Thursday, October 12, 2006

Midwest River Killer

This story has been repeated many times in the past few years. A college-age male, whom after a night of heavy drinking is missing. After several days or months, the body is found is the Mississippi. The toxicology shows the person died with a high blood-alcohol content. The cause of death is ruled as accidental. Basically, the official story goes, the persons was drunk, stumbled and fell into the river and drowned. This was ruled the case most recently with Lucus Homan.

Many people believe the deaths are no accident. They think a serial killer is pushing/dumping drunk college-age men into the river.

Milwaukee Channel 12 WISN did a segment (10/12/06) on a Minnesota professor who claims he has found a spatial pattern to intoxicated males who drowned after a night of drinking. The pattern roughly follows along I-94 in several Midwest states. Several "pattern" maps where shown on TV along with an interview. (I barely caught glimpse of the report) I currently don't see a reference on WISN to their news story, but it may appear later. Nor did I catch the name of the professor.

I curious to know more about the spatial analysis involved. If a link appears, or if the professor has information available online, please post a comment indicating the link. I think we all would like to know a little bit more about this.

3 Comments:

At October 13, 2006 12:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has also been pointed out that drunk people tend to stumble down hill and based on the geography of LaCrosse, it would be pretty easy to stumble into the river from a lot of locations.

http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=la+crosse+WI&ie=UTF8&z=12&ll=43.808641,-91.247849&spn=0.176653,0.416107&om=1

 
At October 31, 2006 1:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The professor is from St. Cloud State. He became interested in the cases because a student there "fell" into the river. He went online to get info about the case and came across numerous other cases. He had his graduate students collect data and map it. Basically, he came up with a 50 mile buffer around I-94 from Minnesota to somewhere in Michigan where 26 cases fell into. The pattern was nothing close to being random, so now all municipalities that had a case are reopening cases to take another look at them. As of today, the FBI is going to look at the La Crosse cases by request of the City of La Crosse, to make sure they didn't miss anything.

If you saw the map, it was stunning how the pattern moved east-west-east-west-north-south-east -west-east-west etc...

 
At October 31, 2006 1:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the web address to the news story...

http://www.themilwaukeechannel.com/
video/10070234/detail.html

 

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