Before Ted Bundy, the Zodiac, or Son of Sam — in fact, decades before the term “Serial Killer” was even adopted by crime experts — the small town of Texarkana, Texas was terrorized by a killer in a white hood.
The killing spree in the Summer of 1946 came to be known as “The Texarkana Moonlight Murders,” and the perpetrator was dubbed “The Phantom Killer” by the press. You may already know the story, thanks to two films bearing the same ominous title: The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
The 1976 version by Charles B. Pierce (The Legend of Boggy Creek) took liberties with the actual details of the crimes, and the 2014 meta-sequel focuses more on the notoriety — and subsequent cult popularity — of the Phantom Killer’s reign of terror.
The next episode of Dread: The Unsolved will delve into the actual details of the case, including the grisly details of each crime and the intense manhunt that followed.
Be sure to tune in to the full episode, Thursday February 7 at 11am PST — only on Dread Central! Catch up on Previous Episodes