Killer on the Road

Killer on the Road

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Starting in the 1950s, Americans eagerly built the planeta€™s largest public work: the 42, 795-mile National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. Before the concrete was dry on the new roads, however, a specter began haunting thema€”the highway killer. He went by many names: the a€œHitcher, a€ the a€œFreeway Killer, a€ the a€œKiller on the Road, a€ the a€œI-5 Strangler, a€ and the a€œBeltway Sniper.a€ Some of these criminals were imagined, but many were real. The nationa€™s murder rate shot up as its expressways were built. America became more violent and more mobile at the same time. Killer on the Road tells the entwined stories of Americaa€™s highways and its highway killers. Therea€™s the hot-rodding juvenile delinquent who led the National Guard on a multistate manhunt; the wannabe highway patrolman who murdered hitchhiking coeds; the record promoter who preyed on a€œghetto kidsa€ in a city reshaped by freeways; the nondescript married man who stalked the interstates seeking women with car trouble; and the trucker who delivered death with his cargo. Thudding away behind these grisly crime sprees is the story of the interstatesa€”how they were sold, how they were built, how they reshaped the nation, and how we came to equate them with violence. Through the stories of highway killers, we see how the a€œkiller on the road, a€ like the train robber, the gangster, and the mobster, entered the cast of American outlaws, and how the freewaya€”conceived as a road to utopiaa€”came to be feared as a highway to hell.In 1967, she got married and began to work in an employment office. There, she ... Between 1970 and 1980, the population of many counties surrounding Atlanta doubled, while the city itself lost residents. ... In the Bellsa#39; case, the cause was transit construction: after much public debate, the city was building a light rail system. ... A former commissioner in Cobb County even joked that hea#39;d like to a€œ stock the Chattahoocheea€a€” the river separating the city from its suburbsa€”a€œwith piranha.

Title:Killer on the Road
Author:Ginger Strand
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2012-04-04


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