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The Disturbing Details On Ice Road Truckers' Tim Zickuhr's Kidnapping And Death Threat Crimes

Apparently, the personal lives of History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers" are just as treacherous as the roads they drive on. The show ran for 11 seasons and generated one spinoff, "Deadliest Roads." However, one trucker from "IRT: Deadliest Roads" managed to stick out from the rest — and not in a good way.

In 2015, Tim Zickuhr, who appeared in the second season of "IRT: Deadliest Roads," was sentenced to up to 15 years in a Nevada prison for kidnapping and extortion. Zickuhr, who joined other truckers in dangerous, high-stress driving situations on the show, kidnapped a sex worker in 2014 and threatened to kill her if she didn't give him money immediately. Thanks to some quick thinking, the woman, Lisa Cadeau, was able to call the police and kindly introduce them to Zickuhr, who was then arrested.

But that's not all. The details get even more disturbing from there.

Zickuhr drove trucks through Bolivia and Peru

When History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers" first premiered in 2007, it sought to chronicle the lives of truck drivers completing seasonal routes across ice-covered lakes and rivers in remote parts of Canada and Alaska. The spinoff "IRT: Deadliest Roads" premiered in October 2010, just after the Season 4 finale of "Ice Road Truckers." While Tim Zickuhr didn't appear in Season 1, he did appear in Season 2, in which he and five other North American truck drivers traveled to Bolivia to transport cargo along the extremely hazardous Yungas Road. Later in the season, he and his fellow truckers relocated to Peru to haul difficult loads into the Andes Mountains.

But almost two years after his season of "IRT: Deadliest Roads" aired, Zickuhr made headlines for even less auspicious reasons. In December 2013, he was arrested and charged with three felonies: first-degree kidnapping, extortion, and coercion. He would later be sentenced for two of those charges.

Zickuhr gave Cadeau his ATM card, then regretted it

According to police reports, on December 19, 2013, Tim Zickuhr hired Lisa Cadeau, a sex worker with the code name "Snow White" (per The Hollywood Reporter). But after giving Cadeau his ATM card to go withdraw money from an ATM to pay for her services, Zickuhr began a dispute over the payment and accused Cadeau of taking out more than he owed her. He then proceeded to repeatedly punch Cadeau in the face and threaten her life unless she gave him more money. Then he tied her up and immobilized her with backpack straps before pouring a mop bucket of cold water over her head and locking her in a closet. That was when Zickuhr unwittingly gave Cadeau an out.

When Zickuhr demanded that Cadeau give him the number of somebody who could bring him more money, she gave him the number of a Las Vegas cop for whom she'd acted as a citizen source. After Zickuhr yelled at the cop over the phone and demanded money — as Cadeau screamed in the background — the cop set up a meeting with Zickuhr and promptly arrested him.

As of 2022, Zickuhr is by all accounts off the road and in a Vegas prison, and "Ice Road Truckers" has not been on the air since 2017. 

Chilly, indeed.