At dusk, city inhabitants heavily armed themselves and locked themselves indoors while police patrolled streets and neighborhoods.
Although many businesses lost customers at night, stores sold out of guns, ammunition, locks, and many other protective devices.
The Texarkana Moonlight Murders, a term coined by the news media, references the unsolved murders committed in and around Texarkana in the spring of 1946 by an unidentified serial killer known as the "Phantom Killer", or "Phantom Slayer".
The killer is credited with attacking eight people within ten weeks, five of whom were killed.
The attack happened on a lateral road off of Richmond Road, a mile north of the addition known as Beverly.
According to a fourteen-page statement by Hollis, the attack happened about 50 feet (15 m) off Richmond Road on an unpaved street, about 100 yards from the last row of city homes. After about ten minutes, a man walked up to Hollis' driver-side door and flashed a flashlight in his face, blinding him.
Since the movie claimed that the "story you are about to see is true, where it happened and how it happened," the fabricated parts created much of the myth and folklore around the murders for several decades.
After three months of no more Phantom attacks, the Texas Rangers slowly and quietly left town to keep the Phantom from believing he was safe to strike again.Hollis, not sure if it was a prank or if he had been mistaken for someone else, told the man, "Fellow, you've got me mixed up with someone else.You've got the wrong man." Larey pleaded with Hollis to please take them off, believing that if he did they would not be hurt, but, after Hollis removed his trousers, he was struck twice in the head with a heavy, blunt object.She stated that while she was running, she heard Hollis groaning, and that the man continued to beat and stomp him.She was having trouble running in her high heels when the assailant ran after her.The 2014 book The Phantom Killer: Unlocking the Mystery of the Texarkana Serial Murders, by James Presley, pointed to Youell Swinney as the culprit of all five attacks.