Last week, a suspected serial killer, Bruce Mendenhall, was arrested in Tennessee by police who noticed his truck matched a description of a murder suspects truck. I post twice on this so far: Bruce Mendenhall – Truck Stop Killer and *possible suspect in Tammy Zywicki murder from 1992*. Inside his truck (a semi-truck, he is a long haul type driver), apparently there is a “treasure trove” of evidence, including alot of blood splatter. Apparently Mr. Mendenhall was either not too clean, did not care if he got caught, or, just as likely, he may have just recently murdered and did not have a chance to clean up properly (I am guessing he does not watch CSI to know that not cleaning up with at least some bleach would have been a good thing). He has allegedly confessed to 6 murders of women found mainly at truck stops in 4 states. Timeline
Other states are also looking at him for several murders. And a couple of those do appear to be serious contenders for him. One I posted on previously, Tammy Zywicki appears to be one of those cases. If this is the case, Tammy may have been his first victim. The FBI wants to talk to Bruce about her murder, too. FBI probes for link between possible serial killer, Zywicki and, of course, her family wants to know too. Families of other unsolved murders are wondering too if their loved one is one of his victims, such as Jennifer Smith 1 and Jennifer Smith 2. Also, Andrea Hendrix-Steinert , who was murdered a decade ago. And so many more, I am sure.
Many people are wondering, just Who Is Bruce Mendenhall A good question. He is a 56 year old truck driver, married, with 2 adult daughters. He once even Ran for Mayor! Talk about having skeletons in your closet! This time, it is for real. His neighbors are of course stunned (aren’t they always?). They say he was strange, but not mean or non-friendly. Just strange. So I figure he was not a hit at block parties, if he even went. I am guessing he was very stand-offish with neighbors, if he even said hello it would be alot for him.
So far I believe he has only been charged with the murder of Sara Nicole Hulbert, but I am sure in the next couple of weeks there will be more charges, and not just in TN. I do not know if there is any DNA evidence, but there is some kinds of “witness” evidence (to him being in the area, etc.) and of course, there is the confession. It is interesting to see that he confessed to 6 when he was only the suspect in 1 at the time.
Possible victims so far: (remember, some of these are only possible victims)
Deborah Ann Glover [1/29/07 Suwanee, GA] *confessed to*
Sherry Drinkard [2/26/07 Lake Station, IN] *confessed to*
Symantha Winters [6/06/07 Lebanon, TN] *confessed to*
Sara Nicole Hulbert [6/26/07 Nashville, TN] *confessed to*
Lucille Carter [7/01/07 Birmingham, AL] *confessed to*
Jennifer Annette Smith [4/05 Bucksnort, TN] *confessed to* I believe
Tammy Zywicki [8/23/92 Lawrence County, MO]
Latisha Milliken [missing since 2/07 Millersville, TN]
Tanya Estep (Robbins) [missing since 10/06 Millersville, TN]
Andrea Hendrix-Steinert [10/29/97 Evansville, IN]
Dusty Shuck [5/06 Mount Airy, MD]
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