Sharing the same signature gives an entirely new meaning to the “Happy Face”

Posted: November 15, 2010 in Pat's Gallery of Killers (Radio Series), TV Killers
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As we go to air tomorrow to discuss the infamous Smiley Face Killings in which it has been reported by various news agencies including CNN, that at the site of at least 40 supposed drowning victims that span 11 states, a smiley face has been left as a signature by either a single killer or band of killers, one could not help but wonder if this was the only time such a symbol has been used.

Purported Smiley Face Killer(s) Signature

Lo and behold, we did not have to look too far, as one of the top hits on television, The Mentalist, has a serial killer by the name of Red John who also likes to put on a happy face so to speak in terms of leaving a signature that is eerily reminiscent of the ones left at the site of real-life drowning victims according to Detectives Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte.

Gannon and Duarte are the detectives whose involvement in the “real” smiley face case started while investigating the mysterious drowning death of college student Patrick McNeill back in 1997.  Since 1997, what some consider to be a clear pattern of predatory behavior has emerged which appear to link these seemingly random deaths of 40 college age men.  To many in law enforcement however, such as the FBI, these purported patterns are as fictitious  as the Red John character.

The Mentalist's Red John Smiley Face

What do you think?  Are the Smiley Face Killings the act of a single or group of serial killers or, just the active imagination of two detectives looking for a book/movie deal?  Take our poll and tell us what you believe:

Also remember to tune into tomorrow’s True Profiler: Pat Brown Discusses The Smiley Face Murders segment on Blog Talk Radio at 3:00 PM EST.

Added Bonus: The Mentalist’s Red John Identified?


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