The Texarkana Moonlight Murders were some of the most mysterious unsolved crimes in Texas history. The story of "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" became a horror movie hit in the 1970s, but what happened to the real people of Texarkana in 1946?
Texas's "Phantom Slayer" kept the tiny town of Texarkana, located on the Texas-Arkansas border, paralyzed with fear for months. Four separate attacks occurred, resulting in 5 deaths and 3 near-fatal assaults. All of those who encountered the Phantom were couples, or at least appeared to be. They were gunned down on rural "lover's lanes," with the final couple shot in their own home.
The fear was intense, the killer was a terrifying mystery, and the town couldn't see when it was all going to stop. The Texarkana murders left a deep scar on the psyche of the little town, and remain one of Texas's most notorious unsolved crimes.
The Phantom Slayer Successfully Killed Five Of His Eight Victims
The Killer Targeted Couples, With The Pairs Primarily Attacked On Lover's Lanes
The Killer Wore A White Mask With Holes Cut Out For The Eyes And Mouth
Teens Began Taking Justice Into Their Own Hands