KILLING SEASON: I-70 SERIAL KILLER. Between April 8th and May 7th 1992 six store clerks were shot to death in broad daylight across the Midwestern states of Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas. Each incident occurred only a few miles away from Interstate 70. Ballistics evidence conclusively determined the murders were the act of a single shooter, but investigators were never able to zero in on a suspect. A similar unsolved killing spree in Texas several later is believed to be the work of the same individual, according to lead detectives in the I-70 Killer case, however Texas police disagree with this hypothesis. To this day, the identity of the I-70 Killer remains a mystery.
KILLING SEASON I-40 SERIAL KILLER. In 2004, the FBI started to notice a troubling pattern: Dead bodies were turning up, with relative frequency, alongside the stretch of Interstate 40 that connects Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. The bodies belonged mostly to transient women, often prostitutes, with few commonalities other than their dangerous lifestyles and their final resting place in ditches close to the highway. The FBI and local investigators shared notes on dozens of cold case murders, and by 2009, analysts had identified 500 murder victims—mostly along the nation's highways. The collaboration was in part thanks to a digital reboot of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, or ViCAP, a cross-jurisdictional database of information on violent crimes. ViCAP had existed since the 1980s as an unwieldy, paper catalog of case notes from across the nation, but in 2009, it was brought online to help trade valuable information about serial crimes, homicides, sexual assaults, and cases of missing persons and unidentified remains, allowing cops to connect dots between cases across multiple jurisdictions. Eric Witzig, a veteran homicide detective who joined ViCAP's Critical Incident Response Group in 1995, said the combination of mobility and anonymity makes these highway killings incredibly challenging for investigators. "If the suspect is now six hundred miles away and you don't even know where your crime scene is, many people in law enforcement at that point would say, 'We got nothing except a homicide victim.'"
KILLING SEASON The Daytona Beach Killer: The name given to a person believed to have murdered four women in the Daytona Beach area between 2005 and 2008, the killer may also have been involved in some of 28 other murders as well. Believed to be a long haul trucker, the killer murdered all four of the women in the same fashion, firing a handgun into the backs of their heads. Three of the four victims were also known to have engaged in prostitution and authorities believe that they were lured by the killer under that pretext.
KILLING SEASON Review and recap The Killing Season Killer on the Road: In this new episode, they will venture west along the I-4 highway which runs from the east side of Florida from Daytona to Tampa. From this point on is where the documentary gets crazier and even more shocking, as serial killers galore emerge along the highways and bi-ways of America’s national road system. Viewer discretion is advised and, I would add, don’t watch before bedtime. The filmmakers credit journalists like Walter Pacheco for making the connection and reporting of a string of 19 murders along the interstates. Interviewed in this episode, Pacheco and private Investigator Bill Warner and other journalists assert that a large number of murders are committed across the country’s main thoroughfares by “serial killers masquerading as truckers.” Indeed, a map of body dumps reveals a shocking nightmarish web of slaughter along the highways that resembles a pointillist painting. While most truckers are hard-working and responsible citizens, there is an entire support industry of hookers and ‘adult entertainment’ purveyors who cater to the base element that knows no limits when it comes to sadism, rape, violence, and murder. This is crime’s unexplored region and the extent of it is huge.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com