But all that changed when a serial killer began murdering couples in secluded areas late at night.
Both Betty Jo and Polly Ann had also been sexually molested. The headline in a local newspaper blared: “SEX MANIAC HUNTED IN MURDERS.”
After farmer Virgil Starks, 37, was shot and killed in his home on May 3, legendary Texas Ranger M. T. “Lone Wolf” Gonzaullas offered terrified Texarkana residents this advice: “Check the locks and bolts of your doors and get a double-barreled shotgun to blow away any intruder who tries to get in."
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But no one was ever charged with the murders.
Today, almost 80 years later, the Moonlight Phantom’s identity still remains a mystery.
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