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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[...]

Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders Still Unsolved

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(left to right) Michelle Guse, Lori Lee Farmer, Denise Milner 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) Tho[...]

Why Mandy? A Case of A Murder Without Motive Part II

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  This is a re-release of the case printed in the AY November 2006 issue. If you have any leads or information, contact info is at the bottom of the page. By Janie Jones :: Photography by Janie Jones :: Courtesy of Susan Tusing   ore people attended Amanda Tusing’s funeral at the Dell Baptist Church than lived in the town of Dell itself. Th[...]

DNA Match Heats Up an Arkansas Cold Case

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2005 Sees a Major Breakthrough in the Kristin Laurite Murder And a Narrowing of the Funding Gap at the Arkansas State Crime Lab By Letha Mills Photos Courtesy of Kristin Laurite's Family   Last July, five years after the murder of 25-year-old Kristin Laurite, a suspect was finally identified through a national DNA database. Laurite was[...]