Not only did the perpetrators of these infamously unsolved murders slip through the hands of law enforcement, but they could still be alive today — they may be really old, but alive nonetheless. Lock your doors and read on to discover who these chilling killers and why they remain at large.
Unsolved Murders: The Phantom Killer Of Texarkana
It’s an iconic image for horror fans: The man wearing a dirty burlap sack on his head with slits for eyes. And that’s exactly who the killer was in the Texarkana murders of 1946. This “Phantom Slayer,” as he is often called, killed five people and wounded three others. For ten weeks he terrorized the sleepy Arkansas town bordering Texas.
Targeting mostly young lovers in cars at night, the hooded murderer would kill the males, then sexually assault and kill the females. He left the couples in or near their cars for the police to find. The terrified residents of Texarkana went on lockdown, barely leaving their homes.
As with most unsolved murders, there were a few false confessions and unsubstantiated claims. Nevertheless, those closely involved with the case have a suspect they deem most likely: Youell Swinney, who was a local repeat offender with mostly burglaries and assaults on record.
Yet, there was not enough evidence to pin the case on him. The “Phantom Slayer” lives to slay another day.