I’m on board with the notion that, on the surface, the attention-getting “Smiley Face” gang homicide theory being discussed by four seasoned homicide investigators trying to solve hundreds of drowning deaths in this country, seems incredibly wild and unbelievable.
Are we to believe that for years, groups or cells across the country have been operating on the dark web with a mission to kill smart, successful, good-looking, popular young men? And the killers paint a smiley face near the scene where the bodies are discovered, pumping their chests, so to speak?
These retired investigators have spent a lot of time looking into this theory. Most of the drowning deaths reportedly happened after a night of heavy drinking by the victims and were ruled accidental. But the investigators, who are putting their years of experience and credibility on the line, believe medical examiners and law enforcement departments were too quick to rule out homicide.
The investigators are hitting a brick wall with the FBI. The first goal would be to examine the cases they’ve researched and determine if they should be reclassified as homicides. The next step would be to look for the killers.
Why do these cases warrant a second look? I see several reasons. In many of these cases, the victims had GHB in their systems – the date rape drug. This would render the victim unconscious. While endogenous concentrations of GHB can be found post mortem, the amount found in the victims, according to the investigators, suggests foul play.
Second, the detectives who have researched these cases have spent many years as homicide investigators, have a passion for finding the truth and have made promises to the parents of these young men who have died. They have not waned in their years of attempts to get federal law enforcement to assign some resources to this theory.
Third, if there is some beyond quirky, underground, dark group of individuals who have made a game of taking the lives of young productive citizens, at what could be an alarming rate, they must be found, and they must be stopped.
A second look. As a parent of a son who was on a successful social, athletic, educational and career track, who died in a fashion not consistent with his typical behavior, would that be too much to ask? I see no harm in taking a second look.