Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Eerie Smiley Face Murder Spree

Chris Jenkins murder connects dozens around country

"University of Minnesota college student Chris Jenkins was found in the Mississippi River in February of 2003. Minneapolis Police began investigating the case, which also caught the attention of two retired NYPD detectives. Turns out, Jenkins' death was the missing part of the puzzle for Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte. They think Jenkins connects dozens of other deaths around the country over the last decade. 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.'

'Sick Signature'

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 in, they would find something else: The symbol of a smiley face."


The choice of victims in this long string of murders is very strange. What little I can find about how they met this fate makes me think several things. First these were all athletic young men who went out partying, so if they weren't dead drunk they were lured by a person or persons using drugs or sex as provocative bait. It had to take several people to overpower each one since at the crucial moment the perpetrators had no way of knowing how much resistance they'd face. The murderers, at least one of them, have to be around the same age as the victims or they'd stand out in homogenous young crowds. They seem to have been tortured before being murdered. I'm guessing a covert psychological operation of the "Beltway Sniper" variety and I'd like to see a map of the deaths because these operations can usually form some sort of occult symbol.

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