America of America is crisscrossed with highways. Based on the US Division of Transportation, America is roofed by over 264,000 kilometers (164,000 mi) of federal roads. Hundreds of thousands of Individuals transverse these roads on daily basis, and most fear about little or no throughout their commutes.
Nevertheless, freeway accidents stay a priority. Final yr, there have been 40,100 motorized vehicle fatalities in the US. Though this quantity represented a one-percent decline from the earlier yr, it’s nonetheless eye-opening that extra Individuals died on the highway final yr than died within the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan mixed.
The purpose of this record considerations one other kind of highway menace—the serial killer. Exceedingly uncommon, however very scary, serial killers have been abusing America’s roadways for the reason that 1950s. Within the late 1980s, one doable serial killer in Virginia claimed at the very least eight lives alongside a sure stretch of highway connecting the 2 traditionally necessary cities of Jamestown and Yorktown. These killings, referred to as the Colonial Parkway murders, stay unsolved.
10 The First Murders
The primary recorded murders related to this case occurred on the evening of October 9, 1986. On that date, 21-year-old Faculty of William & Mary pupil Rebecca Ann Dowski (left above) and 27-year-old Norfolk, Virginia, stockbroker Cathleen Marian Thomas (proper above) spent most of their time collectively at a pc lab with mates. Sooner or later throughout the evening, the 2 left the lab in an effort to discover a extra personal surroundings. For 3 days, the ladies have been thought of lacking.
Then, on October 12, a jogger having fun with some train alongside the York River noticed a white 1980 Honda Civic. The automotive belonged to Thomas. Contained in the automotive, the jogger noticed the grotesque sight of two corpses—Dowski and Thomas—that had been strangled and mutilated.
An subsequent post-mortem report on Dowski and Thomas discovered that each ladies have been strangled, had their wrists sure with rope, and had their throats slit. The post-mortem additionally discovered that the killer or killers had poured gasoline on the our bodies in an try to burn away proof. Neither had been sexually assaulted, and on condition that their purses have been discovered within the automotive, Virginia investigators dominated out theft as a motive.
9 Second Double Homicide
David Knobling, 20 years outdated, and Robin Edwards, age 14, have been final seen alive on September 19, 1987. This disappearance got here lower than a yr after the disappearance and homicide of Thomas and Dowski, and, identical to in that earlier case, the invention of Knobling and Edwards happened because of somebody discovering Knobling’s deserted automobile. This time, it was a black Ford Ranger, and it was discovered contained in the Ragged Island Wildlife Refuge. The truck was discovered with its driver’s facet door open and its radio on, and it nonetheless had the keys within the ignition.
Three days after this discovery, on September 23, a jogger was having fun with the marshland close to the James River. The jogger, Louis Ford, stood simply 1.6 kilometers (1 mi) from the refuge’s parking zone, and there, in a grassland path, he discovered the our bodies of Knobling and Edwards. Edwards had been shot at the back of the top execution-style. Knobling had additionally been shot within the head, however he additionally had a bullet wound in his shoulder. This second wound steered that Knobling had tried to flee his attacker or attackers.