The Pennsylvania Turnpike Phantom Killer: John Wesley Wable

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On a July morning in 1953, truck driver Lester Woodward was found just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike slumped over in his cab, dead from a gunshot wound to his head. Three days later, another truck driver, Harry Pitts, was found murdered in similar fashion, with ballistics confirming that it was the same gun. Fear spread among the trucker community as many armed themselves and troopers began to patrol sleeping drivers. After a third shooting in Ohio, near the end of the turnpike, national media began referring to the killer as the “Turnpike Phantom.” Police leads led to John Wesley Wable as the suspect, and despite leading cops on a wild chase in New Mexico, he was arrested and tried for murder. Author Richard Gazarik details the bloody crimes, harrowing manhunt, intense trial and eventual execution of Pennsylvania’s Turnpike Phantom Killer.
ISBN: 9781467151603
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: True Crime
Images: 32
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Richard Gazarik is a former journalist turned author. He lives in Western Pennsylvania. This is his sixth book.
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