Truck Driver Is Best Job For Aspiring Serial Killers, According To FBI

The FBI has recently shared its finding that the profession most conducive to being a serial killer is that of a long-haul truck driver.

“If there is such a thing as an ideal profession for a serial killer, it may well be as a long-haul truck driver.”

This is part of their work on the Highway Serial Killings Initiative, in which they identified a pattern of women’s bodies dumped alongside roadways. The Bureau noted that most of the female victims in these cases are transients living a high-risk lifestyle, and are often prostitutes picked up at truck stops. They state that they’re looking at truckers as suspects, which comes with a lot of challenges. “The mobile nature of the offenders, the unsafe lifestyles of the victims, the significant distances and multiple jurisdictions involved, and the scarcity of witnesses or forensic evidence can make these cases tough to solve,” they say.

Analysts with VICAP, part of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, publicized a map in 2009 that showed more than 500 murder victims that were found along highways, and also names 200 potential suspects. The current version of that map lists more than 750 victims and almost 450 possible suspects. VICAP tracks these potential killers as they do their jobs, through gas-station receipts, trucking company logs, and other evidence. This helps them determine where the trucker was when a particular victim was killed.

Fleet Owner, a website for the owners of commercial trucking fleets, talked to Tod Burke, professor of criminal justice at Radford University in Virginia and a former Maryland police officer about the issue. Burke agrees that truck drivers would have an advantage when it comes to getting away with murder: “They have the means of transportation. They have the space … You could bring them [victims] into the truck. You could have activities with them in the truck, sexual or otherwise. You could go to another location and do a drop off.”


FBI Crime Analyst Christie Palazzolo. Photo: FBI.

In a blog post on the FBI’s website, they echo that statement, “A long-haul driver can pick up a prostitute at a truck stop in Georgia, rape and murder her, and dump her body on the side of the road in Florida later that day. The victim has no connection to the area where she was found, and there may be no forensic evidence to collect because the crime was committed hundreds of miles away.”

FBI Crime Analyst Christie Palazzolo emphasizes that the number of truckers on the road is only growing, so the potential for additional highway serial killings is definitely there.”

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  • Yvonne Lisa

    A truck driver that doesn’t leave some kind of DNA. is to good to be truck driving!

    • Anon

      They may leave DNA, but if they aren’t known criminals, with DNA samples on file, the crime scene DNA can’t be matched to anyone.

  • go4me77

    I already knew this. The FBI didn’t? Wow.

  • Emily Breland-Ford

    Why is the FBI publishing this information? Most clever people already know this, but why share it with the public?

    • Glenn Adams

      According to the FBI there is over 200,000 unsolved homicides in the USA since 1980. An aware citizenry is their most valuable investigative resource. The ‘I’m sorry I can’t release that info due to the integrity of the investigation’ is why there is over 200,000 homicides cold case in the USA.

    • Anon

      What is wrong with sharing this info? It doesn’t compromise any case, as it is general in nature. It may also be a deterrent to would-be serial killers who are currently truckers — they now know definitively that the FBI looks at this. And as Glenn A stated, “An aware citizenry is their most valuable investigative resource.” It is like those Most Wanted shows. You may ask why they are releasing the info, but many cold cases are solved this way.

  • O.G. Mann

    Said this back in the early 80’s.

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  • Dalton Jacobson

    I don’t think it’s a case of serial killers becoming truck drivers, but truck drivers becoming serial killers. These are crimes of opportunity being committed. Where your average psychopath might not act on murderous impulses because they fear being caught simply because of the close proximity to their homes, someone who is constantly on the move across the country might not have that same nagging fear. When you add in the fact that most of these truckers are isolated for long periods of time with boredom, where fantasies may be dwelled upon to the point where they eventually become reality…you see where this is going. I’ve read that long haul trucking has a way of breaking up marriages, which may feed into that deep hatred for women that we see in many of these prostitute serial killers. It’s somewhat of a perfect storm, turning your average crazy into a murdering psycho.

    • Anon

      good post

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