Sunday, April 05, 2009

Stranger (and scarier) than fiction

OK, I have to admit: The first thing I thought when I heard about this L.A. Times story is: "Gosh, this sounds like the plot for a new movie -- with maybe another kick-ass role for Diane Lane. But then I got past the headline -- "FBI database links long-haul truckers, serial killings" -- and actually read the story. And now... well, just say that I will think twice before stopping at a truck stop any time soon. And I damn sure will recommend to all my female friends and relations that they never stop at a truck stop. Seriously. Consider this money quote:

"Authorities said they do not have statistics on whether driving trucks ranks high on the list of occupations of known serial killers. But the pattern in roadside body dumps and other evidence has prompted many investigators to speculate that the mobility, lack of supervision and access to potential victims that come with the job make it a good cover for someone inclined to kill. 'You've got a mobile crime scene,' one investigator said. 'You can pick a girl up on the East Coast, kill her two states away and then dump her three states after that.'"

That loud clickety-clack noise you hear resounding throughout the Hollywood area today is the sound of scriptwriters spinning those facts into fiction...

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