Serial Killer in Plain Sight for All to See

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Steven Spingola is a retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective and the author of The Killer in Our Midst: the Case of Milwaukee’s North Side Strangler

Copyright, Steven Spingola, Wales, Wisconsin, 2010

6 Responses

  1. Teresa

    Hey Boss
    Great article, but I would have to disagree with you slightly. My husband and I (both on the job) were discussing this at length the other morning and believe that the Capt. should not be the lone suspect. We firmly believe there are 3 suspects, Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniels and Jim Beam!

    February 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm

  2. So true. I vaguely recall the lyrics from a song where the singer seeks advice from jeannie in a bottle of Jim Bean and gets lied to.

    February 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm

  3. While the victims in LaCrosse are all male, nation wide and world wide this is not true. There is an ongoing problem of vanishing students. Some of the stories are bizarre. Many are crime or accident victims. A large number are found suicides. But a very few recover and return in altered mental states giving an insight into what is happening.

    Forty years ago designers and engineers accidentlaly discovered a normal feature in the physiology of sight could cause mental breaks. The cubicle was designed to deal with Subliminal Distraction exposure. No school offers Cubicle Level Protection or warns students.

    Some of the drinking may be self medication attempting to deal with the onset of depression from this exposure. Others have pointed out that the bars and river are not close together. Something must explain why the students wander that far.

    February 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

  4. Steve Spingola

    L.K., no doubt there maybe underlying causes. La Crosse, however, is a college town, where many students drink to excess for the sake of getting highly intoxicated. Mr. Meyers’ BAC regisitered .28 (blind drunk, in my subjective opinion). A The bloodhound followed his scent right to the river. People sometimes do things without explanation when they’re highly intoxicated. Wisconsin is a state with a hard drinking traditon. College students in cities like Madison and La Crosse seem hell bent on continuing this rather undistinguishable reputation.

    February 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

  5. Peter

    Get your facts straight. Craig’s urine alcohol content was .28. His blood alcohol content (a more accurate number) was .19…not blind drunk, in my opinion. Hypothermia was undoubtedly a factor in this death.

    February 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

  6. Steve Spingola

    Peter, I have interview thousands of people–suspects, victims, and witnesses–who had been drinking. Many suffer blackouts at .13 or .14. As things stand now, .16 is twice the legal limit to drive. For some drinkers, depending on their level of tolerance, .19 is quite high. In my opinion, it is blind drunk, considering that intoxicated persons burn-off some of the booze they consume though bodily metabolism. I do understand that it is difficult to loose a loved one regardless of how they pass. The bottom line is these young men–save one–died because they drank too much. During my career, I never found a sober person sleeping outside in the cold. Unless a head injury is involved, bizarre conduct is usually the result of alochol or drug consumption, just like the Brad Paisley song, “Alcohol,” adapting explains.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm

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