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    OK-AR-TX-MS - Highway Serial Killings, South, I-40

    Between August 9, 1999, and January 2, 2002, there were four suspicious deaths of Lawton, Oklahoma residents. The victims were four white females who were picked up in Lawton while possibly working as prostitutes along the Cache Road portion of town. Their nude bodies were discovered in rural areas surrounding Lawton. Even though they appeared to have been contacted in Lawton, their remains were recovered in the surrounding counties of Comanche, Stephens, and Jefferson. Twenty-nine year old Jane Chafton was last seen alive on August 9, 1999, and was found four days later near Velma, Oklahoma in Stephens County. Twenty-five year old Cassandra Ramsey was last seen October 10, 1999, and her skeletal remains were discovered March 22, 2000, off a bridge along a rural road in Jefferson County. Mandy Raite, 25 years old, was last seen on June 15, 2000, and her body found in rural Comanche County two days later. Finally, 29 year old Janice Buono was last seen sometime around the 1st of January, 2002, and her body was also discovered in rural Comanche County on February 23, 2002. Although there were no obvious signs of trauma to the bodies, agents consider the deaths extremely suspicious and are continuing to investigate the cases under the assumption that foul play was involved.

    http://www.osbi.state.ok.us/Investig...olvedCases.htm

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    Although there were no obvious signs of trauma to the bodies
    Have they ever determined a cause of death for the four?
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    There are several women missing from Oklahoma City/North Texas area who were prostitutes or believed to be whose bodies have been found. The general theory on some of them is that a trucker is picking up women at truck stops and dumping the bodies later on. Possibly someone who drives along I-35??

    The link below has some basic info on these other missing women. I remembered them because one of the bodies was found in Grapevine, Texas, not too far from my hometown.



    http://www.geocities.com/verbal_plai...ervictims.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by reportertype
    There are several women missing from Oklahoma City/North Texas area who were prostitutes or believed to be whose bodies have been found. The general theory on some of them is that a trucker is picking up women at truck stops and dumping the bodies later on. Possibly someone who drives along I-35??

    The link below has some basic info on these other missing women. I remembered them because one of the bodies was found in Grapevine, Texas, not too far from my hometown.



    http://www.geocities.com/verbal_plai...ervictims.html
    I know about this. It has been going on for many years. I truly believe this is a trucker serial killer, just like Keith Jesperson (the happy face killer).

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    I just found this link in another thread.

    http://crime.about.com/b/a/188407.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by reportertype
    I just found this link in another thread.

    http://crime.about.com/b/a/188407.htm
    There are several threads on here about these victims if you are interested. I have heard that it is suspected that there are several serial killers who are truckers, in the US. The problem is, because they are so mobile, the victims in so many jurisdictions, that by the time the murders and disappearances are connected, the perps have left the area or were never noticed to have been there.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew
    There are several threads on here about these victims if you are interested. I have heard that it is suspected that there are several serial killers who are truckers, in the US. The problem is, because they are so mobile, the victims in so many jurisdictions, that by the time the murders and disappearances are connected, the perps have left the area or were never noticed to have been there.
    Have any of you heard of Mark Roland Stallings? I ran across a mention of him in an archived newspaper article, which stated he was being looked at by law enforcement regarding some murders near the Houston, Texas area. I'm going to do some digging and see if I can find anything else about him.

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    Thanks mysteriew. I will look up those other threads.

    I completely agree with you. It's smart on their part because it's difficult to make any connection between these guys and the victim.

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    I wasn't able to find much about Mark Roland Stallings. He confessed to killing at least six women and dumping their bodies along I-45. However, I just received an e-mail from the League City, Texas police department. They had considered Stallings to be a prime suspect in four unsolved homicides in their town. All four bodies were dumped in the same area. Unfortunately, they could not substantiate Stallings' claim, and had no physical evidence to connect him to those crimes.

    I don't know if he traveled much into Oklahoma, but I'll try to find out. It doesn't appear Stallings was a trucker, so it's unlikely he is involved in these murders.

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    Truck Stop Serial Killings

    Inmate may be connected to 7 women's deaths

    Texas investigator questions convict about truck-stop abductions.

    A Texas investigator visited Mississippi last month to once again interview a state inmate possibly linked to the serial killings of seven women believed abducted from truck stops in several states during 2003 and 2004.

    About two years ago, investigators from a multi-state task force came to Mississippi to question John Robert Williams and his girlfriend, Rachel Cumberland, of Carthage in relation to the slayings of seven female victims.

    In a case unrelated to those killings, Williams, 30, is serving a life sentence at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. He pleaded guilty in 2004 to the kidnapping and shooting death of Neshoba County resident Nikki Hill, whom he and Cumberland met at a casino. Cumberland, 37, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case and is serving a 20-year sentence.


    It was reported two years ago that Williams and Cumberland could face charges in Lafayette County in the death of an Oklahoma City woman whose body was found Aug. 20, 2003, off the Tallahatchie River Bridge. But those charges have not been filed.


    The Texas case involves the death of Casey Jo Pipestem, 19, a member of the Seminole tribe, whose body was found in January 2004 off a bridge in Grapevine. She last had been seen alive at an Oklahoma City truck stop.


    On June 4, 2005, Pipestem's case and those of the other women were included on the television show America's Most Wanted.

    Williams had been a long-haul truck driver, and Cumberland often accompanied him on trips, according to authorities.

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    I remember reading a book about "Truck stop Killings" it scared the crap out of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michelle View Post
    I remember reading a book about "Truck stop Killings" it scared the crap out of me.
    My brother is an UPS long haul truck driver and he has commented to us many times how some women are taking such high risk by hanging around truck stops. Sadly many of them are doing so to prostitute themselves. At one time he said a trucker couldn't even get out of their truck door or get back in because some women would literally hang on the door wanting to negotiate a sex deal or get a ride. He has said that at times there has been heated words exchanged to make them move off the truck.

    Most reputable trucking companies do not allowed their drivers to carry any passengers but then you have the independents and smaller companies who's rules are more lax and it then becomes nothing but a "preying field" in these truck stops and is the perfect setup for serial killers to strike. They nab a willing subject that in their deluded mind they see as being worthless and subject them to rape/torture and murder and then move on out of town. If they get away with it once they will do it again until caught.

    Thank goodness my brother has told us that in the last few years law enforcement is more readily seen and tries to deter these women from hanging around these type of places. However LE cant be everywhere at all times and the serial killer knows that very well.

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    You'd think that the truck stops could afford to hire a few security guards to work the truck parking areas if they really wanted to slow down the prostitution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txsvicki View Post
    You'd think that the truck stops could afford to hire a few security guards to work the truck parking areas if they really wanted to slow down the prostitution.
    I think some of them do have security guards now but the thing is if they move them out of one area then they seem to congregate in other areas..........like rest stops.

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    Along highways, signs of serial killings

    Apologies if this has already been posted.

    I find this terrifying. Not the least because no one seems to want to give any information to the travelling public.

    In the past four decades, 459 deaths and 41 attempted homicides are believed to be linked to serial killers who are using the nation's highways to find and dispose of their victims.
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    During the past four decades, at least 459 people may have died at the hands of highway serial killers, FBI statistics show. Investigators do not know how many people may be responsible for the killings but at least one such case — of murder, attempted murder or unidentified human remains — has been reported in 48 states, along roads as far north as Alaska and as far south as Key West.
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    Even so, the FBI won't divulge the names of the victims, the dates the victims were abducted or discovered, even the locations where the killers either found their victims or dumped the bodies — places motorists might wish to avoid.
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...tm?csp=usat.me

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    That's a great article and I'm pleased it was in USA Today as so many travelers read that paper. I checked and found the link for the FBI's info page about this initiative:

    http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2009...yserial_040609

    This cuts close to home for me as I live on the I-5 corridor and my daughter is trafficked up and down the corridor each day. My prayers go out to those victims and to the families left wondering.

    I'm certainly still wondering and waiting.

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    Canada has one (or more) operating here:

    http://www.highwayoftears.ca/links.htm


    I think I met him. I think he tried to pick me up.

    And I looked at the time very much like one of the people on this list, and the place he tried to pick me up is probably within a block or two of where Shelly-Ann Bacsu was last seen.

    I didn't know that at the time. I found out later. I was living there for part of the year in 1999/2000. Not the only guy who has tried to pick me up, but he sure stuck with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    That's a great article and I'm pleased it was in USA Today as so many travelers read that paper. I checked and found the link for the FBI's info page about this initiative:

    http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2009...yserial_040609

    This cuts close to home for me as I live on the I-5 corridor and my daughter is trafficked up and down the corridor each day. My prayers go out to those victims and to the families left wondering.

    I'm certainly still wondering and waiting.
    I'm so sorry about your daughter, MissIzzy. You're an amazing woman, that's all I can say.
    The other night, you provided me with a link to a February, 2008, case where the bodies of two women were found in Mississippi in the same week just south of Memphis along the I-40 corridor. (The thread is here in the Missing Unidentified forum. http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...pi+dismembered )

    The deaths turned out to be unrelated. One was killed by her live-in boyfriend (horrible case). The second was found near Sardis Dam just off I-55 about 50-ish miles south of the I-40/I-55 junction in Memphis. A member who lives in the area posted that other bodies had been found in the area over the previous few years.

    Anyway, it would seem these murders are among the rash of possible serial killings along the I-40 corridor as mentioned in the article you posted. It would be nice to have all related information in one thread. I'm not sure how we'd set that up. Separate threads for Truck Stop Serial Killings East and Truck Stop Serial Killings West? And one for Canada, too.
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    I think Bessie might be onto something. Isn't this what websleuths is for? Linkinng crimes, ferreting out clues? If the people in charge of the task force are going to be close-mouthed with the details, why shouldn't we try to do our own sleuthing? Moderators?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anneinchicago View Post
    Apologies if this has already been posted.

    I find this terrifying. Not the least because no one seems to want to give any information to the travelling public.

    and

    and

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...tm?csp=usat.me
    The thought of a serial killer is terrifying. I think that is why they hold such interest. But surprisingly most people are in more danger from people they trust than from a serial killer, or ever a random murder.
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    FBI's hunt for highway serial killers started in Oklahoma
    The FBI's Highway Serial Killing initiative got its start in Oklahoma. Seven women connected to the state were found dead along roadways in 2003 and 2004. State investigators provided the information that led to the FBI's nationwide investigation.

    Good article from Sunday Oklahoman along with list (below) of highway killer victims with OK connections

    http://newsok.com/fbis-hunt-for-high...rticle/3503019

    • Margaret Gardner, 47, of Memphis, Tenn., found in Arkansas on July 11, 2003
    • Jennifer Hyman, 24, of Oklahoma City, found in Mississippi on Aug. 20, 2003
    • Sandra Beard, 43, last seen alive near Interstate 40 and Morgan Road, found in McIntosh County on Sept. 18, 2003.
    • Vickie Anderson, 44, last seen alive near Sayre, found in Texas on Oct. 16, 2003.
    • Sandra Richardson, 39, of Oklahoma City, found in Okfuskee County on Nov. 22, 2003.
    • Patsy Leonard, 23, found in Pottawatomie County on Jan. 1, 2004.
    • Casey Jo Pipestem, 19, of Oklahoma City, found in Texas on Jan. 31, 2004

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    OK-AR-TX-MS I-40 Highway Serial Killings

    April 6, 2009

    In 2004, an analyst from the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation detected a crime pattern: the bodies of murdered women were being dumped along the Interstate 40 corridor in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
    The analyst and a police colleague from the Grapevine, Texas Police Department referred these cases to our Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, or ViCAP, where our analysts looked at other records in our database to see if there were similar patterns of highway killings elsewhere.
    Turns out there were. So we launched an extensive effort to support our state and local partners with open investigations into highway murders.
    Today, we’re publicly announcing our Highway Serial Killings initiative to raise awareness among law enforcement agencies and the general public about this issue and our unique assistance on these cases.
    FBI Highway Serial Killings Initiative
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