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A map of our nation’s highways could prove to be the link the FBI needs in solving hundreds of murders. That’s because they are examining what they are calling “a distinctive type of criminal,” specifically, “a serial killer operating along the nation’s highways,” according to USA Today.
There have been at least 459 killings “at the hands of highway serial killers, FBI statistics show.” What investigators are working to determine are how many suspects they are looking for, but they know that there is a commonality in cases reported in 48 of the 50 states where the victim has been disposed along the highway.
California ranks second out of the 48 for the number of victims found along the state’s highways, at 37 (Texas is first, with 38). Average motorists, however, don’t need to panic about falling into the hands of a brutal serial killer while making the trek up the I-5 from L.A. to Sacramento; the victims are often prostitutes who frequent truck stops, and who are taken across state lines during the course of the crime. “Authorities say they have 200 suspects; almost all are long-haul truck drivers.”