Tuesday, December 13, 2016
A&E’s ‘The Killing Season’ brings to life the years long revelation by the FBI that escorts are being murdered, in the hundreds, by long haul truckers. FBI makes a connection between long-haul truckers, serial killings. A bureau database includes more than 500 female victims, most of whom were killed and their bodies dumped at truck stops, motels and other spots along popular trucking routes crisscrossing the U.S.. The FBI suspects that serial killers working as long-haul truckers are responsible for the slayings of hundreds of prostitutes, hitchhikers and stranded motorists whose bodies have been dumped near highways over the last three decades. Federal authorities first made the connection about five years ago while helping police link a trucker to a string of unsolved killings along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma and several other states. After that, the FBI launched the Highway Serial Killings Initiative to track suspicious slayings and suspect truckers.
A computer database maintained by the FBI has grown to include information on more than 500 female crime victims, most of whom were killed and their bodies discarded at truck stops, motels and other locations along popular trucking routes crisscrossing the U.S.. Though most of the entries in the database pertain to unsolved slayings, cases that authorities consider “cleared,” or solved, remain in it so that investigators may potentially link additional crimes to a known perpetrator. There are also entries on sexual assaults and missing-person cases linked to highway locations. FBI officials declined to provide The Times with a more detailed breakdown of the database’s contents. The program’s success depends largely on local police departments’ voluntarily providing data on seemingly random killings, sexual assaults and other violent crimes to the FBI, where it is stored in a massive computer database. FBI analysts can query the computer to spot patterns that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Sarasota Private Investigator Bill Warner Featured in Episode 6 “A Killer On The Road” with insight into the I-4 Serial Killer in Florida who travels the roads from Tampa to Orlando to Daytona Beach. Episode 6 “A Killer On The Road” Episode Info: Josh and Rachel venture across the country to investigate long haul truckers moonlighting as serial killers and uncover systemic failures of law enforcement that kept the group at large.A&E ‘The Killing Season’ Investigates Multiple Incidents of Unsub Serial Killers. Hunter Killers (HK) on the Roads Featured in Episode 6. Spurred by tips from amateur cyber-sleuths at , “The Killing Season” also looks into similar cases of serial murder of sex workers in Gilgo Beach Long Island NY, Atlantic City, NJ, Daytona Beach, Fla., Oklahoma and New Mexico, and discovers systemic reasons why these cases go unsolved. As the filmmakers were shocked to learn, there are more than 20,000 law enforcement agencies in the US and none are mandated to report homicide data to the FBI’s centralized database.
At least 25 long-haul truckers are currently imprisoned for serial murders. In 2009, the FBI revealed their database, the Highway Serial Killings Initiative, which tracks information about hundreds of murders that have taken place along US highways and tries to link some together by details. In the first four years of its existence, the program helped authorities to identify and arrest 10 men, believed to be responsible for over 30 deaths. Here are 10 known killers who made the open roads of America their grisly hunting grounds:
2). John Wayne Boyer
3). Scott William Cox
4). Sean Patrick Goble
5). Wayne Adam Ford
6). John Robert Williams..Featured in ‘The Killing Season’ episode 6.
7). Dellmus Colvin
8). Bruce Mendenhall..Featured in ‘The Killing Season’ episode 6. 9). Adam Leroy Lane 10). Robert Rembert Jr.
Seven slayings in seven months will get some attention, especially if the police are able to link the killings together in spite of big geographical separations. Mississippi long-haul trucker John Robert Williams’s aunt liked to watch true crime shows, and she happened to catch an episode detailing the murder of Casey Jo Pipestem, a 19-year-old woman whose body had been dumped off a bridge in Grapevine, Texas, about 50 kilometers (30 mi) northwest of Dallas. She phoned in a tip, saying the case sounded a lot like a murder that her nephew had boasted about recently. Meanwhile, Williams and his girlfriend were sitting in jail in Mississippi, accused of the murder of 20-year-old Nikki Hill, whom they’d met at a casino. Using the FBI’s Highway Serial Killings Initiative database, analyst Terri Turner was able to link seven unsolved cases to Williams, and when detectives went to question the couple, they found a pair of rather loquacious people quite willing to admit to the murders they were suspected of, as well as several more. Williams is serving a life sentence plus 20 years in Mississippi for Hill’s murder. His girlfriend, Rachel Cumberland, is serving 20 years. They face additional charges as prosecutors around the country build their cases. Known and Suspected Victims of serial killer John Robert Williams a long haul trucker:
Margaret Gardner [7/11/2003 Arkansas]
Sandra Beard [9/18/2003 Oklahoma]
Jennifer Hyman [9/20/2003 Oklahoma]
Vicki Anderson [10/16/2003 Texas] (no picture)
Sandra Richardson [11/22/2003 Oklahoma]
Patsy Leonard [1/1/2004 Oklahoma]
Buffie Rae Brawley [3/24/2004 Indiana] (no picture)
Casey Jo Pipestem [1/31/2004 Texas] (charged)
Nikki Hill [Mississippi] (convicted) (no picture)
Samantha Patrick [Oklahoma] (no picture)
Elite Daily spoke with the filmmakers behind “The Killing Season” and heard about their most terrifying moments of filming the show. Joshua Zeman, Director/Executive Producer: I would have to say that my most terrifying moment of filming was actually the most chilling. Rachel and I were on the phone, interviewing trucker John Robert Williams, a long haul serial killer who is currently incarcerated in Mississippi for one murder, but he’s believed to have killed up to 30 women. Williams was talking to us about his rules for killing, i.e. never kill anyone close to where you live, or always dump a body over state lines, which, to me, is just crazy that he had this actual checklist, and then he revealed to us, that he had met numerous other serial killers out on the road — killers who were truckers, and that he could somehow connect with these individuals by how they talked to each other on the CB radio. And then he revealed that he was part of a group of serial murders known as the the “Netahe” which was, as he said, an apache term for “avowed killers” and that there were seven of them — five men and two women, and they would kidnap, torture and trade women back and forth. It was like something out of a David Fincher movie. Maybe I was being naive but I never realized there was a such a dark underbelly to the world we were living in, and that these individuals, they gravitated towards each other. It was truly terrifying.
Rachel Mills, Executive Producer: While looking at the unsolved Daytona Beach Serial Killer case, we located one of law enforcement’s initial persons of interest — a man named Gary Mansfield. In a bizarre twist, Gary’s brother, Billy Mansfield, is a convicted serial killer and Gary himself was charged as an accessory to one of his brother’s murders — the rape and strangulation of a young woman. Gary eventually testified against his brother and the charges against him were dropped, but Billy was sentenced to life in prison. While Billy Mansfield serves his sentence, Gary lives on the family’s “compound,” a six-acre junk yard in Weekie Wachee, Florida. The very same compound where police made another horrific discovery… Back in 1981, police found the body of a teenage girl in a shallow grave. In the following days, three more bodies were unearthed. Billy was given a concurrent life sentence for one of these murders, yet tragically, 36 years later, two additional victims remain unidentified. The next day, we drove up to the Mansfield compound to speak to Gary. Just moments before pulling past the gates, a confidential source told us that police suspected there were at least two more women — two more Jane Does — buried somewhere here on these ground. The realization that more victims could be right under our feet only increased my unease. As we walked past the piles of rusted washers and dryers toward Gary, who was fixing a motorcycle on the porch with a knife in hid hand, it felt like a scene straight out of “True Detective,” however this was far more terrifying because this wasn’t fictional television — this was real. Check out “The Killing Season” on A&E. Read more: http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/killing-season-creators-share-scariest-moments-tracking-li-serial-killer/1718024/
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