Did you know that the hit single ‘Riders on the Storm’ by The Doors was partially inspired by a spree killer?
Billy Cook killed six people - three of which were children - over a twenty-two day period in 1950. After being given a lift Cook would pull out a gun and force his victims to drive the highways aimlessly for hours before shooting them and stealing their car. He seemed to target families on vacation. Cook was caught after a police officer literally walked in on a kidnapping and snatched his pistol from his hands.
“There’s a killer on the road
His brain is squirming like a toad
Take him on holiday
Watch your children play
If you give this man a ride sweet family will die”
- The Doors, 'Riders on the Storm’