Monday, October 11, 2010

Over-the-road serial killin’ truckers?

The FBI’s highway serial killer initiative has sure resulted in a demonizing of a hard-working segment of Americans.

In my opinion, it’s ridiculous and actually rather frantic to finger truckers for hundreds of unsolved murders along our roadways.

Sure, the highway system is full of truckers. But they are not the only workers who make a living on our nation’s highways. Our society has an ever-growing mobile work force out there. There are thousands of service people out there ripping off serious miles. And thousands of sales people are out there and they are not all George Clooney Up-in-the-Air cool dudes.

But let’s dig a bit deeper. I will bet there’s at least a half million travelers out there – desperate, untethered modern gypsies batting around our interstates in crappy old cars and living off cheese crackers and truck stop coffee. Bet there’s plenty of them with a dark history.

We probably have no idea how many drifters and homeless people and worse, just plain human predators exist in obscurity along our highways, panhandling at rest stops and hanging out in truck stops. The invisibility of these people is remarkable. America does not want to see them.

Unfortunately, along with being our nation’s pride-and-joy super slab, the interstate network is also the jungle path of thousands of lost people – many of whom have no respect for other humans.

2 comments:

  1. Amen Sandi. It's like a parallel universe of hookers, muggers and thieves preying on the weak of mind and body.

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  2. I just watched a Criminal Minds episode where a trucker is traveling the highways living out of his truck and he is forced to give up his daughter to foster parents because he doesn't have the time or money to raise her properly. In the end the FBI watches him kill himself in the cab of his truck after they hunt him down for being a serial killer. The only solace I get from watching a program like this is that the criminals on this show are from all walks of life. I have to say that one of the things I most unlike about being a trucker for 15 years is the negative stigma that we are saddled with. Maybe the advent of satellite communications and the lack of privacy we have now will shed some light on just how honest and hardworking most of us are. At the very least it will aid in weeding out the bad guys and gals out here.

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