Author archives: Janie Jones

Texarkana's Famous Phantom Killer: Part 3

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The Phantom Killer of Texarkana took five lives in 1946. But was he ever caught? In the annals of true crime, one enduring mystery is the identity of the multiple murderer known as the Phantom Killer of Texarkana. In 1946, the twin cities with one name, conjoined by the Arkansas/Texas state line, were the hunting ground for the Phantom. He murdered fi[...]

Texarkana's Famous Phantom Killer, Part 2

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In 1946, panic swept through Texarkana, on both sides of the Arkansas-Texas border. Over a period of three months, a man had murdered five people and wounded three others. In the first attacks, which targeted couples parked on lovers’ lanes, the female victims were sexually abused. The last known murder in the series occurred at a farmhouse. One survivor tol[...]

Texarkana’s Famous Phantom Killer, Part 1

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A skull cracking open sounds like a gunshot. That’s what Mary Jeanne Larey thought after she heard her boyfriend being hit on the head by a masked gunman. Mary Jeanne, 19, and 25-year-old Jimmy Hollis had sought privacy in his Chevy at a secluded spot off of Richmond Road on the Texas side of Texarkana after dinner and a movie. It was late Friday night, Fe[...]

Murder Mystery: Gary Lynn Mullinax

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A Daughter’s Plea: Help Me Find My Father Photographs courtesy of Amy Mullinax Whitcomb | Originally appeared in AY's July 2011 issue.   this March, the 1978 disappearance of Anthony Ross Allen from Fort Smith was the oldest Arkansas case listed with online databases, such as the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) and the[...]

Murder Mystery: If Justice is a Lady

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Three Arkansas female murderers... Originally appeared in AY's March 2012 issue   WINONA GREEN Oct. 21, 1900 - Oct. 30, 1974 after midnight Aug. 17, 1924, J.R. Green was shot to death as he walked home from the Little Rock railyard where he worked as a switchman. His murder went unsolved for several months … then his wife vanished. Detectives [...]

Murder Mystery: In All The Wrong Places

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Linda “Lindy” Reynolds was a loving aunt and was looking forward to a visit by her sister's children when she disappeared in 1982. Photographs courtesy of Nancy Reynolds / Originally appeared in AY's January 2012 issue   May 17, 1982, Linda “Lindy” Reynolds left a Fort Smith, Ark., restaurant called Banditos where she worked as a waitress. She liv[...]

Murder Mystery: Scott Jared

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Scott Jared, Where Are You? Photographs by Janie Jones and courtesy of Pam Jared and Benjamin Jared This story originally appeared in AY's March 2011 issue Top photo: A photo taken in the early 90's of Scott Jared and his first wife Regina Perna.   Cossey, a county ranger for the Arkansas Forestry Commission in Perry County, reme[...]

Murder Mystery: Lives Lost & Found

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Sometimes we are forced to face our own mortality. Photographs courtesy of Todd Matthews / Originally appeared in AY's August 2011 issue   could be a sudden illness or a close call in an accident. And while we contemplate death, we may concern ourselves with the disposition of our remains — peaceful repose in a country cemetery or perhaps ashes sp[...]

Murder Mystery: Cane Hill Murders

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Lying in stark white contrast to the gray ashes around them, the bones of two little girls were viewed in horror by their neighbors in the Washington County community of Cane Hill. Originally appeared in AY's May 2012 issue   morning light did little to dispel the dark deed committed the previous night, June 15, 1839. The carnage claimed the lives[...]

Murder Mystery: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders

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On June 13, 1977 girl scouts Michelle Guse, Lori Lee Farmer and Denise Milner were brutally raped and murdered at Camp Scott in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. This unsolved case has become one of Oklahoma's most infamous murder mysteries.   PART ONE (originally published in AY Magazine in May 2008)   it didn’t begin officially for another 10 d[...]