How eery! I just heard about a new group of serial killers- responsible for at least 40 deaths of college students (all males) throughout the U.S.
Initially, none of these cases were linked. I guess these students vanished into thin air after a night of drinking. Inevitably, their bodies would be pulled from nearby bodies of water. Investigators figured “boys will be boys”, and that they probably just fell into these various rivers/lakes after a night of too much partying.
No one originally thought to connect the crimes, as they happened all over the U.S., the cause of death didn’t really raise any initial red flags, and the victims weren’t considered high risk. They weren’t drug dealers/users, they didn’t hang out with shady people… they were just normal, all-American, middle class kids. They were bright college students. They were all white. They were athletic. Most importantly, they all drowned.
Over the course of time investigators began the task of trying to determine where these young men had actually entered the water. Many of them weren’t found for months after they disappeared, so the point of recovery generally was not the point of entrance.
That’s when the connection became clear.
Seems at each victim’s point of entry into the water, once located, there was always- and I mean always- a smiley face found. Didn’t matter where the drowning took place- so far their have been 40 deaths, with the victims found in 25 cities, 11 states, and spread over an entire decade. Regardless of the location- hundreds of miles from each other- all the deaths were tied together by these weird smiley faces.
Another creepy connection between 2 of the cases is that one of the crime scenes (in Michigan) not only had the requisite smiley face, tying it to the other drownings, but there was also a strange word nearby- “Sinsinawa”. Detectives weren’t sure it meant anything- until a few months later when they were called to another crime scene in Dubuque, Iowa.
It was another drowning, and there was a smiley face at the body’s point of entry into the water. The body was found on Sinsinawa Street.
Insane, right? Spooky as hell too. I’m even happier than ever that I’m not a middle class college-age white guy.
Investigators claim that many people are responsible for these deaths. It wouldn’t be possible for one or two people to be in so many different places at once. Some of the crimes, while hundreds of miles apart, occured on the same day. Yet detectives also realize the deaths are related. They have to be. So now we’re left with the notion that there is a gang- a gang, people- of killers on the loose throughout the country killing people.
Like a cult or something? How do they recruit? WHO are they recruiting? Fellow white men? Women? Minorities?
Well regardless this is a creepy story!
Here’s the profile of the victims, released by detectives:
White college students in their 20s
Athletic, popular and with good grades
Disappear after going out drinking at a bar
Are always found drowned in a river
Smiley face graffiti is found close to scene of crime
So hey, all you white boys out there- stay away from college, water, and alcohol. It could mean the difference between life and death!