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March 10, 1996
Re Robin Abcarian's column "Living on a Thumb and a Prayer" (Mar. 3): With the recent publicity of William Bonin's execution, I find it disturbing that your paper is responsible for misinformation, and even the glamorization, over hitchhiking. Although Abcarian rhetorically asks, "What kind of idiot hitchhikes nowadays?" she continues by stating, "It is not, after all, illegal to stick your thumb to get from here to there." California Vehicle Code SS21957, enacted in 1959 and still on the books, makes just such conduct illegal.
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June 12, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
Picture Clint Eastwood blundering into a David Lynch movie and you'll have "The Rambler," Calvin Lee Reeder's hallucinatory hitchhiker horror about a taciturn ex-con (Dermot Mulroney) who keeps stumbling across strangers - and corpses - that might not actually exist. Either way, he doesn't much seem to care. He's just a cowboy trying to make it to his brother's pony farm in Oregon, but like Odysseus in blue jeans - albeit, a much less talkative Odysseus - he's beset by a dozen devils, including a fight promoter who forces him to battle a man with a hook, a traveling magician with a dream machine that makes people's heads explode, and a nameless beautiful blond (Lindsay Pulsipher, the star of Reeder's equally incoherent "The Oregonian")
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1989
A hitchhiker who unwittingly accepted a ride from a man driving a stolen car had a front-row seat for a 30-minute police chase from Los Angeles to Glendale that reached 80 m.p.h. and at one point was going the wrong way on the Ventura Freeway, authorities said. During the pursuit, Tommy Lee Jones frantically tried to persuade the car's driver, Ed Palamara, to let him out, Los Angeles police said. And when Palamara was finally stopped about 3:15 a.m.
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May 28, 2013 | By Tina Susman
The man who gained fame as "Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker" for allegedly saving a California utility worker from a crazed trucker agreed Tuesday to be extradited to New Jersey to face charges he murdered an attorney he befriended on his travels. Caleb Lawrence McGillivary, 24, who goes by "Kai" and whose surname has also been spelled McGillvary, waived extradition during a hearing conducted via closed circuit television from a jail in Philadelphia, where he was arrested Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1995
A 28-year-old man who allegedly killed a hitchhiker he had picked up last week near Magic Mountain was arrested Sunday at his home, authorities said. Los Angeles County Sheriff's homicide detectives arrested Jeffrey Works of Canyon Country on suspicion of picking up the hitchhiker, killing him and dumping his body near Gorman, Deputy Matthew Rodriguez said. The identity of the victim was not released and no motive for the killing was known.
NEWS
March 17, 1996
Re: the March 10 Letters in Life & Style in which a Woodland Hills resident claimed that hitchhiking is illegal in California, I want to clear up the issue once and for all. The Vehicle Code Section referenced applies only to pedestrians standing in the roadway. It is not illegal to solicit a ride if you are standing on the sidewalk. However, we caution everyone about the dangers of hitchhiking and strongly discourage the practice. Many unnecessary crimes, and ruined lives, would be spared if people would refrain from this dangerous activity.
NEWS
April 18, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Murder charges have been filed against seven men in the 1980 slayings of two hitchhikers en route to a counterculture gathering. Pocahontas County Prosecutor Walt Weiford declined to discuss possible motive in the fatal shootings of Nancy Santomero, 19, of Huntington, N.Y., and Vicki Durian, 26, of Wellman, Iowa. Their bodies were found June 25, 1980, in a field in southeastern West Virginia.
NEWS
April 22, 1990 | Sheila Benson
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Weary of the frenetic pace of his sales job, Steve Juggert set out a year ago today for the back roads of Western Europe and the Middle East on a journey of self-discovery. The 30-year-old Orange man began his trip in Spain, carrying with him only a backpack, a camera and a note pad in which to chronicle his adventures. In his only letter home, postmarked Dec.
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November 7, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Highway Patrol officers had a question for the tractor-trailer truck driver hauling a load of cars on the Golden State Freeway: How come he was letting his dog ride unsecured in the back with the Chevrolets? And the truck driver had a question for them: What dog?
NATIONAL
May 17, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The hatchet-wielding hitchhiker known to his legions of Internet fans as Kai craved freedom, but he also craved coffee.  That helped police catch the one-time Internet sensation, Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, 24, who is suspected of murdering a New Jersey lawyer, officials said Friday as they gave more details about the case. McGillvary, who gained fame last February after using a hatchet to stop what he said was an attempted murder in Fresno, was being held on $3-million bail after being arrested Thursday evening in Philadelphia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Tina Susman
A neck tattoo on Caleb McGillvary, also known as Kai, was what helped a New Jersey resident lead police to the animated hitchhiker wanted in connection with a slaying, New Jersey prosecutors said Friday. McGillvary, 24, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker of “Smash, smash, suh-mash!” fame, was arrested in Philadelphia on Thursday night at a Greyhound Bus stop. Authorities in Union County, New Jersey, named the couch-crashing drifter as a suspect in the death of New Jersey attorney Joseph Galfy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
Caleb McGillvary, also known as Kai, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker of “Smash, smash, SUH-MASH!” fame, was arrested in Philadelphia on a New Jersey warrant in a slaying case, authorities said. McGillvary, 24, was arrested without incident at a Greyhound Bus stop about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities in Union County, New Jersey, named the animated, couch-crashing drifter as a suspect in the death of New Jersey attorney Joseph Galfy. Galfy was found dead Monday inside his home on Starlite Drive when officers made a welfare check, Union County prosecutors spokesman John Holl said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 | By Richard Winton
"Smash, Smash, SmAAaash!!!" Those words made "Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker a viral sensation. That was his description of how he swung a blow for justice in Fresno to stop a large driver who allegedly ran over and attacked a PG&E employee. Now those words could come back to haunt him. New Jersey prosecutors say Kai, 24, a.k.a. Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, is wanted for the blunt force trauma slaying of a lawyer. The Union County homicide task force has a murder warrant for the arrest of McGillvary,a homeless drifter, in the slaying of attorney Joseph Galfy in Clark, N.J.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Though different people may know him in different guises — filmmaker, writer, artist, performer, personality, originator of the unlikely movie-to-musical-to-movie franchise of "Hairspray" — there really is only one John Waters. Emerging from his hometown of Baltimore during the cultural confusion of the late 1960s-early 1970s, Waters developed his aesthetic at the intersection of underground films, foreign art cinema and exploitation movies, creating pictures that were sharp, startling, playful, disturbing and undeniably singular.
NATIONAL
June 15, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
From the very beginning, there was something fishy about the hitchhiker's story. Ray Dolin of Julian, W.Va. claimed to be traveling across America documenting the kindness of strangers when a stranger in a pick-up truck pulled up alongside him on a rural road in Montana last Saturday and opened fire, shooting him in the arm. The incident -- man writing a book about kindness becomes victim of random violence -- fueled headlines nationwide....
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July 17, 2001 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a drizzly Thursday morning outside the subway station, Yasmin Amador sits in a line of cars that snakes along the curb like a taxi line--ready to commit a cardinal sin of urban life: She's waiting to pick up strangers. Not just any strangers, but two hitchhiking San Francisco-bound commuters--fellow opportunists who would normally hail a bus or hop the subway but who wordlessly slide into Amador's car for a brief drive-time marriage of convenience.
NEWS
December 27, 1987
I am indignant over an episode of "A Year in the Life." It was the Thanksgiving episode, during which two adults hitchhike home from the airport. What sort of example does this "family show" offer the young people across America? "A Year in the Life" portrayed these professional-type adults using hitchhiking as a viable alternative when they are unable to locate a cab or rent a car. These adults do not perceive hitchhiking as dangerous or potentially fatal; instead, they hitchhike and arrive home safe and sound.
NATIONAL
June 11, 2012 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated. Please see note at bottom for details.
The first rule of adventurous traveling: Things are almost never as bad as your mother thinks. The second rule of adventurous traveling: The "almost never" exceptions can be pretty bad. Further, if you're writing a book called “The Kindness of America,” as hitchhiker Ray Dolin is, you might be tempting fate. Dolin learned this when a stranger shot him Saturday evening in rural Montana where Dolin was trying to hitch a ride. Dolin, a 39-year-old from West Virginia, had been traveling across America to work on his book, a memoir, and was on a highway near the Bakken oil patch, authorities told the Associated Press . "He was sitting down to have a little lunch, and this guy drives up,” Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told the AP. “He thought he was going to give him a ride and as he approached the vehicle, the guy pulls out his weapon and shoots him. It's as simple as that.” Dolin, 39, will live; he got hit in the arm and was being treated at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Mont.
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