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    FBI: No Serial Killer In LaCrosse
    LaCrosse, Wisc. (AP) ― There is no serial killer, investigators insist, no boogeyman lurking in college-area bars, waiting to drown good-looking young men.

    Since 1997, eight college-aged men have drunk heavily at local taverns, then turned up dead in one of the area's rivers.

    Each death rekindled the killer talk, but FBI profilers and other investigators have all reached the same conclusion: The deaths were accidents.

    ~snip~

    The series of mysterious deaths began in July 1997, when the body of 19-year-old Richard Hlavaty was found in the Mississippi. The rumors became near hysteria in 2004 when the body of UW-La Crosse wrestler Jared Dion, 21, was found in the Mississippi off Riverside Park.

    http://wcco.com/crime/serial.killer.....2.370055.html
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    Is A Serial Killer Stalking Students?
    One St. Cloud, Minn., Criminologist Has His Theories


    St. Cloud, Minn. (AP) ― Vanishing students. Dead bodies. Fears something sinister is lurking in the shadows.

    A string of college student drownings across the Midwest has all the makings of great mystery. Or does it?

    Rumors have persisted for years that a serial killer is prowling Interstate 94, hunting young men in college bars and plunging them underwater. Investigators, though, say there's no evidence of foul play. They say the victims were so drunk they fell in the river and died.

    Not so fast, says criminologist Douglas Gilbertson.

    An assistant criminology professor at St. Cloud State University, Gilbertson has spent most of the past year researching the drownings. He completed a study this spring he believes shows patterns that indicate some of the cases could be murders -- and could be linked.

    "We definitely do have some cases that are just not accidents. When you fill in the patterns that are coming out, that's the next logical step," Gilbertson said.

    http://wcco.com/topstories/st.cloud.state.2.363562.html
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    La Crosse Drownings Still Accidental, Police Say

    Madison, Wis. (AP) ― Police said Tuesday they still believe a string of mysterious drownings in La Crosse, Wis. were accidents, despite Minnesota investigators' new ruling that a student drowning in Minneapolis believed to be accidental was really murder.

    ~snip~

    Rumors of a serial killer stalking La Crosse's bars have persisted for years. But detectives say there's no evidence to suggest any of the deaths was anything but an accident.

    La Crosse investigators also have asked the FBI to review their work to make sure they didn't overlook anything.

    http://wcco.com/topstories/Drownings....2.363026.html
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    Jared Dion had been out with his friends and his brother Adam that night. A strapping, 21-year-old sophomore -- he was a member of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse wrestling team and had been an outstanding athlete in his high school days -- Dion had clearly been drinking. But by all accounts, he was not so drunk that fellow revelers took much notice when he staggered out of one of those downtown bars clad in his baseball cap and a maroon UW-LaX sweatshirt. It was a pity that they hadn't taken more notice. It was the last time any of them would see the gregarious young wrestler alive.

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    "The probability is virtually zero that five intoxicated students just happened to walk similar or even different routes (and) end up on the river bank," said criminal investigative psychologist Dr. Maurice Godwin, who analyzed the police and autopsy reports in the case at Stuff's behest. In his mind, there is a high probability that there is, or was, a serial killer in La Crosse, involved in some, if not several of the deaths in the past seven years.

    http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_k...sconsin/6.html
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    Is there a homicidal maniac at work in La Crosse, Wisconsin?
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    Excerpt: Those rumors had receded in the months and years following Geesey's death. But they all came flooding back when Dion's body was found.

    [...]

    But as Stuff magazine reported, there was an equally compelling argument to be made that "police might have too readily dismissed that a killer or killers were responsible for some or all of the deaths simply because it seemed unlikely." What's more, the magazine found, there were strong indications that police "failed to thoroughly investigate any of the deaths as possible homicides."

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    River Drowning- “Serial Killer or Urban Legend”

    Excerpt: This presentation will present all the facts and similarities in the 7 cases of College age males who have drowned in the La Crosse Area between 1997-2004

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    Mystery River
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    September 9, 2004


    Excerpt: To the students and the locals of La Crosse, the notion that four strapping young men drowned in the river in a span of two years seemed like too much of a coincidence—even if they all were drunk. On campus and in town, the serial-killer theory grew in popularity.

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    DETECTIVES: Chris Jenkins murder connects dozens around country Could there be a calculated, cross-country plot to kill young college men, including some in Minnesota? It seems a little hard to believe, but two New York detectives say they can prove it.

    Now, they are revealing years of their evidence for the first time to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS...


    http://kstp.com/article/stories/s421846.shtml?v=1

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    What are officials doing about the new Jenkins evidence?

    http://kstp.com/article/stories/S424705.shtml?cat=5

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    http://kstp.com/article/stories/S426475.shtml?cat=1

    A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation into the mysterious river deaths of young men around the country has now gone national.

    Investigative reporter Kristi Piehl appeared on ABC NEWS’ ‘Good Morning America’ to discuss the case with detectives Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte.

    Watch Monday morning’s interview in the viewer on the right….

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    Christopher Jenkins Timeline-Channel5 Investigation

    A series of investigative videos over the past two years. Click on the player on the right of the page:

    FEB. 17, 2006: We reveal that the case is open


    MARCH 29, 2006: Water testing done with fake body


    JULY 31, 2007: County decides not to file charges

    http://kstp.com/article/stories/s417977.shtml?v=1

    ETA: The last link is missing the video. I have sent an email to the station asking for it.


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    Article from June 2007

    A good read with some background info on the investigative work of these detectives: http://www.midiowanews.com/site/tab1...d=554432&rfi=6

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziQ View Post
    A series of investigative videos over the past two years. Click on the player on the right of the page:


    FEB. 17, 2006: We reveal that the case is open


    MARCH 29, 2006: Water testing done with fake body


    JULY 31, 2007: County decides not to file charges



    ETA: The last link is missing the video. I have sent an email to the station asking for it.
    SQ- I got the video when I clicked it, maybe fixed?

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    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=4738621&page=1

    INFO from the 4/28/08 GMA show where detectives and their investigation was featured.

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    Their contact information was listed on the GMA site (if correct):

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    The contact info for the investigators is here, for those who want to give money to help them continue their work: http://nationwideinvestigations.us/contact.html

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    A blogpost from a FoxNews anchor in 2006, interesting theory here.

    http://marksuppelsa.typepad.com/clos...g_drowned.html

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