The Phantom Killer
The salacious and scandalous murders of a series of couples on Texarkana's "lovers lanes" in seemingly idyllic post-WWII America created a media maelstrom and cast a pall of fear over an entire region. What is even more surprising is that the case has remained cold for decades. Combining archival research and investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize nominated historian James Presley reveals evidence that provides crucial keys to unlocking this decades-old puzzle.Dubbed "the Phantom murders" by the press, these grisly crimes took place in an America before dial telephones, DNA science, and criminal profiling. Even pre-television, print and radio media stirred emotions to a fever pitch. The Phantom Killer, exhaustively researched, is the only definitive nonfiction book on the case, and includes details from an unpublished account by a survivor, and rare, never-before-published photographs.Although the case lives on today on television, the Internet, a revived fictional movie and even an off-Broadway play, with so much of the investigation shrouded in mystery since 1946, rumors and fractured facts have distorted the reality. Now, for the first time, a careful examination of the archival record, personal interviews, and stubborn fact checking come together to produce new insights and revelations on the old slayings.
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The Phantom Killer
The salacious and scandalous murders of a series of couples on Texarkana's "lovers lanes" in seemingly idyllic post-WWII America created a media maelstrom and cast a pall of fear over an entire region. What is even more surprising is that the case has remained cold for decades. Combining archival research and investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize nominated historian James Presley reveals evidence that provides crucial keys to unlocking this decades-old puzzle.Dubbed "the Phantom murders" by the press, these grisly crimes took place in an America before dial telephones, DNA science, and criminal profiling. Even pre-television, print and radio media stirred emotions to a fever pitch. The Phantom Killer, exhaustively researched, is the only definitive nonfiction book on the case, and includes details from an unpublished account by a survivor, and rare, never-before-published photographs.Although the case lives on today on television, the Internet, a revived fictional movie and even an off-Broadway play, with so much of the investigation shrouded in mystery since 1946, rumors and fractured facts have distorted the reality. Now, for the first time, a careful examination of the archival record, personal interviews, and stubborn fact checking come together to produce new insights and revelations on the old slayings.
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The Phantom Killer

The Phantom Killer

by James Presley
The Phantom Killer

The Phantom Killer

by James Presley

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Overview

The salacious and scandalous murders of a series of couples on Texarkana's "lovers lanes" in seemingly idyllic post-WWII America created a media maelstrom and cast a pall of fear over an entire region. What is even more surprising is that the case has remained cold for decades. Combining archival research and investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize nominated historian James Presley reveals evidence that provides crucial keys to unlocking this decades-old puzzle.Dubbed "the Phantom murders" by the press, these grisly crimes took place in an America before dial telephones, DNA science, and criminal profiling. Even pre-television, print and radio media stirred emotions to a fever pitch. The Phantom Killer, exhaustively researched, is the only definitive nonfiction book on the case, and includes details from an unpublished account by a survivor, and rare, never-before-published photographs.Although the case lives on today on television, the Internet, a revived fictional movie and even an off-Broadway play, with so much of the investigation shrouded in mystery since 1946, rumors and fractured facts have distorted the reality. Now, for the first time, a careful examination of the archival record, personal interviews, and stubborn fact checking come together to produce new insights and revelations on the old slayings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605987231
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/15/2014
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: eBook
Pages: 400
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

?James Presley ?has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas and has won numerous awards for his journalism, including the Anson Jones Award and the John H. McGinnis Memorial Award. He is the author of ?A Saga of Wealth: The Rise of the Texas Oilmen, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Texarkana, Texas.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

The Town xiii

Chapter 1 Stranger in the Dark 1

Chapter 2 Conflicting Perceptions 10

Chapter 3 Double Death in a Car 21

Chapter 4 A Baffling Case 27

Chapter 5 A Boy, a Girl-And a Gunman 41

Chapter 6 Palm Sunday Horrors 51

Chapter 7 Rising Terror 64

Chapter 8 A Legendary Ranger 71

Chapter 8 Fear Stalks by Night 78

Chapter 10 Murder Strikes Home 89

Chapter 11 Nobody Is Safe! 106

Chapter 12 A Media Invasion 122

Chapter 13 Law and Disorder 129

Chapter 14 Behind a Serial Killer's Facade 139

Chapter 15 An Accidental Break 153

Chapter 16 Incriminating Revelations 165

Chapter 17 The Primary Suspect 186

Chapter 18 Tightening the Noose 203

Chapter 19 Mounting Pressures 218

Chapter 20 A Quiet "Solution" 242

Chapter 21 Behind Walls Again 259

Chapter 21 Back in Court 273

Chapter 23 On the "Witness Stand 285

Chapter 24 "Beyond Belief and Incredible" 293

Chapter 25 Life After "Life" 304

Chapter 26 Cracking a Cold Case 321

Epilogue 345

Source Notes 353

Selected Bibliography 369

Acknowledgments 373

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