Why is it so easy for long-haul truck drivers to get away with violent crimes? A&E 'The Killing Season' A Killer on the Road Episode 6, Josh and Rachel venture across the country to investigate long haul truckers moonlighting as serial killers after contacting private instigator Bill Warner and uncover systemic failures of law enforcement that kept the group at large. After private investigator Bill Warner's alarming revelation that there exists long haul truckers moonlighting as serial killers terrorizing America’s interstate system, Josh and Rachel begin a cross-country journey to research these killers on wheels. While hitchhiking, the filmmakers encounter women who work truck stops, despairingly referred to as “lot lizards,” and hear first hand accounts of the dangers they experience everyday. As Josh and Rachel delve deeper, they uncover systemic failures in law enforcement allowing these mobile killers to run wild. A disturbing confession by a former trucker, serving a life sentence for murder, propels Josh and Rachel on a hunt for his accomplices. "If there is such a thing as an ideal profession for a serial killer, it may well be as a long-haul truck driver." — FBI
A long-haul truck driver might just have the “best” job, according to the FBI to cover his tracks as a serial killer..“They’re extremely difficult to track down and the mobility of their occupation allows them access to so many different areas of victim selection and then victim release locations,” says FBI Crime Analyst Christie Palazzolo. Michael Arntfield, a criminologist at Western University in Ontario and expert on serial killers, agrees with the FBI’s truck-driver theory. Arntfield says a sizable proportion of uncaught serial killers are most likely people traveling the roads extensively for work. A long-haul truck driver provides anonymity, a perfect excuse for being out at all hours, limited supervision and “access to a stocked pond of victims in every city,” he tells A&E Real Crime. “You can operate in ways that wouldn’t be inherently suspicious.”
Police say the death of 30-year-old Stacey Gage, whose body was found near an abandoned church, is probably linked to the three earlier murders in Daytona Beach. The cases are "eerily similar," said Daytona Police Chief Mike Chitwood. "It makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up," he said. "When you look at the victimology, at Stacey's past, the topography of where the bodies were found and obviously other signs and clues at crimes scene, you begin to think, 'Wow, are we heading down this road again?" "He's picking on women who are viewed as disposable to society, who he can obviously dominate," Chitwood said. Chitwood would not discuss details of Gage's slaying. The other three women, LaQuetta Gunther, Iwana Patton and Julie Ann Green, were all shot in the head. All three had histories of prostitution and their naked bodies were found in relatively secluded areas of the city. "Obviously, the attacks are motivated by sexual gratification. Obviously, there's power because of the positions the women are in," Chitwood said. "They're basically executed." DNA evidence from two of the bodies matched as did ballistics from the bullets, Chitwood said. He would not say whether they matched evidence from Gage's murder. Gage did not have a criminal record for prostitution, though she did have a history of drug problems, said Cmdr. Mark Barker of the police department in Holly Hill, Fla., where Gage lived. She had been arrested several times for minor offenses, he said.
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