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.
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.
Robert Ben Rhoades has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 2 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Torture is when someone puts another person in pain. This pain may be physical or psychological. Tourturers touture their victims.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|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|
|Life Span:||1945 -|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♏ Scorpio |
Oct 23 - Nov 22
|Marital Status:||married three time|
|Children:||one son by his first wife|
|Living With:||himself, alone working as a truck driver|
|D.O.B.:||Nov 22, 1945|
|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|
|Highest School:||12 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||high school diploma|
|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|
|Cause of Death:||N/A|
|Killed In Prison:||N/A|
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.
|Nov 22 1945||Robert Ben Rhoades was born in Council Bluffs, City in Iowa. #19451122|
|Nov 22 1965|
|Robert Ben Rhoades started his serial killing spree. #1975|
|Nov 22 1975|
|Nov 22 1985|
|Robert Ben Rhoades ended his serial killing spree. #1990|
|Apr 01 1990|
|Robert Ben Rhoades arrested. #19900401|
|Sep 11 1992|
|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|
|Nov 22 2005|
|Nov 22 2015|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Robert Ben Rhoades (1975-1990).
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|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|
|kill at killers home||FALSE||320|
|kill at victims home||FALSE||323|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|totem personal item||FALSE||354|
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|1733630619||Serial Killer Rapists||Kevin Smith|| 266 Total Including |
Ramadan Abdel Rehim Mansour
|1250031923||The Highway||C. J. Box||Robert Ben Rhoades||1|
|0759528306||The Last Victim||Jason Moss|| 25 Total Including |
John Wayne Gacy
|0312970609||The Evil That Men Do||Stephen G. Michaud|| 3 Total Including |
Charles Ray Hatcher
|1494325896||Serial Killers True Crime...|| 5 Total Including |
| 4 Total Including |
|1555847978||Victim||Gary Kinder||Robert Ben Rhoades||1|
|0871137356||Victim||Gary Kinder||Robert Ben Rhoades||1|
|0786002212||Roadside Prey||Alva Busch||Robert Ben Rhoades||1|
|1981585575||The Truck Stop Killer||Ana Benson||Robert Ben Rhoades||1|
|0786030933||Rivers of Blood||Robert Scott||Robert Ben Rhoades||1|
|1438129882||The Encyclopedia of Kidna...||Michael Newton|| 14 Total Including |
New Bedford Highway Killer
|1438119143||The Encyclopedia of Unsol...||Michael Newton|| 29 Total Including |
|1623494575||Miles and Miles of Texas||Carol Dawson||Robert Ben Rhoades||1|
|1940018234||The Want-Ad Killer||Ann Rule|| 3 Total Including |
|1632200724||O.J. Is Innocent and I Ca...||William C. Dear||Robert Ben Rhoades||1|
|1351737562||The Psychology of Death I...||Katherine Ramsland|| 3 Total Including |
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.
Robert Ben Rhoades is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database