Haunted Highways

“In 2009, the F.B.I. undertook its Highway Serial Killings Initiative to coordinate investigations into the hundreds of unsolved highway murders in its databank. The map issued by the initiative, indicating bodies clustered at transfer roads all along the interstate network, looks like the M.R.I. of an advanced case of arterial disease. If there is, as Strand suggests, something sick about the rampant growth of the nation’s highway system and the blighted landscapes it leaves in its wake, the “new and insidious kind of serial killer” she’s writing about here seems an appropriate metaphor for that systemic ­disease.

Above graph from Marilyn Stasio’s review of Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate by Ginger Strand in last Sunday’s NYT Book Review.

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