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130 | Lover’s Slain

The Texarkana Moonlight Murders, a term coined by the news media, were a series of unsolved murders and other violent crimes committed in and around Texarkana in the spring of 1946 by an unidentified serial killer known as the “Phantom Killer” or “Phantom Slayer”.


The first two victims attributed to the Phantom were a young couple Jimmy Hollis, 25, and Mary Jeanne Larey, 19. Hollis and Larey were spotted leaving a movie theater and stopped down a secluded road for an alone time before Jeanne Larey returned home.

“He wore a white mask over his head with cutout places for his eyes and mouth. He pointed a flashlight and pistol at us. He came up on the driver’s side of the car and told Jimmy something like this: ‘I don’t want to kill you, fellow, so do what I say.'”

Mary Jeanne Larey

We are going on the possibility that this man may be a sex maniac.”

Sheriff W. E. Davis


FBI documents (1) | (2)

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