Criminology: Could this be a one time thing?
I’m sure we can all agree, even without knowing all the details of the murder, this is a pretty different case than most. A double homicide of two young girls where the POI seems to be a complete stranger to the victims is nearly unheard of and one of the most difficult kinds of cases to solve. LE have described the crime scene as disturbing without getting into specifics as to what makes it so. Robert Ives mentioned in the DTH podcast that there were 2-3 signatures left at the scene, which could mean anything from which hand was used to wound to more sinister options. I didn’t make this post to speculate on those signatures though. I want to talk about BG, and whether or not he’s a serial killer.
In general, I’m not a huge “true crimes” fan. I enjoy watching true crime shows now and then, but I don’t look into these things too deeply. This case and the case of Asha Degree have been the only exceptions.
So what I would love to do is pick the brains of people that look into these things more, especially people that study criminology (hobbyists and professionals!) Have any of you ever seen cases where someone carried out a particularly heinous or gruesome murder, just once? Not because they were arrested before they could do it again, but because once was all they ever felt like doing?
I ask because I’m trying to wrap my mind around how someone could do something like this for the thrill of it, and not have similar cases pop up by now across the country. Is BG a serial killer? Or is it possible for this to be the only time he does something like this?
Note: I’m aware of the Evansdale murders and I even wonder myself if they’re connected. Like the Delphi murders however, LE never released how those girls were killed. Without those details there’s no way the public can know for sure the murders are connected.
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Could the Murder of a Hiker Be Related to Delphi?
Edit: I want to be clear I'm NOT saying I think it's the same person. Some people do think it's related, though, so I thought I'd share both for the sake of discussion and to bring awareness to another tragic murder.
On October 14th, 2020, around 11:30am, police were called to The Grottos hiking trail at Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, WI. There they found the body of 24 year old John Schmutzer. He had been stabbed to death. Witnesses reported a man wearing a dark head covering and a dark face covering walking south. He is believed to be around 5'10"-6'0". Police recently announced that they believe the murder was a random attack by a stranger.
Some people think this could be related to the Delphi case due to some similarities:
-Both murders appear to have been random and committed by a stranger.
-Both occurred on public hiking trails in the Midwest, in broad daylight, with other people in the area.
-Both were in the vicinity of railroads (though at least the one in Delphi is no longer in use).
-Both most likely involved a knife or blade as the murder weapon (obviously not confirmed in Delphi).
-Police have been extremely tight lipped in both cases, releasing very little information.
-Despite received many tips neither murder has been solved (though it's only been a month in the Devil's Lake case).
Could the same killer be responsible? Obviously there's no way to know at this point, but I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility.
Either way it's a scary thought: either there's a serial killer out there, or there are two people brazen enough to kill innocent hikers in broad daylight running free. I don't like the sound of either.
Whatever the case, let's hope whoever's responsible is caught soon.
Links: https://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/crime-and-courts/sheriff-says-homicide-suspect-still-at-large/article_64b18ff2-6067-5c55-ae7f-c9c7113e4050.html https://www.nbc15.com/2020/11/12/authorities-release-new-details-in-search-for-devils-lake-kille
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