Tonight on a shocking special episode of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — we plunge into the watery domain of the Smiley Face Killer with former FBI agent and author John DeSouza. Is there a demented serial killer or killers stalking and killing drunken college bros across the nation and leaving a smiley face as a calling card? Or is the linkage of 40 tragic drowning deaths a figment of the febrile imaginations of two retired NYPD detectives? Smiley Face Killers victims In 2008 retired New York police detectives Frank Gannon and Anthony Duarte announced an amazing and alarming serial killer(s) theory. They theorized that starting in 1997, across eleven states from New York to Minnesota, about 40 corpses that had been fished from bodies of water including rivers, lakes, and ponds exhibited too many similarities to be coincidental, to wit: Victims were white, college-aged males Gannon and Duarte described as “athletic, good-looking, and academically successful.” Could there be one or more “clumsy, ugly, and dumb” killers out there motivated by resentment and envy?
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