Texas leads the nation in unsolved serial highway homi­cides. Could inter­state coop­er­a­tion deliver closure?

The pic­ture shown to the jurors was enough to haunt them for a life­time: a young girl with jet-​​black hair and pale skin, standing amid the tum­ble­down ruins of a wooden barn in rural Illi­nois. She wears a dress that reaches to just above her knees and patent leather heels. She is staring at the camera, her hands held up like she’s fending off an attacker. Some­time after the photo was taken, 14-​​year-​​old Regina Wal­ters, a run­away from Pasadena, Texas, was stran­gled with baling wire and her body aban­doned in that same barn.

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