Robert Ben Rhoades

Robert Ben Rhoades (born November 22, 1945), also known as The Truck Stop Killer, is a serial killer and rapist and a native of Council Bluffs. From 1975 to 1990 he is believed to have tortured, raped, and killed more than 50 women, although he has only three confirmed victims.

Rhoades became notorious for the truck he drove. He converted the sleeper cab into his own personal torture chamber. Rhoades is believed to have first killed in November 1989.

In the early morning of April 1, 1990, Officer Mike Miller of the Arizona Highway Patrol found a truck at the side of I-10 with its hazard lights on. When he investigated inside the cab, he discovered a nude woman, handcuffed and screaming. After failing to talk his way out of the situation, Rhoades was arrested and later charged with aggravated assault, sexual assault, and unlawful imprisonment.

In 1994, Robert Ben Rhoades was convicted of the first degree murder of Regina Kay Walters and sentenced to life without parole at Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois. Rhoades later was extradited to Texas for the murder of Candace Walsh and Douglas Zyskowski where Rhoades, in a deal where the DA agreed to drop the death penalty, pleaded guilty to their deaths and received a life sentence in Texas.

Rhoades was still alive as of August 2018 and serving out his sentence in Illinois.