The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Monday, April 28, 2008

Smiley Face Murders

I have to tell you, some of the most interesting cases I read aren't ones that I find while reading the news, but ones that are sent in to me. And, while this isn't the usual sex crime case- I have to say that it perked my interest a great deal. Something about the possible serial murders of around 40 young men, from various states around the US... and the possibility that the serial killings are the work of more than one person.

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

"The level of evil we are dealing with here is rampant, it's deep and it's widespread," Chris' mother Jan Jenkins told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS
where the cause of death was changed from 'undetermined' or 'drowning' to 'homicide.'

For 40 murders to have possibly occurred- if they are indeed murders and not accidental deaths as they were first believed to be- and to have never been connected before, despite most of them being tagged with a smiley face near or at the crime scene... well that's just intriguing, and downright scary.

Read the entire piece, because if this turns out to be what detectives now think it may be- it's going to be one of the most interesting criminal cases we've seen in a while... and because if it's all true- then we have serial murderers out there that we all ought to know about.

Special HatTip to Darci