Harvard Med Student Falls to Death.
Intoxicated Harvard Grad Student Murders 18-year-old.
Harvard Student Stabs Roommate to Death.
Back in 1990, a man entered a police station in St. Charles, Missouri, and claimed to be the next Jeffrey Dahmer. The police ignored this man, but he finally got the attention of one detective when he shared his detailed fantasies about drowning young men (Conte, 2004). A well-known profiler, Pat Brown, got involved with the case and has been monitoring this man for years. Nicknamed John Doe to avoid revealing his identity, this man reportedly wanders from town to town (McGraw, 2005). Based on her interactions with Doe, Brown believes that it is very possible that Doe, or someone like him, could be behind many of these mysterious drownings (Conte; McGraw). . .
But what if a different type of serial killer existed? What if there was someone who felt a sense of power without raping and/ or torturing victims? What if there was a serial killer who felt empowered by drowning an immobilized and sedated victim or by watching a victim struggle to stay above water and eventually drown? It just so happens that Doe is a member of a website devoted to the fetish of drowning men. . . Brown posed as a 15-year-old boy who watched his brother drown and exchanged messages with Doe on a website devoted to gay men with underwater fetishes (Conte; McGraw). She reported that during their role-playing, Doe wasn't willing to be the drowning victim, but always wanted to do the drowning (McGraw). She also reported that he enjoyed watching his victims' eyes as they drowned (Conte). Brown was able to confirm that Doe experienced sexual gratification from "watching" his victims struggle and die (McGraw). Based on her Internet encounters with Doe, Brown concluded that he was a psychopath due to his lack of feelings for the victims and capable of committing the drownings.
We are now so familiar with crime stories told through the eyes of the profiler
that it is easy to lose sight of how audacious the genre is. The traditional detective story begins with the body and centers on the detective’s search for the culprit. Leads are pursued. A net is cast, widening to encompass a bewilderingly diverse pool of suspects: the butler, the spurned lover, the embittered nephew, the shadowy European. That’s a Whodunit. In the profiling genre, the net is narrowed. The crime scene doesn’t initiate our search for the killer. It defines the killer for us. The profiler sifts through the case materials, looks off into the distance, and knows. “Generally, a psychiatrist can study a man and make a few reasonable predictions about what the man may do in the future—how he will react to such-and-such a stimulus, how he will behave in such-and-such a situation,” Brussel writes. “What I have done is reverse the terms of the prophecy. By studying a man’s deeds, I have deduced what kind of man he might be.” Look for a middle-aged Slav in a double-breasted suit.
At best, the detectives' "evidence" is shoddy. They acknowledged they are promoting their theory because they need money to pursue their investigation. They were on "Good Morning America" Monday; could a book deal be far behind?
the La Crosse Police Department noted that drowning is the third-leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S., and that men make up 90 percent of those age 15 to 24 who drown. Furthermore, the La Crosse victims all had blood-alcohol levels between 0.2 and 0.44 percent - from two-and-a-half to five-and-a-half times the legal limit.
The victims were all 19- to 23-year-old white males. They were high academic achievers and many played competitive sports, according to media accounts.
Eight college-age men have drowned in alcohol-related incidents in the city of La Crosse, Wis., in the past nine years, but local leaders are unsure what to do about a drinking culture that's as deeply ingrained as it is deadly.
The city also lies where the Black and La Crosse rivers empty into the Mississippi....the waterfront can be deadly. Investigators believe Dion fell off a levee that doubles as a pedestrian walkway and a dock for visiting paddlewheel boats. The levee had no railing, allowing him to tumble 10 feet into the frigid Mississippi.
His death brought to a head years of fears that a serial killer was stalking drunks. Police held a town meeting to reassure people, explaining that none of the victims was attacked. Investigators said the students had been drinking heavily and noted that Riverside Park is just two blocks from downtown bars.
Gannon explained, "Right now really, we're out of finances and really can't do any more on the cases.
The man first came to Brown's attention in the late 1990s, she said, when authorities in St. Charles, Missouri, contacted her. "They had this guy coming into their police station and he was extremely annoying," Brown said. "He had come in... telling them that he was going to be the next Jeffrey Dahmer."
In 5 of the 40 cases, bodies have not been found. This can also be said for the Charlotte, NC case of Kyle Fleischmann and a similar case in Duluth, GA of Justin Gaines. Both are not considered part of the 40 smiley face murders, but you have to wonder, both of them were young, good looking men who disappeared. Both had been out drinking at bars, and neither has been heard from since. I wouldn’t doubt if this goes far beyond the 40 cases and covers all states. Such a sad world we live in…
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