You’ve heard of killing them with kindness, but what about murdering with a smile? Join us for a look at the infamous Smiley Face Murders.
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In this week’s episode, we’re talking about the smiley face murders — or, more specifically, the strange theory surrounding a set of murders.
The story goes that a couple of detectives had a hunch that men who were found dead in bodies of water were victims of either one or multiple serial killers that left a smiley face tag/graffiti at the site in which they dumped the bodies. Some agreed that this was a sound theory; others called it ludicrous.
Whatever you believe about that theory, there is one man who was legitimate in his use of the famous emoji combined with murder: Keith Jesperson.
At a young age, Keith showed some trademark signs of being a bad, bad boy. But like many in the ’70s, the signs were ignored, or missed. He had an abusive father and was bullied at school because he was a giant (at 35 years old, he was nearly 7 feet tall). All this lead to him becoming a fairly prolific serial killer, who was charged with 8 counts of murder when it was all said and done.
But what makes him the smiley face killer? Well, when a woman claimed she and her boyfriend killed one of his victims, he left a note on a public washroom wall signed with a smiley face. He later sent letters to the media signed with a smiley face.
Want to know more? Tune in to get all the wicked details.
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