Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Philip Patnaude, 28, A POSSIBLE VICTIM OF THE "SMILEY FACE SERIAL KILLER" Funeral set


A wake for Patnaude is scheduled Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home, 4343 Main St., Downers Grove.

A brief visitation service at 10 a.m. Friday at Christ Church, 31st and York Road, Oak Brook will be followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.

Patnaude's Family today thanked those who helped in the search for him over the weekend.

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SMILEY FACE SERIAL KILLER BACKGROUND

Retired detectives suspect young men targeted for death by drowning


Could a national gang of killers that leaves smiley-face calling cards be getting away with murdering dozens of male college students by making all the deaths look like accidents?

That’s what two retired New York police detectives think, after spending their own money to link as many as 40 drowning deaths of otherwise healthy young men, many of them athletes.

“This is a nationwide organization that revels in killing young men," Prof. D. Lee Gilbertson of St. Cloud State University said in a report filed Tuesday for TODAY by NBC’s Lee Cowan.

“We are talking about specifically targeting a small, narrow group of individuals for murder," said Kevin Gannon, who is now asking the FBI to step into the investigation he and Anthony Duarte began when both were working for the N.Y. Police Department.

It began with the 1997 death of Patrick McNeill, a young man whose body was found in the Hudson River after he had gone missing after a night on the town. McNeill had been drinking and the death was ruled a suicide. His parents refused to believe that, and Gannon, then a detective sergeant, told McNeill’s parents he would never give up on the case.

Gannon’s been good to his word, mortgaging his own house to keep the investigation alive. Working with fellow retired detective Anthony Duarte and looking into nearly 90 separate cases, he’s concluded that McNeill’s death is linked to at least 40 others that have occurred in 11 different states.

Most of what the detectives are calling murders occurred in the Midwest during the winter months. Almost all involved popular athletes with good grades. Most had been drinking before they disappeared and their bodies subsequently found in near-frozen bodies of water.

The link they think they’ve found is a smiley-face symbol drawn near where many of the drowning victims’ bodies have been discovered.

“This is what we saw,” Gannon said. “They're happy, as most serial killers are, and very content with their work and what they're doing and the fact that they're thwarting police."

“Local police departments are skeptical,” Cowan reported, “saying the team didn't produce any new evidence, just a theory, pointing out smiley faces — as well as other graffiti the investigators are using to link the deaths — are all pretty common.”

But parents of victims are lining up behind Gannon and Duarte. Among them is Bill Kruziki, himself a policeman, whose son, Matthew, disappeared on Christmas Eve in 2005 after a night of drinking in East Dubuque, Ill. His body was found three months later in the Mississippi River. He had drowned, but the coroner never determined whether it was an accident, suicide or murder.

"There is an instance in every one of them that doesn't make sense, something unexplainable, they vanished from this earth,” Kruziki told NBC News.

Another death thought to fit the pattern is that of Adam Falcon, a student at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., who drowned in 2004.

"We do want to know truthfully what happened to our son," said his mother, Carla Falcon.

Families want answers
One of the deaths in the group Gannon and Duarte are investigating has been ruled a homicide. The victim was Chris Jenkins and the year was 2002. Like the others, Jenkins’ case was originally thought to be an accidental drowning, but police in Minneapolis, where the death occurred, later concluded that Jenkins had been abducted in a van and tortured before being drowned in the Mississippi River.

Despite the passage of six years, the pain never goes away, according to his mother, Jan Jenkins, who said, "Closure is a funny word; we cry every day."

Gannon and Duarte have exhausted their personal funds. They recently held a news conference in New York to appeal for money to continue the investigation and to get federal investigators involved. They’ve had a hard time convincing others in law enforcement that there is anything to investigate in what most see as unrelated accidental deaths.

As Cowan reported for NBC: “The idea of some sinister national gang out killing young college men is a hard theory to sell. But to the parents who have lost a son, a far-fetched reason is better than no reason at all.”

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

RIP

Anonymous said...

Some strange deaths at the Purdue campus Lafayette In. Should be looked into.......

Anonymous said...

Shaved,

Blow me!

Anonymous said...

Is there any truth or investigation into this? Thank you

Anonymous said...

Is there actually investigating into this? Was a smiley face found by the harbor? Thank you

I Voted For Obama said...

Weird stuff.

Anonymous said...

Is this why you yanked the original thread you put up a couple days ago? The thread where you claimed he was out trolling for cock on the lakefront? You're getting soft on us in your old ago. Plus, all that fat is clogging that pea-sized thing you call a brain, Fatboy.

Aldo Raine

Anonymous said...

This is a possibility. Coast to Coast AM did a segment on this a while back nowadays who knows? Could be a satanic initiation? Who would believe the Gacey Bundy or Dahmer stories If they didn't occur?

Anonymous said...

Bad people in this world killing for thrills...

For more information. http://youtu.be/chc1DPkZ4LM

Anonymous said...

Examine all possibilities! The families deserve to know and justice needs to happen. What of this happened to your child?

Anonymous said...

1030pm try and come up with your own alter ego, pussy.

Anonymous said...

.....Is this why you yanked the original thread you put up a couple days ago? The thread where you claimed he was out trolling for cock on the lakefront?.....

I think Shaved is still right, this kid decided to get a blowjob from somebody and things turned sour when he learned the blower was a guy dressed as a Cowgirl!

Anonymous said...

looks like a fag.the fiance was probably a beard.

phil-your-mouth was out trolling for cock and got thrown in the river.

Ken Lampe said...

Who the fuck was that retired NYPD Dick years ago that claimed that a group of Devil Worshippers was going around wacking People then using a portable cremetoriom to burn the bodies? The idiot had quite a following for awhile.

Anonymous said...

Stay sober, it just might save your stupid, worthless life!

Anonymous said...

No, he was a victim of his own stupidity.

Anonymous said...

So, let me get this straight, a group of 'serial killers' looks for drunk, young college students and then takes them to a lake to drown them????? To make it look like an accident? Huh? Utter fuckin bullshit.This is a case of retired detectives with too much time on their hands getting caught up in some type of goofy conspiracy theory, then pandering to parents who are in total denial over the circumstances of their kid's death.

Anonymous said...

Not likely a Smiley Murder. Patnaude was a 28 year old man, not a college student. Patnaude, who rarely has had a photo taken without a drink in his hand, left a bar and went out to the lakefront at 2:30 AM. It is generally acknowledged as a prime late night gay sex cruising area. He also frequented bars in the Boystown gay bar area, had gay friends, and loved of glow sticks. One theory is that he liked to go on adventures and climb, he climbed over a security fence and fell in the water. No one's sure exactly *how* he died, but the general belief that what made him go out to the lakefront was to look for sex (and cheat on his fiancee in the process).

Anonymous said...

Interesting note: around the same time Patnaude was found in the harbor another Chicago man (35 y.o.) that live about 3 miles north of Patnaude was also found floating in Montrose harbor 1 1/2 mi. north of where Patnaude was found. The 35 year old's mans pants were found floating in the harbor (the first clue) and Patnaude's jacket was found floating in the other harbor (also the first clue). There was substantial red spray painted gang graffiti on a viaduct close to the west end of the Montrose Harbor. This was not there before Patnaude was killed and appeared around the time they pulled the 2nd body from the other harbor. No smiley faces seen near it, but next time I'm near, i'll have a closer look.

Anonymous said...

The man at Montrose Harbor went missing on March 2, and the man found in Belmont Harbor went missing hours later--after midnight/early hours of March 3.