A few years back the case of "the smiley face killers" broke. Dozens of young men mysteriously drowned. At first it was theorized the men were victims of foul play at the hands of a group of serial killers. The problem was that no evidence supporting such hypothesis was ever produced. The hypothesis was quickly debunked. However, for many people a genuine mystery remained. What happened to all these young men? Surely it couldn't all be the work of alcohol. What if it was "excited delirium" instead?
Excited Delirium is a relatively new disorder characterized by:
- extreme aggressiveness and acts of violence
- disturbed behavior
- seemingly superhuman strength
- inability to feel pain
- extremely high fever and high core body temperature
- undressing caused by the high fever
Victims tend to die of cardiac arrest or from the high fever. Those who survive are almost always dismissed as druggies or people who had psychotic breaks. The experts claim the disorder is associated with drug abuse and psychiatric illness, even though they admit there are people who have had the disorder who belong to neither of these groups. It is my personal belief that a neurological pathogen , such as a virus, may be responsible for this disorder. The most important thing to remember is that the victims of this disorder can experience the onset of symptoms extremely rapidly. They can literally go from relative normality to raging psychotic behavior in a small amount of time. The man who recently ate the face off of a homeless man and who was shot and killed exhibited all the characteristics of excited delirium.
What does this have to do with "the smiley face killers"? I am intrigued by certain similarities expressed by the "smiley face" victims and victims of excited delirium. For example, here are a few:
- aggressiveness (some victims were involved in physical altercations before their deaths)
- paranoia (some victims expressed feelings of someone or something out to get them)
- disturbed behavior (the behavior of some victims were odd, with odd phone messages left and other odd and seemingly uncharacteristic behavior prior to their death)
- inability to perceive cold (many of the death occurred in winter time and many of the victims acted in ways that may suggest the victim was not bothered by the cold temperatures)
- undressing (Quite a large number of victims were found nude or partially nude. This has been explained away as paradoxical undressing. However, undressing is a characteristic associated with excited delirium.)
I think I should also state the if the "smiley face killer" victims were suffering from excited delirium then it is possible they entered the water in order to cool off. However, such behavior may also be associated with hyperthermia.
Now, I need to clarify that it is my belief that certain cases of excited delirium may be caused by a neurological pathogen and not from drug abuse or psychiatric illness as many experts contend. I do realize that there is no evidence to back up this belief and that there won't be until scientists begin to investigate tissue samples from individuals believed to have died from Excited Delirium.
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