I AM BABY GROOT
- Sep 19, 2018
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...implying that despite dumping the bodies into rivers - which will move them - the "serial killer gang" has some kind of psychic foresight into exactly where along the river the body will be when it is eventually found, which allows them to stick a smiley face on something nearby that spot ahead of time.And there were 11 smiley-face symbols spray-painted on the Roberto Clemente Bridge, the closest bridge to where James was found and where police believe he fell into the water. It was a good distance away, about 10 miles, but the investigators have discovered that the smiley-face graffiti usually appears on the first man-made structure visible from where a body is found.
According to the article,...implying that despite dumping the bodies into rivers - which will move them - the "serial killer gang" has some kind of psychic foresight into exactly where along the river the body will be when it is eventually found, which allows them to stick a smiley face on something nearby that spot ahead of time.
Not buying it, sorry. I think it's vastly more likely that people just paint smiley faces all over the damn place and if you ever die, no matter what the reason, you're probably more likely than not to die somewhere close to something that has a smiley face painted on it. And I think the same would likely hold true if we could scrutinize the list of "12 other symbols" besides smiley faces that they say are connected but they won't tell us what they are. Betcha it'll turn out to be stuff like anarchy-A symbols, peace signs, and the pentagrams and upside-down crosses that edgy high-schoolers who think they're satanists like to tag underneath bridges.
But certainly neither local police nor the FBI agree with them or, indeed, agree that all but one of the deaths they attribute to this gang are, in fact, murder.“Our critics say there is lots of smiley-face graffiti around,” Gannon said. “I’ve been on hundreds of bridges. There aren’t as many as you think. But we only include it if the other symbols specific to this group are present, too.”
And, Gilbertson added, sometimes just the other symbols are there and no smiley face.
The article heavily implies that the "four years of exhaustive efforts" by Jenkins' parents (and the Smiley Face investigators' work, natch) is what pushed the police to "finally agree" it was a homicide. But it wasn't. It had nothing to do with the parents' efforts at all; the reclassification happened because a prison inmate claimed to belong to a gang called "The Dealers of Death", whose leader had killed "40 men", including Jenkins, and a friend who overheard this gave this information to police. You can read the dodgy story about this alleged gang here, it is very interesting actually; but curiously, the Smiley Face guys say the so-called Dealers of Death is NOT the serial river-killer gang they're proposing:Despite all of their efforts, so far just one of the cases has been changed to a homicide. And that was only after four years of exhaustive efforts by his parents. Chris Jenkins, a 21-year old University of Minnesota student, vanished after leaving a Minneapolis bar on Nov. 1, 2002. Four months later, he was found floating in the Mississippi River on his back, with his arms crossed across his chest. His death was initially classified as an accidental drowning but in 2006, the police finally agreed to change it to homicide.
Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan even made a very public apology to the Jenkins family in November 2006, telling reporters, “When we are investigating a case, we will obviously do the best we can, but we’re going to occasionally make mistakes. In Chris Jenkins’ case, we did make a mistake…And for that, for the Minneapolis Police Department, I want to apologize to the Jenkins family.”
So there is narrative dickery going on with this situation. It seems like our intrepid investigators definitely want some control over how the story is reported overall, to the point of vaguely threatening a magazine with legal action for publishing certain information they don't want published. This is highly curious behavior from a couple of people who seem to prefer to cast themselves in the light of truth-seekers just wanting to inform the public about something they think police departments nationwide are either covering up or neglecting to take notice of.In separate interviews with Milwaukee Magazine, Gannon and Gilbertson tried to downplay any connection between Alford [the self-proclaimed leader/founder of the "Dealers of Death"] and their theory that a gang of “smiley face” killers is murdering young men. Gannon confirmed he spoke with Alford but then said, “I have no relationship with him.”
Gilbertson also discouraged the magazine from publishing a list it obtained of suspected Dealers of Death gang members. This would be “theft of intellectual property,” Gilbertson warned. (Milwaukee Magazine declined to publish the list because its methodology is murky: In checking, we found some people on it had no criminal record, while others did. Some also had connections to Alford.)
Does the threesome intend to publish the information themselves? New Brighton, Minn., Detective Gary Sykes, who investigated the murder committed by Alford, says the trio contacted him and asked about the Dealers of Death. “In my opinion, they are trying to write a book,” Sykes says.