A new Oxygen series, Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice, is set to air on Saturday, January 19 at 7pm ET/PT.
These are cases that we’ve all heard about and many of us have read up on, and Oxygen is now taking these strange stories of hundreds of young men, nationwide, mysteriously drowning in a new direction – usually after a night out with friends.
This particular series will follow a private investigation led by a retired detective from NYPD and his team, which includes additional investigators and seasoned forensic experts, to get their take. The show also will feature the families affected and get their feedback as to what they think happened to their loved ones.
Are these murders? If so, are they the work of a serial killer? Or are they just random tragedies that happen to bear enough similar circumstances for one to presume that they might be tied together?
In fact, some have suggested that these are actually murders and are the work of a well-organized group that communicates via the internet in order to carry the killings out. Let’s take a look.
A bit from Oxygen:
Since 1997, hundreds of college-aged men have mysteriously drowned after a night out drinking with friends. Their bodies have been found in clusters around the country, and the victims are eerily similar – they’re all athletic, academic achievers. In addition, near where many of the bodies are recovered is one distinct mark: graffiti of a smiley face. “Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice” follows retired NYPD Detective Kevin Gannon and his team of investigators: Anthony Duarte, Mike ‘Mikey’ Donovan and D. Lee ‘Doc’ Gilbertson; who have dedicated the past 12 years of their retirement to finding justice for these cases.
All of the drownings have been individually classified as accidental or undetermined and have not been investigated as possibly related crimes. There are grieving families of these young men who are convinced that there is something more sinister at play, and desperately search for answers with Gannon and the team. Their goal is to gather enough evidence to convince local authorities to reclassify and investigate these deaths as homicides. Only then can the team attempt to establish a possible connection between these deaths to further their theory that the young men are victims of a calculated group known as The Smiley Face Killers.
With the exception of the political arena , it’s extremely rare to find organized attacks by a group of people and then carried out without nary a whisper by one of the conspirators. One of the reasons for that is as the old saying goes, “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”
So what happened to these young men? Are they non-related accidents that have been given the just enough hype to grab your attention? Or, are they murders by a conspiratorial group hell-bent on executing hundreds of young men?
Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice, is set to air on Saturday, January 19 at 7pm ET/PT.here and on Twitter here.