WILMINGTON -- Co-workers of John Wayne Boyer are shedding more light on the life of the man now accused of killing three women in three states, including 34-year-old Michelle Haggadone of Wilmington in 2000.
John Wayne Boyer worked as a long-haul trucker, and authorities who've interviewed him in prison say he hates women and especially despises prostitutes.
"I always remember riding down the road with him and he stopped to help a girl. I thought he was going to help a girl, I didn't know his intentions at the time," said Jonathon Threatt, who drove with Boyer, in separate trucks, for Twisdale Trucking.
Threatt said he spotted a broken down car in Dillon, S.C., and passed the message along to Boyer via the CB radio. But he says instead of changing lanes to avoid the car, Boyer stopped.
"He pulled over immediately. I mean, he really got on the brakes hard. Once he saw it was a young girl. I just thought in the back of my mind, 'why does she need his help?'" said Threatt.
Threatt says he doesn't know what happened next. Boyer told him to go on to Texas and he would meet him there, which he did.
"He never said a word about it, but I noticed he was just agitated," Threatt said.
Some of the main routes the two men drove included from Leland to Houston, west Interstate 95 to Interstate 20 then up to Tennessee then to Kentucky, and another route took them to Morristown, Tenn. Boyer is linked to a murder in that same area and the incident that Threatt described happened around the same time Michelle Haggadone was killed.
"We'd always come back those same routes and always come by the same truck stops," Threatt said.
People News 14 Carolina spoke with say their experiences with Boyer were never a pleasant. One truck driver said he heard Boyer over the radio fighting with a prostitute at a truck stop on I-95 near Dillon.
"All I had to do was work with him but he was a very unpleasant person," Threatt said.
With the news that Boyer is accused of being a serial killer, Threatt says he wonders what really happened that day.
"It's just a little odd to me how he pulled over as quick as he did. It was like it was an opportunity for him," said Threatt.
News 14 Carolina does not know what, if anything, happened to the stranded driver but Threatt did say that on his way back from Texas, he saw the same car abandoned on the side of I-95.
News 14 Carolina has also requested in interview with Boyer. So far, he has denied that request.