Tuesday, May 19, 2009

So We're Calling Him the "North Side Strangler" Now?

I suppose we all owe WTMJ a debt of thanks for giving Wisconsin's latest serial killer a catchy nickname.

A few quick things:

  • I'm guessing that police departments don't just call press conferences all the time and say things like, "Yeah, there might be a serial killer roaming the streets" unless they're pretty sure that an actual serial killer is, you know, roaming the streets.
  • MPD obviously knows more than they're releasing to the public -- and I'm not just saying that because it seems like standard operating procedure in every serial killer movie ever made. This morning there were six victims and within hours a seventh turned up. I assume MPD will be announcing further connections to other cold cases as the investigation precedes.
  • It's all very Jack the Ripper-esque in so far as the victims are all prostitutes.
  • Remarkably little is being said about it in the Cheddarsphere. I've only encountered posts here, here, here and here -- and when folks are posting on it they aren't saying much, which seems kinda odd to me...
  • Color me a pessimist, but I can't help get the feeling that all of this will end very badly -- not just in terms of body count and whether the killer is actually ever found, but also on the social toll of the investigation.
  • Has there been a hunt for a serial killer during the internet age yet? If not, this could be interesting to see how it unfolds from a new media perspective.

12 comments:

Roland Melnick said...

How will this play out differently with respect to the new media? Do you have any thoughts on how bloggers and the internet will effect things? This is an interesting quandry I haven't seen posted anywhere else.

Jb said...

Not a clue, really.

I'd sort of expected people posting on crazy rumors and wild speculation, but that hasn't happened yet. Some of that might be a local thing ... but no one really seems to be in any great hurry to talk about this issue yet. I think it's kinda odd, but we'll see...

Definitely more to follow.

True Crime, Great Psychology said...

If the public wants to know more about the "north side strangler" they've got to go to the source.

Retired Milw. Police Dept. Lieutenant Steve Spingola has published a "magazine article" about the killer in our midst with Amazon.com's Kindle. Here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Killer-Our-Midst-Milwaukees-ebook/dp/B002J9HJRW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1249165025&sr=8-1

I downloaded it on my iPhone. It contains some interesting tidbits from the crimes scenes, etc.

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