Smiley Face Killers Victim Zero, Patrick McNeill (1997)

Mar 28, 2016 - by Eponymous Rox

In 1997, the world had yet to learn of the Smiley Face Killers when Patrick McNeill went mysteriously missing from uptown Manhattan in the dead of winter and his body was found months later in the East River beside a Brooklyn pier.

The 21-year-old Fordham University student’s epic missing-persons search and bizarre death rattled New York City and its homicide detectives two decades ago. Since then, however, hundreds of young men have similarly perished, in a drowning-man phenomena that continues to spread like a pandemic throughout North America and abroad.

Dubbed the ‘Smiley Face Serial Murders’ for iconic graffiti found at approximately four-dozen such crime scenes, the widening spree has gained international attention in recent years, and yet, as with the McNeill cold case, still remains unsolved.

 

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Smiley Face Killers 'Victim Zero' Patrick McNeill 1997

 

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