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The Texarkana Phantom Killer Articles

Post by # 13 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:19 pm

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I thought I would post this for all of the true crime researchers here on the board. Our very own Malindak has provided me with a copy of a pretty rare newspaper pullout pertaining to the Texarkana Phantom Killer of 1946. Most people know of this case from the movie “The Town That Dreaded Sundown”. This is a complete account of the crimes in a 50-year anniversary retrospective of the events of 1946. It is covered through different articles and some pretty rare photographs. It has scans of the original newspaper articles as well, but they are hard to read. I did not include the middle pullout section because it is larger than 11”X17” and I don’t have a scanner that big (basically I had to scan it in as 3 parts). The middle pullout section depicts a map of the crime scenes. If anyone knows how to meld jpegs together, let me know.

I know this is rare because I have called the Texarkana Gazette only to find that they have sold out of their copies and the Gazette had no plans to make any more. The person I talked to further revealed that they get about a dozen calls or so a year asking for a copy.

No crime library stuff here folks, no flare or fiction, just the facts. I thought it might be interesting to share. I will post only the links to the images because if I posted the images, the thread would be a mile long (I know the mods would probably like this :D ).

Anyways, check it and out and let me know what you think if you want to. Once again, thanks to Malindak for providing us with such a rare document.

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Oooppps, I guess it is still long as hell :lol:

Sorry :oops:
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Post by sherbetbizarre » Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:13 pm

Cheers!

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Post by Malindak » Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:19 pm

Oh neat! They get calls on this still throughout the year? Wow, I'm glad i got one. Pretty Cool!! And I was glad to share! Hope you have enjoyed it.

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Post by # 13 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:16 pm

Malindak wrote:Oh neat! They get calls on this still throughout the year?
Yep, I told the women that I talked to that this would probably be the weirdest phone call she will receive all year and she said something like nope, we get about a dozen or so calls a year about the special pullout and about the Phantom in general.
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Post by # 13 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:50 pm

sherbetbizarre wrote:Cheers!
Hey Sherb

Were you saying "Cheers" because of the thread content or because I didn't post images to make it a mile long :lol: :lol:
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Post by # 13 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:37 pm

This is the 1st part of a documentary on the Phantom Killer put out (I think) by students of Texas A&M. I thought they did a good job for the most part. They found some great footage of 1946 and some very rare crime scene pictures which leads me to:

GRAPHIC WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are crime scene pictures of Paul Martin and Betty Jo Booker. They are not nearly as graphic as Dawn Defeo or Elizabeth Short's crime scene pictures, but just as sad. I just wanted to warn everyone to the fact that there are crime scene pictures towards the end of the video.

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Post by # 13 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:23 pm

BTW the links to the newspaper articles at the top of this thread are broken. I replaced the images with newly trimmed and straightened ones. This link should get you to the right folder:

http://s270.photobucket.com/user/number ... 6081227329
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Post by Brendan72 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:15 am

Apparently they're remaking the 1976 movie. God help us all and everything that is sacred!
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Post by # 13 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:42 pm

Brendan72 wrote:Apparently they're remaking the 1976 movie. God help us all and everything that is sacred!
And from what I understand, in the remake the Phantom comes back to life to continue his killing spree or some such crap :fp:

BTW there is finally a book out now. It's expensive though for a mass market paperback. I got a used kinda battered copy cheap but new it goes for $30 to $50 wich is waaaay overpriced IMO. Here it is on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=Th ... s&_sacat=0
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Post by Brendan72 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:00 am

I can't see an obvious motive in these killings.

The teenage girl who was murdered could possibly have known her killer ... why else would she be out on a deserted road late at night apart from the obvious teenage shenanigans? She was obviously comfortable with being out there with whoever she was with?
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Post by Brendan72 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:58 pm

Oh, dear ....
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Post by # 13 » Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:30 pm

Brendan72 wrote:
The teenage girl who was murdered could possibly have known her killer ... why else would she be out on a deserted road late at night apart from the obvious teenage shenanigans? She was obviously comfortable with being out there with whoever she was with?
Funny you should mention that. I just finished the book I mentioned above and it touches on this. I never knew this before but at the time there was a theorey that Martin and Booker knew their attacker because no one couldn't figure out why they ended up at Spring Lake Park. Like you said, the obvious was that they were lovers but both families and their friend strongly denied this and swore that they were just old friends (but who really knows). Another theory was that the murderer was at the VFW where Betty Joe Booker played her last concert and followed them out and then somehow abducted them later.
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Post by Brendan72 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:05 am

Another idea is that the killer approached them when the VFW closed, as the teenagers were given rides home, but Betty Jo Booker was waiting to go somewhere else (meeting up with Martin most likely). The killer probably saw this as an opportunity to abduct both of them at gunpoint and drive out to Spring Lake Park.

Based on the previous crimes and victims the killer had probably escalated to murder by that stage as I believe the previous victims escaped. He was either escalating or decided to kill them as the previous victims escaped and he didn't want to risk being possibly identified (even though he wore the mask). Remember it is possible if he was local (as it was suspected he was) the killer would have risked one of his victims identifying him by voice or some other mannerism.

It looks as though he shot Martin first and Betty Jo ran and he eventually caught up with her, as it was dark and he was bigger and faster. I am not sure how she ended up with one hand in the pocket when the police found her. Either the killer did that for some unknown reason or very unlikely she had it in there at some point. It looks as though she was shot at close range in the face so she probably fell during the chase and was sliding backwards on her elbows when the killer caught up to her and shot her.
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Post by # 13 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:31 pm

Brendan72 wrote: It looks as though he shot Martin first and Betty Jo ran and he eventually caught up with her, as it was dark and he was bigger and faster. I am not sure how she ended up with one hand in the pocket when the police found her. Either the killer did that for some unknown reason or very unlikely she had it in there at some point. It looks as though she was shot at close range in the face so she probably fell during the chase and was sliding backwards on her elbows when the killer caught up to her and shot her.
Thats what I think too. Martin was found about a mile and a half from his car; Betty Jo was found almost three miles from the car. I think she ran after the murderer started to shoot Martin. As far as her hand in her pocket, who knows? It might have been some expression of guilt or sick humor from the killer.
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Post by Brendan72 » Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:38 pm

# 13 wrote:
Brendan72 wrote: It looks as though he shot Martin first and Betty Jo ran and he eventually caught up with her, as it was dark and he was bigger and faster. I am not sure how she ended up with one hand in the pocket when the police found her. Either the killer did that for some unknown reason or very unlikely she had it in there at some point. It looks as though she was shot at close range in the face so she probably fell during the chase and was sliding backwards on her elbows when the killer caught up to her and shot her.
Thats what I think too. Martin was found about a mile and a half from his car; Betty Jo was found almost three miles from the car. I think she ran after the murderer started to shoot Martin. As far as her hand in her pocket, who knows? It might have been some expression of guilt or sick humor from the killer.
Not sure about guilt, perhaps sick sense of humour as you said. With all being said and done the killer was clearly escalating from this point.
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