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Minor Character: Las Vegas
John Himmel
Name John Himmel
Gender Male
Family Unnamed girlfriend
City Las Vegas
Occupation Truck driver
Pathology Serial Killer
Abductor
Modus Operandi Strangulation
No. of Victims 4 killed
1 abducted
Status Incarcerated
Portrayed By Ray Proscia
First Appearance I-15 Murders

John Himmel is a traveling misogynistic truck driver and serial killer who appeared in Season One of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Background[]

Almost nothing about Himmel is revealed (even his name is only revealed in the credits) other than that he worked as a refrigerated truck driver and had a girlfriend, who became an accomplice to his crimes. In 2000, he started abducting women from supermarkets along Interstate 15, his travel route, and killing them, storing their bodies in a freezer in the truck. He had his girlfriend leave messages in the bathrooms of each mall, telling the authorities how many victims he had claimed and challenging them to catch him.

Season One[]

I-15 Murders[]

The Las Vegas crime lab caught onto his crimes in 2001, when he abducted Margaret Shorey from Marty's Market in Las Vegas. They made the connection to his previous crimes through a message he left on a stall in the market's restroom: "I've killed 5 women. Catch me if you can?". When the body of his third victim, Joan Sims, is found on a roadside and turns out to have been frozen, Grissom and Catherine realize that he drives a refrigerated truck. After narrowing down the number of trucks to Himmel's they arrest him and his girlfriend, who leads them to Margaret Shorey, alive and well.

Modus Operandi[]

Himmel targeted trusting middle-aged Caucasian women and found them in supermarkets on Interstate 15. He would have his girlfriend lure them to him using some ruse, attack them at an opportune moment, subdue them, bind their hands and feet together with rope and and force them into a hidden compartment in his truck. He killed them by strangling them, possibly after raping them since they were found nude. He kept their bodies stored in a freezer deep inside the truck. His personal calling card was having his girlfriend write a message on a wall inside on one of the supermarket's restroom doors telling how many victims he had killed (including the one he had abducted, though they were still alive at the time) and challenging the authorities to catch him.

Known Victims[]

  • Unspecified dates from 1999 to 2000:
    • Victorville, California: Unnamed victim
    • Salt Lake City, Utah: Unnamed victim
  • 2000:
    • July, San Bernardino, California: Joan Sims (killed and dumped on the side of a road)
    • November, Mesquite, Nevada: Unnamed victim
  • January 11-12, 2001, Las Vegas, Nevada: Margaret Shorey (abducted; was rescued)

Known Accomplices[]

  • His unnamed girlfriend (incarcerated)

Appearance[]

CSI:Crime Scene Investigation
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 #
Season 1 - - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - - - N/A 1
Total 1

Trivia[]

  • Himmel appears heavily based off serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson, a.k.a. "The Happy Face Killer", a truck driver responsible for raping and strangling women and girls on his routes and even writing a confession to one murder on bathroom stall.
  • Himmel may also have been based on Robert Ben Rhoades , also known as The Truck Stop Killer.
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