Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Smiley-Face Killer(s): Myth Or Mass Murder? (this is a work in progress)

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 states over the last decade did not accidentally drown, as concluded by law enforcement agencies, but were victims of a serial killer or killers.

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Missing Teen May Have Fled In Fear Of Arrest; The Point Pleasant Register, March 16, 2001

Missing Student's Cap Only Clue To Mystery; Post-Gazette.com, April 29, 2001

Body Found In West Virginia River; wtae.com, May 24, 2001

Body Thought To Be Missing Pitt Student; The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 25, 2001

Police: No Foul Play In Hayduk's Death; wtae.com, June 7, 2001

Student' Death Accidental; The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 8, 2001


4 Minnesota College-Age Students Missing; MPR News, November 12, 2002

Search Intensifies For 4 Missing College Students; wisn.com, November 13, 2002

Fearful Parents Suspect Link After Young Adults Disappear; The Free Lance-Star, November 16, 2002

Young People Are Missing, Authorities Are Baffled; The New York Times, November 17, 2002 (1)
Young People Are Missing, Authorities Are Baffled; The New York Times, November 17, 2002 (2)
Young People Are Missing, Authorities Are Baffled; The New York Times, November 17, 2002 (3)

Families Believe Minnesotans' Disappearances Are Related; wisn.com, November 18, 2002

Family Uses Bloodhound To Search For Chris Jenkins; wisn.com, December 9, 2002

Dog Injects Hope InTo Search For Student; wisn.com, December 10, 2002


Body Of Missing Student Found In River; wisn.com, February 28, 2003

Funeral Service Planned For Chris Jenkins; wisn.com, March 3, 2003


Drownings Raise Community Debate; The Telegraph-Herald, May 12, 2004


Man Was Thrown Into River, Police Say; The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 21, 2006

Minneapolis Police Apologize, Say Student's Death A Homicide; MPR News, November 21, 2006

Serial Killer Stalking Students?; The Brainerd Dispatch, December 11, 2006


Detectives Chase 'Smiley Face' Murder Mystery; abcnews.com, April 28, 2008

Murder With A Smiley Face; Today.com, April 29, 2008 (watch video)

Police Doubt 'Smiley Face' Link In Pitt Student's Death; wtae.com, April 30, 2008 (watch video)

Family Of Missing Student Considers 'Smiley Face Killer' Connection; wptz.com, May 1, 2008

The Smiley-Face Killers; A Born-In-Minneapolis Urban Legend Takes Wing; The Minnesota Monitor, May 7, 2008


Minneapolis Murder Mystery; cbsnews.com, February 11, 2009

The Return Of The Smiley Face Killer; MinnPost.com, March 22, 2009

New Book Details Investigation Of U Student's Death; The Minnesota Daily, October 1, 2009


Body Pulled From Mississippi In La Crosse; GazetteXtra.com, February 16, 2010

'SmileyFace Killer' Theory Losing Steam; The Leader Telegram, March 7, 2010

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