Smiley Face Killers

June 22nd, 2017

SMILEY FACE KILLER THEORY 

TRUE CRIME CRITIQUE 

HOSTED BY - JEREMY RYAN 

 

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The Theory Outline:

The Smiley face murder theory (variations include Smiley face murders, Smiley face killings, Smiley face gang, and others) is a theory advanced by two retired New York City detectives, Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte, that a number of young men found dead in bodies of water across several Midwestern American states over the last decade did not accidentally drown, as concluded by law enforcement agencies, but were victims of a serial killer or killers. The term smiley face became connected to the alleged murders when it was made public that the police had discovered graffiti depicting a smiley face near locations where they think the killer dumped the bodies in at least a dozen of the cases. The response of law enforcement investigators and other experts to Gannon and Duarte's theory has been largely skeptical.

 

Gannon & Duarte Investigation:

As recently as 2008, Gannon and Duarte were examining evidence going back to the late 1990s that they believe connects the deaths of 45 college-age males, whose dead bodies were found in water in 11 states, often after leaving parties or bars where they were drinking. The men, according to the former detectives, often fit a profile of being popular, athletic, and good students, and most were white.

Gannon and Duarte have theorized that the young men were all murdered, either by an individual or by an organized group of killers. The term smiley face became connected to the alleged murders when it was made public that Gannon and Duarte had discovered graffiti depicting a smiley face near locations where they think the killer dumped the bodies in at least a dozen of the cases.

 

Reception of the Theory:

Other police forces that have investigated the deaths dispute the conclusion that the cases are linked. The La Crosse, Wisconsin police department, which was in charge of eight of the investigations, released an official statement reiterating their original conclusions that the deaths were accidental drownings of inebriated men and stating that no smiley face symbols were found in connection with any of these cases. The Center for Homicide Research in Minneapolis, Minnesota published a research brief that also attempted to scientifically refute the theory. In March 2009, Lee Gilbertson, a criminal justice faculty member at St. Cloud State University, voiced his support for the theory on an episode of Larry King Live which discussed the alleged murders.

Criminal profiler Pat Brown calls the serial killer theory "ludicrous", arguing that the evidence does not fit what is known about serial killers. Brown also believes that the smiley face images found in some of the cases are likely nothing more than coincidences based upon making a guess at where the body entered the water and searching a wide area until an example of smiley face graffiti can be found. "It's not an unusual symbol," she told Matt Smith of the Minneapolis-based newspaper City Pages. "If you look in any area five miles square, I bet you could find a smiley face."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued the following statement:

...The FBI has reviewed the information about the victims provided by two retired police detectives, who have dubbed these incidents the “Smiley Face Murders,” and interviewed an individual who provided information to the detectives. To date, we have not developed any evidence to support links between these tragic deaths or any evidence substantiating the theory that these deaths are the work of a serial killer or killers. The vast majority of these instances appear to be alcohol-related drownings. The FBI will continue to work with the local police in the affected areas to provide support as requested...

— FBI National Press Office, FBI Statement Regarding Midwest River Deaths (April 29, 2008)

Ruben Rosario of the Pioneer Press questions the motives of Kevin Gannon. He states that Gannon has failed to provide any factual evidence that a group of killers exists, and that others, like reporter Kristi Piehl (the original reporter of Gannon and Duarte's theory), and some of the parents of the young men, who were at first encouraged by Gannon, now wonder if he isn't actually hurting the families who are trying to get over the loss of a child. One of the parents, Bill Szostak, and Rosario even speculate that Gannon is out for either money or the notoriety and press attention. Another parent, Kathy Geib, is working with Piehl and others, but their main goal now is just to get police to take a compulsory second look at cases of alcohol-related drownings.

 

Check out the following sites - they both are sites pro and con theory , gives you a wide range

http://allthingscrimeblog.com/2015/02/09/the-smiley-face-killer-theory-refuses-to-die/

http://6abc.com/news/family-shane-montgomerys-cause-of-death-ruled-accidental/460549/ 
http://articles.philly.com/2015-01-06/news/57711012_1_kevin-verbrugghe-garden-state-rector-st 
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Body-of-Missing-College-Student-Shane-Montgomery-Found-286962511.html

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/jenkins 
http://footprintsattheriversedge.blogspot.com/2013/11/chris-jenkins-homicide-someone-knows.html 
http://footprintsattheriversedge.blogspot.com/2006/11/103102-christopher-jenkins-21.html 

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

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/05/06/smiley-face-killers-born-minneapolis-urban-legend-takes-wing.html 

 

Lastly, the read of the week and DOCUMENTARY (MUST WATCH!!!!!)

THE CASE OF THE DROWNING MEN: Investigating the Smiley Face Serial Murder Theory 

By Eponomus Rox 

https://www.amazon.com/CASE-DROWNING-MEN-Investigating-Smiley-ebook/dp/B0089HD4A4

 

&

SMILEY FACE KILLERS - NEW DAWN FILM DOCUMENTARY!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD3c1RSLeFo&t=238s 

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Episode 4 - PSA Delphi Girls Double Homicide Investigation

June 3rd, 2017

True Crime Critique - Hosted by Jeremy Ryan 

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Episode #004 - True Crime Critique Public Service Announcement regarding the Double Homicide of 13-year-old Abby Williams and 14-year-old Libby German

Episode Contents: Public Service Announcement regarding the current investigation status of the Delphi, Indiana Murder Investigation. In addition, my reasoning for the 4 week podcast break, and my personal struggle being diagnosed with cancer and how its made life. Lastly, podcast business of social media and podcast hosting sites announcements 

 

The Double Murder Investigation of the Delphi, Indiana girls - Case Status: Unsolved, Suspect: At large 

Outline: 

ON FEBRUARY 13 Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were dropped off near a bridge in Delphi, Indiana, at around lunchtime on Monday. The girls were supposed to meet their ride back at the bridge later on, but failed to return.

German posted a photo to her Snapchat showing Williams on the bridge (above), which was the last time either girl was seen alive. Additionally, German also recorded a short video that authorities found on her phone. In it, an unidentified man’s voice can be heard saying “down the hill.”

The recording was played several times in a press conference during an update on the double-homicide investigation. Authorities are hoping that someone may recognize the voice that German captured.

Police had previously released a photograph they hoped will help identify a man seen on Delphi Historic Trails on Monday so that they can interview him. It is unclear whether the voice belonged to the man in the photograph.

Police have said that they also want to talk to anyone who was parked at the High Bridge Trail Head on Monday afternoon.

The next day, On February 14, 2017, the bodies of Abigail "Abby" Williams and Liberty "Libby" German were discovered on a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana, after the girls had disappeared from the same trail the previous day. The murders have received significant media coverage due to the fact that a photo and audio recording of a man believed to be girls' murderer was found on the cell phone of German. Despite the photo and audio recording of the suspect being released to the public by police, and more than 16,000 tips being sent to police, no arrests have been made in the case.

True Crime Critique urges you to donate to the Delphi Indiana Girls Case Fund, its our best hope to keep the investigation alive and to continue the national hunt for a murderer of 2 innocent pre teen girls. girls who havent even started to live there lives!  The Podcast will make a donation, if you can make any type of donation to keep the case alive we encourage it! 

To make a donation to the case fund: 

You can donate through the Indiana State Police Alliance wwho established an account where people can donate to the reward fund. If you would like to donate, checks should be made payable to the Indiana State Police Alliance Foundation. Put “Delphi Reward” on the memo line and mail your donation to:

  • Indiana State Police Alliance
    1415 Shelby Street
    Indianapolis, IN, 46203

Remeber the smallest tip can put investigators one step closer to closing the case: - To report tips associated with the case 

  • Delphi Murder Tip Line at 1-844-459-5786. Tips can also be reported by emailing abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com. Police said information can be reported anonymously.

    • Due to the overwhelming tip response The line is now manned by the FBI Major Case Contact Center in Washington, D.C. Callers will have to follow a few prompts to report their information.
  • COMING SOON - EPISODE #005, SERIAL KILLER ISRAEL KEYES & EPISODE #006, THE SMILEY FACE KILLER THEORY 

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The Long Island Serial Killer (Conclusion, New Revelations)

April 29th, 2017

I've improved the podcast 100% , I think you are really going to see the improvement. We are now on twitter www.twitter.com/truecrimecrit  Also we can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/True-Crime-Critique-759948490841399/ and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/truecrimecritique. I will be developing our youtube page in the next week. While improving our podcast and researching the content for the conclusion we came across HUGE REVELATIONS In this episode. Next week we dive into the mind of a psychopath ... one of the nations most prolific serial offenders Israel Keys

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The Long Island Serial Killer: The Victimology (Known & Unknown Victims)

April 22nd, 2017

This is part 2 of our 3 part investigation into the Long Island Serial Killer. I am slowly improving on my editing skills , I hope to have it mastered by at least episode 4. Next week we premier the conclusion to the case. Follow us on twitter @truecrimecrit , and we are now available on iTunes!

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The Long Island Serial Killer (Shannan Gilbert)

April 17th, 2017

This is episode 1 of a 3 episode look into the Long Island Serial Killer. This episode goes into the night of May 1, 2010 when Shannan Gilbert responds to an outcall in the Oak Beach Community of Long Island , this was a first attempt of my podcast, each week I'm learning more and more. Thank you  for your support! 

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