the Daily Days - where Carl will be happy to teach him about the basics of reporting.
- The term 'Jane Doe' is a common name used for unidentified female corpses. The male counterpart is 'John Doe.'
- The speakeasy has appeared twice so far, in 1931: Another Junk Railroad - Special Express Episode and 1932 ~ Summer: Man in the Killer. It is introduced with the same background paragraphs.
- Raz Smith appears to be a regular - or at least a semi-regular - customer at the speako since the bartender knows his usual drink (a cocktail).
- The bartender/owner coldly tells him to not be so stuck-up, considering that he hasn't visited the speakeasy in over half a year (Smith was recovering in the hospital).