Their crimes were heinous, vicious, and extensively covered by the news outlets. Yet, the perpetrators of these unsolved murders remain free.
Dahlia Crime Scene

Los Angeles Public LibraryThe body of murder victim Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia, lies covered in a field in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park. 1947.

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

Morris Lane Texarkana

Wikimedia CommonsPolice search for clues in the “Phantom Slayer” case in Texarkana. 1946.

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.

Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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