In 1946, years before the phrase “serial murder” was coined, a masked killer terrorized the town of Texarkana on the Texas-Arkansas border. Striking five times within a ten-week period, always at night, the prowler claimed six lives and left three other victims wounded. Survivors told police that their assailant was a man, but could supply little else. A local newspaper dubbed him the Phantom Killer, and it stuck. Other reporters called the faceless predator the “Moonlight Murderer,” though the lunar cycle had nothing to do with the crimes. Texarkana’s phantom was not America’s first serial slayer; he certainly was not the worst, either in body count or sheer brutality. But he has left a crimson mark on history as one of those who got away. Like the elusive Axeman of New Orleans, Cleveland’s Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, and San Francisco’s Zodiac Killer, the Phantom Killer left a haunting mystery behind. This is the definitive story of that mystery.
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I was thrilled when I learned that a book about the Phantom Killer case was finally available. Upon reading this volume I found that while Michael Newton did extensive research on the case, he occasionally gets bogged down with certain minute details. A couple of other disappointments were Newton's failure to include photographs, and his insistence on inserting political correctness where it's not needed. I feel that I should also mention that when Newton was describing the 1976 feature film based on the case - "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" - his description of the movie was almost off as the movie's portrayal of the case. (FYI: Detective magazines carrying articles about the case take even more license with the facts than the movie.) Overall, I'll say that this book is worth having for now.