There are just some places where being alone is a bad idea. Swamps, deserts, deserted stretches of wilderness all come with their own challenges; venomous snakes and insects, dehydration, and starvation are all common hazards. However, some are bad because they are frequented by serial killers.
I-5 on the western coast of North America runs from Mexico to Canada. There are parts of it that are designated as scenic highway routes. There are also parts of it that are frequented by serial killers. At one time, there were more than 3 serial killers picking up victims or dumping victims on I-5 in California. Most of the victims were hitchhikers or motorists with car trouble. The confounding part was that with so many active serial killers working the same area, it was hard to connect victim to suspect. Since the 1980’s, it has gotten better, but it is still known as serial killer hunting grounds.
Highway 16 in Canada runs the entire length of the country. One section has earned the moniker “The Highway of Tears.” Over forty women have gone missing from this stretch of road over the years. And catching one killer, doesn’t mean they’ve caught them all. Actually, catching one killer means that they only caught one killer. Authorities have estimated that between 4 and 12 serial killers are working The Highway of Tears. Some have probably died, as the missing go back a couple of decades.
The Australian Outback is known to claim more victims than most. Crocodiles, snakes, and dingos account for a number of missing persons. As does the harsh and somewhat unpredictable climate which can have flash flooding, extreme heat, and extreme cold in a short span of time. It is also vast, so people get lost and die of starvation and dehydration. Unfortunately, that isn’t where it ends. Over the last couple of decades, a handful of known serial killers have specifically used the outback to their advantage. Worse, it’s hard to track serial killers hunting and disposing of victims in the region, because it is large and filled with scavengers. At one time, an official said that for every serial killer they knew about, there was at least one they didn’t. A scary prospect when you really think about it.