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Smiley Face Murders
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Chris Jenkins was a popular student at the University of Minnesota who disappeared one night in 2003.Four months later, he was found dead in the Mississippi River. At first police thought Jenkins was just a drunk college kid who accidentally fell into the river and drowned after a night on the town.

But for two retired New York City Police detectives, Jenkins' death became the link that connected the drowning deaths of 40 young men — usually high-achieving college students — in 25 cities in 11 different states.

Detectives Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte have been tracking the suspicious drowning deaths of young men across the country ever since they investigated the death of college student Patrick McNeill, who drowned in New York City in 1997. Gannon made a promise to McNeill's parents that he would never give up on his case.

When the detectives took a look at Jenkins' death, they discovered that the position of his body and other physical evidence proved that the college student didn't drown accidentally. The cause of death on Jenkins' death certificate was changed to "homicide."

While most local investigations focus on where a body was recovered, Gannon and Duarte wanted to know where the body went into the water. If they could figure out that location, the detectives believed they'd be able to gather evidence from the actual crime scene.

In city after city, the detectives found a smiley face painted somewhere at the crime scene. The color of paint used and the size of the faces varies, but the detectives are convinced it is a sick signature claiming responsibility for the homicide.

The detectives found the smiley faces in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Gannon and Duarte also came to the surprising conclusion that more than one person is involved in the murders.

"Because there's such a wide range of states the killings are through," Gannon said today in an exclusive interview on "Good Morning America." "Besides the fact that we have multiple victims on the same night."

At the crime scene of a drowning in Michigan, Gannon and Duarte discovered grafitti that they believed was written by the killers, but were puzzled by a word they hadn't seen before.

"We found 'sinsiniwa,' which was very suspicious at the time," said Gannon.

Then the detectives found the strange word in Iowa, where they were investigating the drowning death of 24-year-old Matt Kruziki.

Bloodhounds tracked Kruziki's scent to an intersection near the Mississippi River. The detectives believe that is the location where the killers slid Kruziki's body in the water — it was at Sinsiniwa Avenue.

"We believe they were specifically leaving a clue for us or anyone who was paying attention to these drownings, that the cases were ultimately linked," Gannon said.

Paul McCabe of the FBI office in Minneapolis said the bureau investigated some of the deaths late last year and concluded that they were accidental drownings. He said an FBI behavioral analysis, requested by a Wisconsin police chief, concluded that there was probably not a serial killer at work.

McCabe said his office is not actively investigating any of the deaths but would be interested in seeing any new information that Gannon and Duarte had discovered.

Gannon said they were publicizing their conclusions now because they are looking for help.

"Right now really we're out of finances and really can't do any more on the cases. In fact, we looked at 89 cases in totality. We knocked out 30 right away and there was 19 cases that we haven't even done yet and out of those 19, they look like at least 10, 15 of those could be connected," Gannon said.

Chris Jenkins' mother, Jan, like the McNeills and other families, want answers about how their son died.

"The people that murdered Chris have murdered before him and they've also murdered people after him and those people are still at large," Jan Jenkins said.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=4738621

Did a brief search, don't think this is a dupe.
This whole case is fairly creepy. I'm expecting a hollywood writer to be bringing out a script based on all this in the near future.
What are your thoughts on the smiley face murders?

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D: that's scary, especially the smiley faces >.<
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Freeeeaky.
Posted 6/10/08
That's really creepy. Yes, I agree with you Jeebs. I can see this as a Hollywood Movie.
Posted 6/10/08
wow thats scary. T___T hmm interesting.. O__O
Posted 6/10/08
Omg. I wanna be in this movie T_T. I wanna be the detective! Lawlz.
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Yeah I was really surprised about this whole case. Seems to me that you don't see many cases like this now a days.
Who ever is/are the ring leader(s) of the serial killings must be pretty confident in their own genius.
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<--- what a weid thing for a crime signature
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theres another one something like this at where i live.. i dont know but its scary.. like last month i think.. a guy left leg was found in the sea or something and then few days later it happened again to another person and then again like 4 times i think im not sure.. but it was found in different place it was at richmond, i think downtown? im not sure.. i'll go find the article its scary.
Posted 6/10/08
another candidate for a good movie ~_~
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Posted 6/10/08
At last.
More intriguing cases are out
Posted 6/10/08
rare case eh.
hmm. it feels as though the doers of the crimes want attention.
that's why they're leaving such clues and all.
perhaps they have a sad background.
who knows.
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Joker did it!!
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Posted 6/10/08

Mina-chan4 wrote:

Joker did it!!


Lmao!
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