Killer on the Road: The Uneasy Connections Between Serial Killers and America’s Highways

Picture: Serial Killer Ottis Toole, Jacksonville Police Department (PD)

Interested in serial killers and the darker side of the American myth of progress? Check out a short video from the BBC on Ginger Strand’s new book Killer on the Road. Here’s a description of the book:

Killer on the Road tells the entwined stories of America’s highways and its highway killers. There’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 “ghetto kids” 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 interstates—how they were sold, how they were built, how they reshaped the nation, and how we came to equate them with violence.

Sounds like a high-speed take on Michael Lesy’s mondo murder classic Wisconsin Death Trip. While you’ll actually have to travel to the BBC’s website to watch it (damnable lack of embed code), it’s worth a click-over. Just come back here when you’re done. If you know what’s good for you.

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  • Ted Heistman

    Wow, I never would have thought that guy was a serial killer. I guess you can’t judge a book by its cover. He doesn’t have an “undead” blank stare at all. Nice teeth too.

    • Calypso_1

      You want to read something real interesting?  Check out Toole’s prison interviews.  His knowledge of Mexican ranches and mass graves (before this ever became public knowledge), occult sacrifice and some odd connections to the Bush dynasty are disturbing to say the least.
      You might also want to read The Hand of Death: The Henry Lee Lucas Story about his partner in crime.

    • Calypso_1

      You want to read something real interesting?  Check out Toole’s prison interviews.  His knowledge of Mexican ranches and mass graves (before this ever became public knowledge), occult sacrifice and some odd connections to the Bush dynasty are disturbing to say the least.
      You might also want to read The Hand of Death: The Henry Lee Lucas Story about his partner in crime.

      • Imago

         I read about those connections several years ago and it still is very uncomfortable to go there.

      • Imago

         I read about those connections several years ago and it still is very uncomfortable to go there.

        • Calypso_1

          As well it should be.  Toole talks about things no one should feel comfortable with.  I’m not sure I can qualify that man with a soul. 

        • Calypso_1

          As well it should be.  Toole talks about things no one should feel comfortable with.  I’m not sure I can qualify that man with a soul. 

          • Jesus Borg

            You guys are going to like my next article!
             

          • Apathesis

             Do you think Henry Lee Lucas really killed ALL of those people, though?  The Disinfo book Everything You Know Is Wrong pointed to a bunch of reasons why he may only be guilty of a handful.

          • Apathesis

             Do you think Henry Lee Lucas really killed ALL of those people, though?  The Disinfo book Everything You Know Is Wrong pointed to a bunch of reasons why he may only be guilty of a handful.

    • Matt Staggs

      Ted, I believe the proper terminology for what this gentleman has is “teefs”. 

    • Matt Staggs

      Ted, I believe the proper terminology for what this gentleman has is “teefs”. 

      • Calypso_1

        A gentleman he was not.

      • Calypso_1

        A gentleman he was not.

  • Drinky McGee

    I read this book a couple of months ago, and I can report that it’s very good. 

  • Drinky McGee

    I read this book a couple of months ago, and I can report that it’s very good. 

  • Anarchy Pony

    And the bloody hook was hanging from her rear view mirror…

  • Anarchy Pony

    And the bloody hook was hanging from her rear view mirror…

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