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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Unsolved Murders Along Florida I-4 Interstate Highway FBI Claims a Long Haul Truck Driver Like Samuel Legg Is Responsible

Samuel W. Legg III is an Arizona man who is accused of possibly being a serial killer whose DNA is linked to at least four murders of women at Ohio and Illinois truck stops. Legg has been charged in one rape case and in the separate aggravated murder of Sharon Kedzierski. Legg, 49, of Miami Lakes Florida. Authorities have not named all of the homicide victims, nor has Legg been charged in the cases, but the Ohio Attorney General alleges that he was also linked through DNA to four murders.Unsolved Murders Along Florida I-4 Interstate Highway FBI Claims a Long Haul Truck Driver Like Samuel Legg Is Responsible. 19 Unsolved Murders Along I-4 Interstate Highway FBI Claims a Long Haul Truck Driver Is Best Cover Job For the I-4 Serial Killer. I-4 Serial Killer and Dayton Beach Serial Killer Same Guy a Long Haul Trucker Over 30 Cases Near I-4 and I-95 Says FBI. If you want to be a serial killer, then being a long-haul trucker is an excellent career choice, according to the FBI. I was part of a Documentary with A&E about the I-4 Serial Killer called 'the Killing Season' in November 2016, we shot our sequence inside the Acme Truck Stop in Orlando at the Red Rooster Diner 9565 S. Orange Blossom Trail. I have done extensive research into multiple unsolved murders, mostly young women involved with drugs and prostitution, of victims whose bodies have been found along the interstate highways of the USA, especially I-4.
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
FBI Report Highway violence; In the past four decades, over 500 unsolved deaths and 41 attempted homicides are believed to be linked to serial killers who are using the nation’s highways as truckers to find and dispose of their victims. 33 bodies n Florida, 38 bodies in Texas and 37 bodies in California are the top 3 in the body count nation wide. FBI on Highway Serial Killings Initiative - The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) consists of a database and web-based tool available to law enforcement agencies to link homicides, sexual assaults, missing person, and unidentified human remains that may be geographically dispersed, allowing police departments to better coordinate communication and investigative efforts on potentially linked crimes.

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.”
Over time, the FBI discovered that there were more than 500 murder victims who had been dumped on the highways of America over the course of 30 years. The victims in these cases were usually runaways or women who lived transient lifestyles, and were often involved in substance abuse and prostitution. And the majority of suspects in the murders are long haul truck drivers – truck drivers like Robert Ben Rhoades. Rhoades was a sadistic serial killer who had converted the sleeping area of the cab in his truck into what was essentially a mobile torture chamber. He would pick up runaways or prostitutes, keep them captive in the back of the cab for weeks on end, torturing and raping them, and finally murder them and dump their bodies on the side of the highway. He was eventually convicted of three murders and is currently serving two life sentences, although it’s believed he may have killed up to 50 women. But Rhoades is not alone, and the figure of 500 victims may only be the tip of the iceberg. In the documentary, The Killing Season, filmmakers Rachel Mills & Joshua Zeman spoke to Professor Kenna Quinet, who has written extensively on the subject. “I’ve been quantifying serial murders since the 1980s,” Quintet says. “Since then, I’ve realised that we were undercounting an entire pool of victims which I eventually called the “missing” missing.” Professor Quintet classifies the “missing” missing as victims who are never actually reported missing, so no one – including police – are ever looking for them.

Four murders in two years in Daytona Beach, Fla. Cops don't know who the killer is, but they know he carries a .40-caliber pistol. Detectives are chasing down every clue to stop this monster before he strikes again, and they need your help. The Daytona Beach killer is an American serial killer responsible for the murders of four women in the Daytona Beach, Florida area from December 2005 to December 2007. The killer has never been apprehended. Suspect frequent prostitutes, Killer carries a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson Sigma VE series weapon. The Orlando Sentinel reported that, "According to the FBI, the four killings are among 28 in Florida that are unsolved and connected to serial killings that the bureau suspects were committed by long-haul truckers. Those include 19 deaths along the Interstate 4 corridor between Tampa and Daytona Beach...", but it also noted that "all but one local law-enforcement agency denies any serial-killer cases on its books." The Sentinel identified as two possible further victims Regan Kendall, whose dismembered body was found near Osceola Parkway and Boggy Creek Road in Osceola County in July, and Kelly Lanthorne, who was found near South Orange Blossom Trail in Orange County.

Investigators have few leads because the slain women were mostly prostitutes or drug abusers living on the fringe of society. Their bodies were dumped in remote or obscure locations. "Victims are often picked up at truck stops, lot lizards, or service stations, sexually assaulted and murdered. The victims' bodies are left in rural areas along a highway, often in separate jurisdictions or even different states from where they were initially encountered by the offender," FBI Special Agent Ann Todd said. At least 10 serial killers, all of them long-haul truckers accused of murdering more than 30 women, have been behind bars since 2004. The FBI database includes 15 cases in a 30-mile radius of the I-4 corridor, as well as others near Interstate 95. Todd would not discuss the specifics of those cases.

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. 

For more than 30 years as a long-haul trucker, Samuel Legg had the freedom to roam the nation’s roads. More often, Legg would spend weeks at a time behind the wheel on Interstate 80, hauling loads from his native Ohio toward California on one of the country’s busiest highways. It was on I-80, in Austintown, Ohio, that another driver’s wife found the partially nude body of a woman on the outskirts of the Universal Truck Mall & Flea Market rest stop, on April 9, 1992. The Austintown “Jane Doe” was added to the list and the case remained, despite the efforts of the 13-agency task force, ice-cold. That changed in 2013 when two sisters submitted a DNA sample to the National Missing Persons System to see if they could find their long-lost mother. Almost immediately, 43-year-old Sharon Kedzierski was identified as the woman found in Austintown two decades earlier. Five years later, investigators caught a second break when another DNA test led them to Legg, the man who is now charged with Kedzierski’s death—and who is suspected of killing at least three other women at truck stops in Ohio and Illinois. “I think it’s fair to say we may have a serial killer on our hands,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. “He’s been linked with multiple unrelated homicides in multiple locations, which is what a serial killer is.” A few years after a divorce, Kedzierski simply vanished. The last time she was seen, she was on a friend’s doorstep in Miami Lakes, Florida, carrying nothing but a purse. “My understanding was that she was just kind of living with different people,” Lake Oswego, Oregon, Police Lt. Darryl Wrisley, who caught the case because one of the daughters lives in Oregon, said in 2013. Don Corbett, a retired Austintown detective who worked on the Kedzierski case, said there were similarities between her murder and the slayings of other women found naked or partially clothed around that time. 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.” “You can operate in ways that wouldn’t be inherently suspicious.” Adam Leroy Lane, the “Highway Killer,” was one such driver who plied his sinister trade in 2007 at stops near the highways he traveled for work. Police said he randomly targeted victims, including a 38-year-old woman he happened upon after parking at a New Jersey truck stop and prowling a nearby neighborhood in search of unlocked doors. After the slaying, he returned to his truck and took off unnoticed. Lane was later captured and convicted of murder and assault in several cases. He’s currently in prison and will not be eligible for parole until he’s 111 years old.


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