Larry Eyler might not be roaming the streets any longer, but when he was young men and boys were in danger. Known as the Highway Killer and the Interstate Killer, his murderous spree crossed several state lines before he was finally apprehended.
Born in 1952, Eyler worked as a house painter and was active in the gay community. Some described him as being hot headed and violent. However, it is unlikely that most men saw the depth of his rage. When he died in 1994, it was due to AIDS rather than the penal system.
Larry Eyler told his attorney about the murders of more than a dozen men (which is why you need an estate plan), though she could not release the list until after his death. He had penned it in hopes of negotiating a plea deal.
It is believed that he was ashamed of his homosexuality as much as he enjoyed it. Unfortunately, he turned his rage and shame onto others, sometimes with force. While not convicted of rape itself, the murderer was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping in relation to some of his victims.
His murderous spree was much shorter than many others that you might have heard of. The almost two dozen murders committed by Eyler took place in 1982-1984. While he might have thought that traveling to new states would keep the heat off of him, that didn’t occur. Although Indianapolis authorities charged him with the death of Steven Agan in 1982, he was back on the streets thanks to a plea bargain.
Additional victims continued to be found by police in Kentucky and Indiana. In total, he murdered young men in five different states before being caught. He was a person of interest in some investigations, but authorities were having trouble actually tying him to any of the murders.
Although he attempted to sue the sheriff’s office for harassment and using psychological warfare to drive him crazy, the case was dismissed. Evidence they had collected during a vehicle search was not allowed in a case filed against him and detectives thought they were going to lose the case.
However, a skittish dog led to remains of one of his victims and his subsequent arrest and incarceration. While he identified an accomplice for at least four of his murders, the man was acquitted on all charges due to lack of evidence. Eyler died in 1994 having confessed more than 20 murders to his attorney.