Since the late ’90s, at least 40 college students in the Midwest area have died of "accidental drowning." All victims are male, and many were popular, athletic students with a high GPA.
Two retired NYPD detectives believe that they were each targeted, drugged, and thrown into various bodies of water to make it appear like an accident or suicide.
From 2007 to 2008, 13 gay men between the ages of 20 and 40 were murdered in São Paolo, Brazil, many of whom had been shot in the back of the head with a .38-caliber weapon.
Their half-naked bodies were discovered in Paturis Park, a known rendezvous spot for members of the gay community.
A man who tipped off the police to the location of the last victim was arrested as the main suspect, but had to be released due to insufficient evidence.
Beginning in 1974, a killer named the Doodler haunted gay bars and clubs, hitting on men by sketching their portrait on a cocktail napkin.
The crimes spanned both time and distance, taking place up and down the coast of California from 1976 to 1986.
The killer often tied up his victims, before they were shot or bludgeoned to death.
I respect the pressure that society has put on them.Most of the victims' bodies were too badly decomposed for the medical examiner to determine a cause of death, but a 2009 victim was confirmed to have been strangled.In 2011, Antwan Pittman was convicted for the murder of 28-year-old Taraha Nicholson; while he is a suspect in some of the other murders, those cases are currently unsolved and two women are still missing.Each of the victims — all of whom had ties to drugs and prostitution — either had their throats slashed or were strangled, though some bodies were too decomposed for an official cause of death to be determined.Both a strip club owner and a cousin of one of the victims were arrested, along with two others, but they were eventually released due to insufficient evidence — some of which was caused by the authorities’ mismanagement of the case.Five of the eight victims were strangled, some were found clothed while others were nude, and a handful had engaged in sexual activity prior to their death.