Texarkana Moonlight Murders

Texarkana Moonlight Murders events

First attack
Second attack
Third attack
Fourth attack

Texarkana Moonlight Murders theories

Zodiac killer link

Texarkana Moonlight Murders

Texarkana Moonlight Murders was a series of killings in and around city of Texarkana in 1946. Unknown masked killer called Phantom Killer attacked 8 people, out of which 5 died.



Events connected with Texarkana Moonlight Murders

Texarkana Moonlight Murders

First attack

First known attack of the Texarkana Phantom Killer took place on 22 February 1946 on a secluded lovers lane. His victims were Jimmy Hollis, 24 and Mary Jeanne Larey, 19. A masked man walked up to her car and flashed a flashlight in the window. The man had a pistol and ordered them to get out of the ...

Texarkana Moonlight Murders

Second attack

Second attack took place on 24 March 1946, Richard Griffin, 29, and his girlfriend Polly Ann Moore, 17, were found dead in Richard’s car parked on a lovers’ lane. Griffin was found between the front seats on his knees with his head resting on his crossed hands and his pockets were turned inside ...

Third attack - Texarkana Moonlight Murders

Third attack

Paul Martin, 16, and Betty Jo Booker, 15 were killed on 14 April 1946 while he was taking Betty Jo to a slumber party across the town. Paul’s body was found lying on its left side by the road, he was shot four times. Blood was found further down on the other side of the road by a fence. Betty J...

Texarkana Moonlight Murders

Fourth attack

Fourth attack was completely different from previous ones - this time the Phantom Killer attacked Virgil and Katie Starks, residents of a secluded farm near Texarkana on 3 May 1946. Virgil was shot twice into back of his head through the window on the back of the house. Katie didn’t hear the gunsh...




Texarkana Moonlight Murders theories

Texarkana Moonlight Murders

Zodiac killer link

Strong similarities between the cases of Texarkana Moonlight Murders and Zodiac started the theory that it might have been the same killer. Both attacked the couples, usually in their cars on lovers lanes, both used the gun and the knife, both whore similar masks on their heads and both were committ...



Films, games and books about Texarkana Moonlight Murders

The Town That Dreaded Sundown  1976

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

1976, United States

Based on a true story of Texarkana killings - masked murderer attacks young couples.

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