ID Investigates: Killer Truckers
One-hour special premieres Tuesday, August 13 at 10/9c
ALL ROADS LEAD TO MURDER IN INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY'S NEW EXPOSÉ "ID INVESTIGATES: KILLER TRUCKERS"
(Silver Spring, MD) - Big rig drivers of America's interstates rule the roads and supply our lives, delivering everything from clothing and food to livestock and fuel. But for some asphalt cowboys, the highways provide more than a living. They serve as a hunting ground. With 25 former long-haul truckers serving time in America's prison system for serial murder, Investigation Discovery's all-new documentary special, ID INVESTIGATES: KILLER TRUCKERS takes a hard look at predators in the fast lane, illuminating a dark corner of America's mobile society, in which the open road can both hide and drive deadly intentions. ID INVESTIGATES: KILLER TRUCKERS premieres Tuesday, August 13 at 10/9 C on Investigation Discovery.
"ID INVESTIGATES: KILLER TRUCKERS exposes the dangerous underworld of an industry that remains incredibly important to commerce, today, in American society," said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Military Channel and Destination America. "We hope that this special serves as a reminder that while not every trucker is on the highway to hell, our open roads are, indeed, open to both good and evil."
While the vast majority of the trucking industry is made up of honest, hard-working Americans who go through painstaking measures to conduct themselves under a code of ethics and safety, the transient and solitary nature of the work can attract crooked characters. The anonymous lifestyle allows them to unleash pent-up demons between 11-hour stints and hightail it out of town before sunrise - like the sadistic serial killer who turned the sleeper birth of his truck into a torture chamber, keeping his victims chained for weeks at time before dumping their bodies roadside. And the killing doesn't always end on the road. One trucker, seen in his "World's Greatest Dad" cap during the day, would by night don a black feather face mask to prowl residential neighborhoods surrounding truck stops, armed with knives, Chinese throwing stars and choking wire. ID INVESTIGATES: KILLER TRUCKERS pulls back the curtain to explore contributing forces and environments that breed criminality along our nation's highways through the lens of four distinct stories of tragedy, including:
- John Robert Williams was already sentenced to life in jail for committing a violent murder in Mississippi when a segment on America's Most Wanted led to a tip that broke open multiple unsolved highway murders incorporating his MO. When questioned by law enforcement, he was forthcoming... perhaps too forthcoming? Could Williams be the I-40 serial killer, or was he a serial confessor whose years on the road left him begging for attention?
- Robert Ben Rhoades, a 40-year-old trucker, was being apprehended during a standard traffic stop in Arizona when a state trooper found a woman bound and gagged in the sleeper of his truck. Calm, cool, and collected, Rhoades went in for questioning, claiming the sex was consensual. But a search of his truck and apartment revealed only more horrors, including bloody torture kits and a deepening mystery about a beautiful young girl captured on rolls of film. When the decomposed body of 14-year-old runaway Regina Walters is found in a barn hundreds of miles away, the case against Rhoades barrels to its inevitable conclusion.
- Thirty-six-year-old ex-marine Wayne Adam Ford was considered a polite man that kept himself far away from society. After suffering a head injury and a bitter divorce, trucking provided a new start, Ford's chance to stay in the right lane. But the gig led to a dangerous journey, driving him far left - dead left. Ford shocked his friends and family when he turned himself in to the local police station, claiming to be responsible for a series of murders. To prove his guilt, Ford brought forth evidence: a woman's severed breast. In custody, Ford pointed out several sites along his trucking route where he dumped body parts belonging to the women he murdered.
- Adam Leroy Lane is what criminologists call a thrill killer. He would park his truck and go into residential neighborhoods in search of victims. In a two-week killing spree, Lane had two murders under his belt and was caught trying to commit a third. Exotic knives, full face masks, and a DVD on hunting humans were found in his truck. A family man with no prior arrest or convictions, the discovery that Lane was a killer was shocking to those who knew him.
ID INVESTIGATES: KILLER TRUCKERS is produced by Creative Differences Productions with Erik Nelson and Dave Harding as executive producer. For Investigation Discovery, Eugenie Vink is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is group president.