River Drowning- “Serial Killer or Urban Legend”. 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. General Statistic for Drowning. Males account for 92% of drowning victims ages 15-19.
Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.
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
Males account for 92% of drowning victims ages 15-19.
Alcohol use is a major factor in adult and adolescent drowning.
Incidents of drowning occur 3 times greater in rural areas.
In water temperature below 42 degrees life expectancy is less than 5 minutes
Richard Hlavaty- Reported missing following a witnessed altercation downtown, was chased into the river by a group of people along with his brother. Brother made it, Richard drowned. Autopsy was done cause of death drowning/ Manner accident. BAC .27
Patrick Runingen- Reported missing after being seen at the Nut Bush bar, was found in the river by the French Island beach, physical evidence indicated that subject had fallen through the ice. Autopsy was done
Cause of death drowning/ no signs of altercation or trauma, Manner of death accident-Bac .240
Missing 09/27/1997- Water Temp 66 degrees
Recovered 10/03/1997 (7th St Boat Landing)
Autopsy done Milwaukee County ME
Findings: Consistent with drowning
No evidence of antemortem trauma
Toxicology- Alcohol .31
Cause of Death: Drowning
Missing-10/05/1997, Leaving a Party/Case of beer. Water Temp 65 degrees
Recovered: Swift Creek, near Hood St bridge
Autopsy done MRCO- Dr Lindsey Thomas
Findings: Apparent Drowning
No injuries or other causes of death
Toxicology: Alcohol .23
Cause of Death: Drowning
Reported Missing- 02/22/1998, Water Temp 37 degrees
Recovered- Mississippi River, 4/4/1998
Autopsy Done-MRCO-Dr. Lindsey Thomas
Findings: Pulmonary Congestion
Watery gastric contents
Mastoid petrous ridge hemorrhage
No injuries of Trauma noted
Toxicology: Alcohol .22
Cause of death: Drowning
Reported Missing- 4/10/1999, Water Temp 49 Degrees
Recovered- Running Slough –5/24/1999
Autopsy done-MRCO Hastings, Lindsey Thomas
Findings: Probable drowning
History of previous suicide attempts
scars of left arm from previous attempt
Toxicology- Alcohol .42
Missing 4/10/2004, Water Temp 47 degrees
Recovered 4/15/2004, off riverside park
Autopsy done MRCO Lindsey Thomas
Findings: Cold water drowning
No injuries or trauma
4) Toxicology – Alcohol .27
Cause of death: Drowning
Into the Darkness Website
All Caucasian males between the ages of 18-27.
As stated in a previous slide males account for 92% of all drowning, in the demographic area listed the largest population are Caucasian.
2) Lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana or Chicago (the extended area surrounding Lake Michigan from Minneapolis to Lansing Michigan)
These areas are all the areas with high population of colleges students, near large bodies of water.
3) All but one were students or had recently graduated.
Age group of 18-27, statistically the chances of someone being a student or recent graduate would be high.
4) Most were high achieving
What is “high achieving”, what are the standards, and how would a “serial killer” know this?
5) Most were in good physical condition or were athletes.
Chances are most of us were in “good physical condition” when we were 18-27.
6) Last seen out drinking with friends or at a party.
This one I will agree with, all the reports I have read states subject was drinking.
7) Were under the influence of Alcohol.
Wouldn’t this one be explained by number 6
8) Became separated from friends they started the evening with.
This too would be obvious, if they were with their friends they would not have “disappeared”
9) All disappeared between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Wouldn’t these hours correspond with bar times.
10) Were reported missing by friends or family
Who else would report you missing
11) The closed cases were all determined to be accidental drowning, or suicide.
Not correct out of the 5 in La Crosse, 2 were undetermined and 3 were accident. If there are no signs of any foul play, these cases are not going to be ruled a Homicide, which leaves only accident, suicide or undetermined as manner of death.
12) All but two of those found drowned were found in Mississippi river, Red Cedar River, or Lake Michigan.
These would be the largest bodies of water
located near college communities.
13) All disappeared between the months of September and April.
Would this not correlate with when school is in session.
There are no physical injuries or trauma to the bodies, cause of death is drowning, autopsy shows that they were alive prior to entering the water.
There is no evidence of robbery, sexual assault, no motive.
Homicide by drowning is rare (less then 5%)
No reported attempts from “victims’ who have escaped even the most prolific serial killer does not have a 100% success rate.
After completion and review of all these tragic cases it is the opinion of the La Crosse County Medical Examiner, that these deaths are due to several factors, with those being the following:
Alcohol use by all the victims, out of these 5 victims, only 2 were of legal drinking age. They all had at least 2 times the legal limit, with one being 4 times the limit.
Depression in at least 2 cases
Poor or unsafe design of the levy, allowing unsafe access to the river.
Lack of enforcement of existing ordinances
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
Stay with your friends
Be familiar with your surroundings
Fence along Levy to prevent someone from falling in.
Cameras in the park for monitoring activity
Enforcement of park hours (closed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.)
Enforcement of all liquor laws
Yes I believe all the evidence suggests that there is a KILLER amongst us.. And these men are dying at the Killer hands along with Thousands of other victims every year, and that Killer has a Name, his name is Al Cohol.
Thank you for your time and consideration.