Number of victims: 3+
Date of murders: 1989 - 1990
Method of murder: Strangulation / Shooting
Location: Texas / Illinois
A long haul trucker with a taste for sexual sadism, Robert Ben Rhoades toured the country with a fully equipped torture chamber in his rig. He first came to police attention after he was arrested while parked illegally beside a road in Arizona on April 1, 1990. As the State trooper approached his truck to write up the infraction, a naked woman suddenly jumped from the vehicle and ran towards him screaming for help. She said that Rhoades had held her prisoner over a period of two days, raping and torturing her.
Taken into custody, Rhoades insisted that the woman had agreed to the sex games and that he had done no wrong. However, as detectives began to look into his background, some startling facts began to emerge, linking Rhoades to several unsolved murders. Among those were the killings of 14-year-old Regina Kay Walters and her boyfriend, Ricky Lee Jones. Rhoades was also implicated in the murders of Douglas Scott Zyskowski, 25, and his wife Patricia Candace Walsh, 24. Another victim definitely linked to him was 24-year-old Candace Walsh, whose badly decomposed body was found by deer hunters 22 miles south of Fillmore in October 1990.
However, police believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg. Rhoades was known to boast that he’d been “doing this for years and getting away with it.”
Convicted eventually for the murder of Regina Kay Walters, Rhoades was sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole.