New PDF release: Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate

By Ginger Strand

Via the writer of the acclaimed Inventing Niagara . . . real crime meets cultural historical past during this attention-grabbing tale of ways America's interstate street method opened a global of mobility and opportunity—for serial killers.

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An oil company lease agent named Joe Sprinkle drove by a few minutes later. He saw the Packard and the Buick by the side of the road, and thinking there had been an accident, he pulled over. As he approached the Buick, he saw a girl crying in the backseat. A young man got out of the driver’s side. Sprinkle asked if he could help. ” Charles had shot Collison through the driver’s side window, then found he couldn’t release the hand brake. For a hot-rodder, he didn’t have much luck with cars. Upon seeing the dead man in the Buick’s front seat, Sprinkle decided to take matters in hand.

Historians today doubt there was any measurable increase in juvenile crime during the fifties: the flames of panic were fanned by the media and Hollywood. The FBI helped too: it issued reports claiming that delinquency had spiked 70 percent since 1948. indd 34 2/6/12 1:44 PM = WHAT A MEAN WORLD THIS IS = bills relating to juvenile delinquency were bouncing around Congress. Books rolled out regularly with titles like Juvenile in Delinquent Society, 1,000,000 Delinquents, Youth in Danger, and The Shook-Up Generation.

Driving a battered Chevy, he won the twenty-dollar purse. To celebrate, he and Caril went out for dinner, then to the Cornhusker Drive-In for a double feature. , drove out to the Crest station. On duty was Robert Colvert, a twenty-one-year-old navy veteran with a pregnant wife at home. Leaving his car out front, Charles went in and bought a pack of cigarettes from Colvert. He returned to his car, then went back and bought a pack of gum. Finally, in his car, he tied a red bandanna over his face and went into the station a third time, this time with the gun.

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