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

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 procedure of Interstate and security Highways. ahead of the concrete used to be dry at the new roads, besides the fact that, a specter started 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 cost shot up as its expressways have been outfitted. the United States 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 street patrolman who murdered hitchhiking coeds; the list promoter who preyed on “ghetto young ones” in a urban reshaped via freeways; the nondescript married guy who stalked the interstates looking girls with automobile difficulty; and the trucker who introduced loss of life along with his shipment. Thudding away in the back of those grisly crime sprees is the tale of the interstates—how they have been bought, how they have been outfitted, how they reshaped the country, 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 solid of yankee outlaws, and the way the freeway—conceived as a street to utopia—came to be feared as a street to hell.

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