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|“||I took what I wanted because I could. It was there, it was easy. I moved up and down those highways and I left not a ripple in my wake.||„|
|~ Arron Wesley Parker bragging about his rape spree.|
Aaron Wesley "Wes" Parker is the main antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Eighteen Wheels a Predator". He is a serial rapist who uses his job as a long-haul truck driver to victimize women across the U.S. for more than 20 years.
He was portrayed by Trevor Long.
Parker is a long-haul truck driver from Kentucky whose job requires him to drive down routes all over the U.S., trips that he uses to stalk, kidnap, and rape women in multiple states. He has gotten away with it for more than 20 years because he is careful never to leave evidence such as DNA, and because he knocks his victims unconscious before assaulting them so they cannot identify him. While he uses his anonymity to commit his crimes, he fantasizes about achieving the infamy and media status of a "celebrity criminal" in the vein of Ted Bundy or O.J. Simpson.
He and his wife of 22 years, Winona, have two daughters. His family has no idea what he has done, and they consider him a good husband and father.
"Eighteen Wheels a Predator"
Parker rapes his latest victim, Kayla Stuart, after following her home from a bar in New York City, the location of his latest route. The NYPD's Special Victims Unit arrests the bar's owner, Dustin Tinsley, for Stuart's rape, which so angers Parker that, after returning home, he makes an anonymous phone call to SVU Captain Olivia Benson claiming credit for the attack and bragging that he has just committed another one. To make sure they know he is serious, he reveals that he left Stuart's pants neatly folded next her after the rape, a detail that SVU held back from the press.
SVU detectives Fin Tutuola and Amanda Rollins travel to Kentucky to talk to Parker's victim, Shay Landry, who reveals that her attacker left her pants folded next to her after he finished raping her. Benson, Tutuola, and Rollins investigate further, and discover 15 other women who were raped by a man with the same M.O. and signature as Stuart's rapist.
After several setbacks in the investigation, they talk to victim Raylinn Cole, who managed to get a good look at her attacker while he was raping her, and who heard his nickname, "Wes", when someone she thought was his wife unexpectedly called his cell phone to yell at him for missing the birthday party she had planned for him. Benson researches the truckers working for the company whose logo Cole saw on her rapist's hat whose routes would have put them at the scene of Cole's assault, cross-references that list with one of truckers with birthdays matching the day of Cole's rape, and finds Parker. She sends a photo of Parker to Tutuola and Rollins, and Cole identifies him as her rapist.
Benson joins her detectives in Kentucky, where she interviews Winona, who tells them that Parker has gone out to his favorite casino. Benson approaches Parker at the casino and strikes up a conversation with him, pretending to be a tourist. He becomes suspicious when she keeps asking him about his travels to New York, before he finally realizes who she is from watching her press conferences about the rapes. He tries to get away, but Tutuola and Rollins, flanked by local police, block his way and arrest him.
During his interrogation, Parker pleads his innocence in the face of damning evidence. Rollins ultimately gets him to confess, however, by appealing to his ego and saying that he now has the opportunity to be famous. He brags about getting away with his crimes for so long, and says that someday Dateline and Netflix will make documentaries about him.