Cheap gas and a surging economy are taxing the nation’s roads and contributing to congestion that cost U.S. motorists almost $300 billion last year in wasted time and fuel, according to a new report.
Los Angeles had the worst traffic in the world among the 1,064 cities studied by transportation analytics firm INRIX. The average driver wasted 104 hours sitting in gridlock during the busiest commuting times last year, and lost $2,408 each in squandered fuel and productivity.
The shock and horror of what he had done came upon him as if he were taken with a seizure, and he broke out in a wild sweat. He left the body where it was and threw everything else into the car. Then he drove down the road, tossing everything - the briefcase, the crutches, the rope, the clothing, and the tools - right out the window. He was in a complete state of psychotic flight as he drove east on I-90 and then south on Highway 18. It was there that he pulled over the side of the road again and threw more articles of clothing out the window.
Later that afternoon, Ted’s paranoia about discovery took over his personality in waves. Like a robot acting out its program, Bundy returned to check out the dump site to make sure nothing of hers had been left there. Strangeley, he had the feeling - and half excepted - that it had all been a dream, that Georgann Hawkins herself might not even be there.
Retracing his route, Ted recovered most of the items he had thrown away except for one of her shoes. Might it still be in the parking lot where he clubbed Georgann and stuffed her into his car? He had to return to the crime scene to check and retrieve anything that might be found to connect him to the crime. Knowing, however, that police would be looking for someone in a car, Ted got on his bicycle and rode back to that parking lot in the U-district.
Ted felt he was completely camouflaged now as he pedaled onto the lot, and that gave him the boost of confidence he needed to conduct his search in broad daylight. Nobody would know him. Nobody would recognize him. But he was in for a surprise, because there were Seattle police cars all over the campus by the time he got there. Just the sight of police in uniform walking around made him nervous, even though no one seemed to notice his presence and there were no police in the parking lot. He blended right into the group of people watching the police and surreptitiously scanned the site for any evidence. Amazingly enough he had become invisible, because the police were too busy looking over the layout of campus streets to pay attention to casual passerby, especially an all-American type on a bike.
Now Ted had the advantage. He knew almost exactly where he had abducted his victim. The police didn’t even know there had been a violent abduction at the site. Ted was able to walk right to the spot where he’d parked, locate Georgann’s pierced earrings and the shoe on the ground, gather them up while no one was looking, and ride off. By securing for himself all the remaining evidence of the abduction, Ted guaranteed that no one would connect him forensically to the scene. It was a feat so brazen that it astonishes police even today. - The Riverman