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Serial Killers Who Drove Cabs Or Worked For Car Services

There are plenty of real-life examples where killers were also car service drivers. Cabbie serial killers feed their insatiable hunger for death by posing as people trying to make an honest living. They don't care about getting 5 stars on Uber, they only care about picking up their next victim. Climbing in the backseat of a stranger's car is always a risk, and most people who work in the transportation industry aren't trying to kill you, but there are some out there hoping to take advantage of patrons. 

  • Gowri Shankar - The Rickshaw Killer

    Photo: J. Miers / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    This Indian serial killer began his life of crime as a rickshaw driver. Gowri Shankar used his mobile business to transport illicit items from city to city, including sex workers. He killed six people and disposed of at least one of the bodies by cremating them and driving their remains to the Bay of Bengal. 

    After his arrest, he was hanged for his crimes. He was known in India as Auto Shankar because of his profession as a cabbie. 

  • Photo: Florida Department of Corrections / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Paul Durousseau is a serial killer who murdered five women between 1997 and 2003. His victims, two of whom were pregnant, were killed in Georgia and Florida.

    Durousseau was killing prior to his job with Gator City Taxi in 2003.

    He was sentenced to death and remains on death row in Florida. 

  • Jason Dalton - The Uber Killer

    Video: YouTube

    In February 2016, an Uber driver from Kalamazoo, MI, named Jason Dalton was arrested for driving around and killing people as he picked up various fares.

    Between killings, he picked up at least one rider. News reports said one rider called 911 when Dalton started driving erratically. 

    All in all, Dalton killed six people and injured two others, all of whom the police believe to be unconnected. He pleaded guilty to all charges.

  • Jesse Matthew Jr., The Cabbie Who Killed College Girls

    Video: YouTube

    Jesse Matthew Jr. killed two college students from Virginia while working as a cabbie in the area. Police say Matthew killed Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham, two students who went missing in 2009 and 2014, respectively. 

    Matthew abducted the women and then brutally murdered them, eventually leaving their remains in a rural areas near their college towns.