Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate (Discovering America (University of Texas Press))


Starting within the Fifties, americans eagerly equipped the planet’s greatest public paintings: the 42,795-mile nationwide method of Interstate and safety Highways. prior to the concrete used to be dry at the new roads, despite the fact that, a specter begun haunting them—the road killer. He glided by many names: the “Hitcher,” the “Freeway Killer,” the “Killer at the Road,” the “I-5 Strangler,” and the “Beltway Sniper.” a few of these criminals have been imagined, yet many have been genuine. The nation’s homicide expense shot up as its expressways have been equipped. the US grew to become extra violent and extra cellular on the similar time.

Killer at the Road tells the entwined tales of America’s highways and its road killers. There’s the hot-rodding juvenile antisocial who led the nationwide safeguard on a multistate manhunt; the wannabe road patrolman who murdered hitchhiking coeds; the list promoter who preyed on “ghetto young children” in a urban reshaped by means of freeways; the nondescript married guy who stalked the interstates looking girls with automobile difficulty; and the trucker who added loss of life along with his shipment. Thudding away at the back of those grisly crime sprees is the tale of the interstates—how they have been bought, how they have been equipped, how they reshaped the kingdom, and the way we got here to equate them with violence.

Through the tales of road killers, we see how the “killer at the road,” just like the educate robber, the gangster, and the mobster, entered the forged of yankee outlaws, and the way the freeway—conceived as a highway to utopia—came to be feared as a street to hell.

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