St. Cloud State Professor Lee Gilbertson and retired NYPD detective Kevin Gannon appeared on Geraldo At Large last night, announcing new evidence. While Geraldo Rivera promised that "for the first time ever [Gannon and Gilbertson] are here to reveal who they think the killer or killers are," the pair focused the interview on findings pointing toward murder. Gannon also stated he preferred to not to discuss motive for the time being, perhaps hinting at more announcements to come.
Among the findings announced, was that La Crosse victim Luke Homan was deceased prior to entering the water and fiber transfer evidence was found in a vehicle and on his clothes--all evidence that adds up to homicide, says Gannon. Another revelation was that evidence (scent or personal belongings) of 5 of 8 La Crosse men were found near the 12-foot tall Native American statue in Riverside Park. Six out of 8 victims had last been seen at the same two bars (4 victims at one bar, 2 at another), even though there are 55 bars in La Crosse in that 6 or 7 block radius.
Professor Gilbertson has also done a statistical analysis of the Body Mass Indexes (BMIs) of the victims, which shows the victims were overwhelmingly of normal weight. Gilbertson said this a pattern he would not normally expect to see in a given population, and believes the height and weight may play a role in the selecting of victims. While the interview focused on the La Crosse area, the team says they have found 17 drowning cases Nationwide that were actually homicide.
[Correction: this post originally stated that Homan may have been held some time before entering the water. This was a misinterpretation of the interview. I should have stated that Gannon found that some of the victims were dead before they entered the water, including Homan, and some others were shown to have been held for a period of time. I regret the error.]