Episode No. 51 Smiley Face Serial
KillersDate: April 10, 2009
Notes: Kristi Piehl and Bill Szostak
on the Smiley Face Serial Killers.
In the past 12 years, more than 70 young men have either drowned or gone missing
under similar circumstances. These are men with vibrant personalities and bright futures. Despite what
you’ve heard, not all the men were intoxicated when they were last seen. Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter Kristi
Piehl first exposed the possible connection between the mysterious drowning deaths in 2008 on Good Morning America.
Piehl is now working closely with several families of the victims including, Bill Szostak, the father of Josh Szostak.
About the Guests
Kristi Piehl broke the Smiley Face Killer story the same week Josh Szostak was
buried. Bill Szostak heard Kristi on Good Morning America and contacted her. The two
worked independently over the summer. Bill focused on Josh’s case and Kristi followed up on tips and pursued leads on
victims and suspects.
Bill and Kristi realized in August that they each held key pieces of a bigger
puzzle and began talking everyday and sharing evidence. Several weeks before Christmas 2008, a round of
newsroom layoffs ended Kristi’s 12 year career in television news. It gave her an opportunity to
work full-time on these drowning cases. Her goal is to expose the evidence and keep the victim’s
Bill is a retired firefighter and licensed
fire investigator. His motivation is to give Josh justice and to ensure no other parent will have to watch
their son’s body recovered from a river.