Serial killer targets young college men?

Could there be a calculated, cross-country plot to kill young college men? It seems a little hard to believe, but two New York detectives say they can prove it.

The stories are the same all over the country–an athletic, intelligent, well-liked college student goes missing.Family and friends launch a massive search. Weeks or months later, the young man is discovered drowned. In more than 40 cases, the deaths are blamed on a drunken accident–except for one.

The death of Chris Jenkins in Minneapolis is the only one where the cause of death was changed from ‘undetermined’ or ‘drowning’ to ‘homicide.’

The two detectives from New York, Gannon and Duarte, have done something that no other law enforcement agency has ever done in this case — they looked at the big picture and visited each site where the young men disappeared. While most local investigations focused on where a body was recovered, Gannon and Duarte tried to figure out where the body went into the river.

City after city, when they’d find the spot where the body went into the water, they would find something else: The symbol of a smiley face. “It’s very disturbing,” Duarte said.The paint color and size of the face varies, but the detectives are convinced that it’s a sick signature the killers leave behind.

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4 Responses

  1. How terrible. My heart goes out to the families of these young men. I hope that men, like women, are careful when they leave bars alone.

    It’s a smiley face – a MARKED one with an “x” through its forehead. How terrible.

  2. How very strange…and tragic.
    It would seem that the young man is being set up by a woman, then led into a trap. Sort of like a coyote in heat will attract domestic dogs into a trap with other coyotes.
    Predator and prey.

  3. Dang. Hope they find the perps.

  4. I wonder how long this has been going on and where all the murders have taken place.

    This is terrible.

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