Robert Ben Rhoades

The Truck Stop Killer

  Active for 16 years
(1975-1990) in United States

3

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

50

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 11 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 16 Books About Robert Ben Rhoades
  14. 4 External References
  15. Internal References

Robert Ben Rhoades an American serial killer and rapist who was known as the Truck Stop Killer. Rhoades was convicted of murdering three women in Texas and Illinois between 1989 and 1990. He is suspected of the torture rape and the murder of more than fifty women between 1975 and 1990. He would target on hitchhikers and truck stop sex workers. He was known to take photos of some of his victims, he strangled at least one and shot at least one victim. In 1990, Rhodes was arrested in Arizona for the assault, rape and unlawful imprisonment of an intended victim, the victim survived. In 1992, Rhoades was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without parole at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois.

Robert Ben Rhoades Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Robert Ben Rhoades (aka) The Truck Stop Killer, was active for 16 years between 1975-1990, known to have ( 3 confirmed / 50 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Robert Ben Rhoades was born on November 22nd 1945 in Council Bluffs, City in Iowa. He was born 2nd of 4 children and raised by both parents. He was raised as a middle child and had three brothers or sisters. His father, an unnamed former soldier in the U.S. Army who was arrested for molesting a 12-year-old girl in 1964. His mother, an unnamed woman, a homemaker.

Robert Ben Rhoades a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He completed 12 years of school, received a high school diploma. He married three time. He had one son by his first wife.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, and served time in jail.

In 1975 (Age 29/30) Robert Ben Rhoades started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to torture, strangle, rape, and murder his victims. Robert Ben Rhoades used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone working as a truck driver, where he was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on April 1st 1990 (Age 44), convicted on September 11th 1992 (Age 46), sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois, US. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Profile Completeness: 86%
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Robert Ben Rhoades has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 10 months ago.

Robert Ben Rhoades a known:

Robert Ben Rhoades
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-05-13 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Robert Ben Rhoades
Nickname: The Truck Stop Killer
Victims: 3 - 50
Years Active: 1975 - 1990
Ages Active: 29/30 - 44/45
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1945 -     
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Oct 23 - Nov 22
Birth Month: November
Marital Status: married three time
Children: one son by his first wife
Living With: himself, alone working as a truck driver
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Nov 22, 1945
Given Name: Robert
Birth Location: Council Bluffs, City in Iowa
Birth Order: 2nd of 4
Siblings: three brothers or sisters
Raised By: both parents
Birth Category: middle child
Mother: an unnamed woman, a homemaker
Father: an unnamed former soldier in the U.S. Army who was arrested for molesting a 12-year-old girl in 1964

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 12 years of school
Highest Degree: high school diploma

Incarceration
Arrested: Apr 1, 1990 (Age 44)
Convicted: Sep 11, 1992 (Age 46)
Sentence: life imprisonment without the possibility of parole
Prison Location: the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
11 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Robert Ben Rhoades

The 11 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Nov 22 1945Robert Ben Rhoades was born in Council Bluffs, City in Iowa.  #19451122
Nov 22 1965
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1975
(Age 29/30)
Robert Ben Rhoades started his serial killing spree. #1975
Nov 22 1975
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Nov 22 1985
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
1990
(Age 44/45)
Robert Ben Rhoades ended his serial killing spree. #1990
Apr 01 1990
(Age 44)
Robert Ben Rhoades arrested. #19900401
Sep 11 1992
(Age 46)
Robert Ben Rhoades was convictedand sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois, US.  #19920911
Nov 22 1995
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Nov 22 2005
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Nov 22 2015
(Age 70)
70th Birthday

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ANSWERED
Serial Killer
Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
previous crimes TRUE 366
previous jail TRUE 351
used weapon TRUE 452
used gun TRUE 450
rape TRUE 451
torture TRUE 425
bound TRUE 405
strangle TRUE 441
living with children FALSE 268
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
problems in school FALSE 221
teased in school FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
physically abused FALSE 231
psychologically abused FALSE 224
sexually abused FALSE 226
kill at killers home FALSE 319
kill at victims home FALSE 322
stalk FALSE 417
blindfold FALSE 362
sex with body FALSE 429
mutilated FALSE 446
ate part of body FALSE 450
drank blood FALSE 441
posed body FALSE 364
totem body part FALSE 364
totem personal item FALSE 353
robbed FALSE 417


Books that Mention Robert Ben Rhoades

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Book: The Last Victim (mentions serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades)
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Book: Roadside Prey (mentions serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades)
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16 Books that mention Serial Killer
Robert Ben Rhoades

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
1250031923 The Highway 1
0759528306 The Last Victim 25
0312970609 The Evil That Men Do 3
1494325896 Serial Killers True Crime... 4
1555847978 Victim 1
0871137356 Victim 1
0786002212 Roadside Prey 1
1981585575 The Truck Stop Killer 1
0786030933 Rivers of Blood 1
1438129882 The Encyclopedia of Kidna... 14
1438119143 The Encyclopedia of Unsol... 29
1623494575 Miles and Miles of Texas 1
1940018234 The Want-Ad Killer 3
1632200724 O.J. Is Innocent and I Ca... 1
1351737562 The Psychology of Death I... 3

Robert Ben Rhoades (born November 22, 1945), also known as The Truck Stop Killer, is an American serial killer and rapist. He was convicted for three murders, and slated to be tried for two more before charges were dropped due to the wishes of victims' families.

Wikipedia
External References
  1. Robert Ben Rhoades on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 18, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Robert Ben RHOADES on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 18, 2018.
  3. Sarah Stallard, Kelsey Lawson, Robert Ben Rhoades on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Sep 18, 2018.
  4. Q20685299 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
Internal References

Robert Ben Rhoades is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #42 of 43[ Page 3 ] of Scorpio Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  2. #50 of 51[ Page 4 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in November
  3. #84 of 88[ Page 6 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #91 of 651[ Page 7 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  5. #171 of 651[ Page 12 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  6. #236 of 249[ Page 16 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #292 of 305[ Page 20 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #302 of 327[ Page 21 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  9. #495 of 651[ Page 33 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  10. #611 of 651[ Page 41 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
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