Long Haul: Hunting the Highway Serial Killers
"A true-crime masterpiece." —Don Winslow, #1 bestselling author of The Force, The Cartel, and City on Fire
From the FBI’s former assistant director, a shocking journey to the dark side of America’s highways, revealing the FBI Highway Serial Killings Initiative’s hunt for the long-haul truckers behind an astonishing 850 murders–and rising.
In 2004, the FBI was tipped off to a gruesome pattern of unsolved murders along American roadways. Today at least 850 homicides have been linked to a solitary breed of predators: long-haul truck drivers. They have been given names like the “Truck Stop Killer,” who rigged a traveling torture chamber in the rear of his truck and is suspected to have killed fifty women, and “The Interstate Strangler,” who once answered a phone call from his mother while killing one of his dozen victims. The crisis was such that the FBI opened a special unit, the Highway Serial Killings Initiative. In many cases, the victims—often at-risk women—are picked up at truck stops in one jurisdiction, sexually assaulted and murdered in another, and dumped along a highway in a third place. The transient nature of the offenders and multiple jurisdictions involved make these cases incredibly difficult to solve.
Based on his own on-the-ground research and drawing on his twenty-five-year career as an FBI special agent, Frank Figliuzzi investigates the most terrifying cases. He also rides in a big-rig with a long-haul trucker for thousands of miles, gaining an intimate understanding of the life and habits of drivers and their roadside culture. And he interviews the courageous trafficked victims of these crimes, and their inspiring efforts to now help others avoid similar fates.
Long Haul is a gripping exploration of a violent, disordered world hiding in plain sight, and the heroes racing to end the horror. It will forever unsettle how you travel on the road.
Praise for Long Haul: Hunting the Highway Serial Killers
"This is a true crime masterpiece. Figliuzzi combines his career FBI agent’s pursuit of investigative detail, with a journalism-like level of research and story-telling." — Don Winslow, #1 bestselling author of The Force, The Cartel, and City on Fire
“In his groundbreaking new book, former FBI special agent Frank Figliuzzi does the digging that few in law enforcement have done: he spent countless hours on the road with truckers, examining the dark underbelly of long-haulers who prey on women and girls – and the online sex trafficking culture surrounding these crimes that is a nationwide epidemic. Figliuzzi’s work highlights how sex traffickers exploit the weaknesses of local police – and what an elite FBI unit is now doing to combat it.” — Julie K. Brown, Miami Herald investigative journalist and author of Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story
"Figliuzzi takes us on a frightening and compelling journey on America’s highways, where serial killers have been hunting vulnerable prey and law enforcers seek to catch them. A revealing look at something most Americans would never guess: as many as 800 murder victims are believed to be traced to a tiny subset of long-haul truckers who have turned into isolated sociopaths and stealthy killers." — Carol Leonnig, Washington Post investigative reporter, four-time Pulitzer Prize winner, #1 bestselling author of Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service
“Long Haul is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Figliuzzi is an amazing writer whose real-life characters seem to leap out of a Hollywood movie script. As Frank rides shotgun in a semi driving cross country, we learn a hidden world of truck driving serial killers, the heartbreaking stories of their victims, and the men and women who have dedicated their lives to finding and stopping them. This is the underbelly of a world we would otherwise never know.” — John Miller, former NYPD Deputy Commissioner and CNN Chief Criminal Justice and Intelligence Analyst
“Frank’s finger is on the pulse of a visceral fear every woman who has ever driven alone on a dark highway has felt: danger. In Long Haul he shines his unflinching spotlight on the voiceless victims of human trafficking whose gruesome murders at the hands of long haul truckers and members of their subculture too often go unsolved. This first hand and expert account reads like a season of True Detective and will forever change your experience and awareness on America’s highways.” — Nicolle Wallace, Host, Deadline White House, MSNBC; former Communications Director for President George W. Bush
“[A] blend of thorough research and immersive storytelling. ... fascinating.” — Publishers Weekly