Killer on the Road tells the entwined stories of America’s highways and its highway killers. There’s the hot-rodding juvenile delinquent who led the National Guard on a multistate manhunt; the wannabe highway patrolman who murdered hitchhiking coeds; the record promoter who preyed on “ghetto kids” in a city reshaped by freeways; the nondescript married man who stalked the interstates seeking women with car trouble; and the trucker who delivered death with his cargo. Thudding away behind these grisly crime sprees is the story of the interstateshow they were sold, how they were built, how they reshaped the nation, and how we came to equate them with violence.
Through the stories of highway killers, we see how the “killer on the road,” like the train robber, the gangster, and the mobster, entered the cast of American outlaws, and how the freewayconceived as a road to utopiacame to be feared as a highway to hell.
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Table of Contents
- Introduction: Killer on the Road
- Chapter 1: What a Mean World This Is
- Chapter 2: Forklift
- Chapter 3: The Cruelest Blow
- Chapter 4: American Isolato
- Chapter 5: Drive-by Truckers
- Chapter 6: A Prayer for the Body Buried by the Interstate
- Sources and Acknowledgments