The Phantom Killer//////01









The Texarkana Moonlight Murders took place in the spring of 1946 and have remained unsolved to this day. Taking the lives of 5 the Phantom Killer terrorized the community and almost shut the city down. In this episode we'll have a beer or two and discuss this chilling case and present a few theories. Get in the garage, grab a beer and a chair and join us. 










 

21 comments

  • Eden Alexander

    Eden Alexander Portland Oregon

    Please cover the Kayleigh Slusher case in Napa California.. Sick and depraved. I would like to hear your evaluation and research. Thanks guys.

    Please cover the Kayleigh Slusher case in Napa California.. Sick and depraved. I would like to hear your evaluation and research. Thanks guys.

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    Eden Thanks for the case we will look into it. Thanks for listening. -Captain

    Eden Thanks for the case we will look into it. Thanks for listening.
    -Captain

  • JohnnyWishbone

    JohnnyWishbone California

    Disregard my prior message. I just listened to the end of the podcast. Neither of you read the book - but completely dismiss it. That's crazy. The one guy sounds fairly intelligent and reasonable. But the stoner sounding dude - wow. To be honest, I won't check out any more of your podcasts simply because of the low IQ and common sense of that guy. The book isn't just hearsay and opinions. The author interviewed all the detectives, lawyers, judges. He poured over EVERY piece of evidence that the police had - he had access to all the case files. Your stoner announce watched a youtube video and looked at a couple Internet sites. The author of the book interviewed EVERY living person who was involved in the case. He literally spent 100s of hours investigating. Your partner spent 90 minutes. AND the way the stoner guy threw away evidence was hilarious. So he believes the criminal's story -a guy who had a LONG criminal record (even if he wasn't the killer), spent most of his life in jail - your buddy believes his story while then saying the police were LYING and making things up. LOL - seriously? You guys say Swinney wasn't violent. He almost beat a man to death with a chain. He had assault arrests. Go back and look at the things he was arrested for. Swinney had NO IDEA that he could go to jail for life for getting another conviction for stealing a car. There was no internet back then. Swinney didn't know the law about that - he only found out when he was offered that as a plea deal so he wouldn't be given the electric chair for the murders. Did you guys do ANY research???? You claim Swinney knew that in advance. If you read the police records, Swinney had NO IDEA. His initial lawyer didn't even know the rules!!!!!! Why would Swinney agree to a lifetime jail sentence - without a trial - instead of going to court for the Murders and potentially getting to walk away with NO JAIL TIME (if he really was innocent????). If you were innocent, would you go to jail for LIFE rather than trying to fight the charge? You are podcasting things that simply aren't true. Why didn't his wife sign a confession? The police didn't want her to at first. As his WIFE she didn't have to testify in court, so her testimony would mean nothing. She finally divorced Swinney, but AFTER he was put in jail for life. So then her confession meant ZERO. So she didn't have to sign. For your stoner buddy to act like the non=signed confession was critical in Swinney's defense is laughable. OH - as for her story being a lie......if you read the book, you would know that she was able to verify key pieces of crime scene clues that nobody would know unless they were there. One telling piece being the location of a small journal one of the victims had. The journal was found by the sheriff about 15 feet away from the crime scene in a pile of bushes. The police didn't release that info, keeping it secret as a way to weed out false confessions. GUESS who described exactly where that journal was found? Guess who said a little black book was taken from the victim, saw there was no money in it, and then it was thrown into a pile of bushes about 10-15 feet away from the car???? Swinney's wife. She knew several things that weren't public knowledge. Also, your boy totally misquoted what Swinny actually said to the police when he got arrested. He left out half of the statement. You know, the parts that implicated him in being involved in a much bigger crime. So yea, sorry for the long rant. I'd gladly listen to the one guy, but the stoner guy is sooooo ridiculous that I can't take your podcast serious. He is wrong on so many "facts" that he shares, that it turns the podcast into a joke. With all due respect. Hell, just check out this list. The car Peggy Swinney was arrested for was the one reported stolen on the night of the Griffin/Moore murders. When Tackett caught Youell Swinney on the fire walk, Swinney said, "Please don't shoot me." Tackett replied, "I'm not going to shoot you for stealing cars." Swinney then replied, "Mister, don't play games with me. You want me for more than stealing cars."[52] When Youell was in the police car, he asked Tillman Johnson, "Mr. Johnson, what do you think they'll do to me for this? Will they give me the chair?" Johnson responded with, "You won't get much. Maybe five or ten years. They don't give you the electric chair for stealing cars." Swinney then said, "Mr. Johnson, you got me for more than stealing cars." When a lawyer told Peggy that her husband was being held for murder, she exclaimed, "How did they find it out?" Peggy took officers near the spot where Paul Martin's car was found. She said she went in the woods there. The officers found a woman's heel prints in that area. Peggy's family and Youell's brother-in-law believed Youell was the Phantom. Police found a khaki work shirt in the suspect's room with a laundry mark of the word "S-T-A-R-K", which was read under a black light. In the front pocket of the work shirt, slag was found, which matched samples found in Virgil Starks welding shop. Youell Swinney owned a .32 Colt automatic but had previously sold it at a crap game. While being accused of murder, Swinney remained silent instead of pleading his innocence. Peggy Swinney confessed to her husband's actions, revealing very detailed information, including things officers already knew and other things they did not. **************** LOL - I'm going to go out on a limb and bet the stoner guy is going to say that Arthur Lee Allen is the Zodiac Killer in that podcast.

    Disregard my prior message. I just listened to the end of the podcast. Neither of you read the book - but completely dismiss it. That's crazy. The one guy sounds fairly intelligent and reasonable. But the stoner sounding dude - wow. To be honest, I won't check out any more of your podcasts simply because of the low IQ and common sense of that guy. The book isn't just hearsay and opinions. The author interviewed all the detectives, lawyers, judges. He poured over EVERY piece of evidence that the police had - he had access to all the case files. Your stoner announce watched a youtube video and looked at a couple Internet sites. The author of the book interviewed EVERY living person who was involved in the case. He literally spent 100s of hours investigating. Your partner spent 90 minutes. AND the way the stoner guy threw away evidence was hilarious. So he believes the criminal's story -a guy who had a LONG criminal record (even if he wasn't the killer), spent most of his life in jail - your buddy believes his story while then saying the police were LYING and making things up. LOL - seriously? You guys say Swinney wasn't violent. He almost beat a man to death with a chain. He had assault arrests. Go back and look at the things he was arrested for. Swinney had NO IDEA that he could go to jail for life for getting another conviction for stealing a car. There was no internet back then. Swinney didn't know the law about that - he only found out when he was offered that as a plea deal so he wouldn't be given the electric chair for the murders. Did you guys do ANY research???? You claim Swinney knew that in advance. If you read the police records, Swinney had NO IDEA. His initial lawyer didn't even know the rules!!!!!! Why would Swinney agree to a lifetime jail sentence - without a trial - instead of going to court for the Murders and potentially getting to walk away with NO JAIL TIME (if he really was innocent????). If you were innocent, would you go to jail for LIFE rather than trying to fight the charge? You are podcasting things that simply aren't true. Why didn't his wife sign a confession? The police didn't want her to at first. As his WIFE she didn't have to testify in court, so her testimony would mean nothing. She finally divorced Swinney, but AFTER he was put in jail for life. So then her confession meant ZERO. So she didn't have to sign. For your stoner buddy to act like the non=signed confession was critical in Swinney's defense is laughable. OH - as for her story being a lie......if you read the book, you would know that she was able to verify key pieces of crime scene clues that nobody would know unless they were there. One telling piece being the location of a small journal one of the victims had. The journal was found by the sheriff about 15 feet away from the crime scene in a pile of bushes. The police didn't release that info, keeping it secret as a way to weed out false confessions. GUESS who described exactly where that journal was found? Guess who said a little black book was taken from the victim, saw there was no money in it, and then it was thrown into a pile of bushes about 10-15 feet away from the car???? Swinney's wife. She knew several things that weren't public knowledge. Also, your boy totally misquoted what Swinny actually said to the police when he got arrested. He left out half of the statement. You know, the parts that implicated him in being involved in a much bigger crime.
    So yea, sorry for the long rant. I'd gladly listen to the one guy, but the stoner guy is sooooo ridiculous that I can't take your podcast serious. He is wrong on so many "facts" that he shares, that it turns the podcast into a joke. With all due respect. Hell, just check out this list.
    The car Peggy Swinney was arrested for was the one reported stolen on the night of the Griffin/Moore murders.
    When Tackett caught Youell Swinney on the fire walk, Swinney said, "Please don't shoot me." Tackett replied, "I'm not going to shoot you for stealing cars." Swinney then replied, "Mister, don't play games with me. You want me for more than stealing cars."[52]
    When Youell was in the police car, he asked Tillman Johnson, "Mr. Johnson, what do you think they'll do to me for this? Will they give me the chair?" Johnson responded with, "You won't get much. Maybe five or ten years. They don't give you the electric chair for stealing cars." Swinney then said, "Mr. Johnson, you got me for more than stealing cars."
    When a lawyer told Peggy that her husband was being held for murder, she exclaimed, "How did they find it out?"
    Peggy took officers near the spot where Paul Martin's car was found. She said she went in the woods there. The officers found a woman's heel prints in that area.
    Peggy's family and Youell's brother-in-law believed Youell was the Phantom.
    Police found a khaki work shirt in the suspect's room with a laundry mark of the word "S-T-A-R-K", which was read under a black light.
    In the front pocket of the work shirt, slag was found, which matched samples found in Virgil Starks welding shop.
    Youell Swinney owned a .32 Colt automatic but had previously sold it at a crap game.
    While being accused of murder, Swinney remained silent instead of pleading his innocence.
    Peggy Swinney confessed to her husband's actions, revealing very detailed information, including things officers already knew and other things they did not.
    ****************
    LOL - I'm going to go out on a limb and bet the stoner guy is going to say that Arthur Lee Allen is the Zodiac Killer in that podcast.

  • Jereme Kennington

    Jereme Kennington Texarkana

    I enjoyed your podcast. You did get a few things wrong but nothing major. I had to laugh when you said Hollis got out of the hospital like after 7 months. It was actually around 2 weeks. One thing I completely disagreed on, though, was your statement that Dr. Tennison wrote a book and tries proving that Doodie is responsible. Nothing about that is true. John did not wire a book about it and so he's not making any money from anything he has to say about Doodie. In fact, he's been SPENDING a lot of money for his research. He also doesn't have an opinion about whether his cousin, once removed, is guilty. His motivation is simply to show that the police and newspapers having ruled him out as a suspect is wrong. He presents his evidence on why he shouldn't be ruled out. -Jereme

    I enjoyed your podcast. You did get a few things wrong but nothing major. I had to laugh when you said Hollis got out of the hospital like after 7 months. It was actually around 2 weeks.

    One thing I completely disagreed on, though, was your statement that Dr. Tennison wrote a book and tries proving that Doodie is responsible. Nothing about that is true. John did not wire a book about it and so he's not making any money from anything he has to say about Doodie. In fact, he's been SPENDING a lot of money for his research. He also doesn't have an opinion about whether his cousin, once removed, is guilty. His motivation is simply to show that the police and newspapers having ruled him out as a suspect is wrong. He presents his evidence on why he shouldn't be ruled out.

    -Jereme

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    True Crime Garage

    Jereme thanks for listening. That was our first show and yea we got a few things wrong. Thanks for your thoughts this does help keep us in check. I would like to re visit this case after sometime, and growth doing the show. -Captain

    Jereme thanks for listening. That was our first show and yea we got a few things wrong. Thanks for your thoughts this does help keep us in check. I would like to re visit this case after sometime, and growth doing the show.
    -Captain

  • John Tennison, MD

    John Tennison, MD San Antonio, TX

    I enjoyed your podcast. I am the forensic psychiatrist and first cousin, once-removed to Phantom-Killer suspect, H. B. "Doodie" Tennison to which Jereme Kennington referred. If you are every interested in doing a follow-up show about the Phantom Killer, I would be happy to participate in the such a show.

    I enjoyed your podcast. I am the forensic psychiatrist and first cousin, once-removed to Phantom-Killer suspect, H. B. "Doodie" Tennison to which Jereme Kennington referred. If you are every interested in doing a follow-up show about the Phantom Killer, I would be happy to participate in the such a show.

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    John could you please email the show your information. Thank you so much Captain

    John could you please email the show your information. Thank you so much
    Captain

  • John Tennison, MD

    John Tennison, MD San Antonio, TX

    My email and cell phone are at the bottom of the Did Doodie Do It? page: http://www.texaspsychiatry.com/DidDoodieDoIt.htm

    My email and cell phone are at the bottom of the Did Doodie Do It? page:

    http://www.texaspsychiatry.com/DidDoodieDoIt.htm

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    John Nic will contact you soon. Looking forward to talking to you. Captain

    John Nic will contact you soon. Looking forward to talking to you.
    Captain

  • Michi

    Michi Houston, Texas

    I would like to listen to this podcast but it is not allowing me to? Is something wrong?

    I would like to listen to this podcast but it is not allowing me to? Is something wrong?

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    Michi This episode is available in the website store or in the iTunes store. Thanks for the support Captain

    Michi
    This episode is available in the website store or in the iTunes store. Thanks for the support
    Captain

  • True Phantom Killer Expert

    True Phantom Killer Expert Texarkana,TX

    I agree with Johnny Wishbone regarding the podcast. The stoner dude is absolutely ridiculous. Also, there is no evidence to say that H.B. "Doodie" Tennison was the Phantom. He worked at the same theater that some of the victims attended with their dates. So what? That is a coincidence, not evidence. Most people in Texarkana attended the same theater. The authorities quickly disregarded Doodie as a viable suspect and spent much of their time on Youell Swinney as the real culprit. Ask yourself how long has it been since the FBI or Texas Rangers visited any Tennisons or acquaintances in regards to this case ??? The answer is self-explanatory. Doodie Tennison is not now and never has been viewed as a viable, credible suspect by investigators. he even took back his own false confession to the murders before he poisoned himself.

    I agree with Johnny Wishbone regarding the podcast. The stoner dude is absolutely ridiculous. Also, there is no evidence to say that H.B. "Doodie" Tennison was the Phantom. He worked at the same theater that some of the victims attended with their dates. So what? That is a coincidence, not evidence. Most people in Texarkana attended the same theater. The authorities quickly disregarded Doodie as a viable suspect and spent much of their time on Youell Swinney as the real culprit. Ask yourself how long has it been since the FBI or Texas Rangers visited any Tennisons or acquaintances in regards to this case ??? The answer is self-explanatory. Doodie Tennison is not now and never has been viewed as a viable, credible suspect by investigators. he even took back his own false confession to the murders before he poisoned himself.

  • Kayla

    Kayla Phoenix, AZ

    Captain and Nic, I just started listening to your show, and I am a HUGE fan! However, iTunes does not have your previous episodes for me to listen to and I have listened to almost all of the ones that are in iTunes. How can I listen to previous episodes? Thanks for all you guys do!

    Captain and Nic,

    I just started listening to your show, and I am a HUGE fan! However, iTunes does not have your previous episodes for me to listen to and I have listened to almost all of the ones that are in iTunes. How can I listen to previous episodes?

    Thanks for all you guys do!

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    Kayla, Our older episodes are available for purchase via the iTunes Store and on our website. Cheers, Nic

    Kayla,
    Our older episodes are available for purchase via the iTunes Store and on our website.
    Cheers, Nic

  • Roxanne

    Roxanne Austin

    Hey Guys, Can you walk us through how to find the older episodes on the website? I can only access the ones that are also availiable in iTunes, but I want to hear your earlier episodes as well! Currently I cannot access episodes 1-23 through iTunes or your podbean link. Do we need to register through the site or anything? Help! Thank you!

    Hey Guys,

    Can you walk us through how to find the older episodes on the website? I can only access the ones that are also availiable in iTunes, but I want to hear your earlier episodes as well! Currently I cannot access episodes 1-23 through iTunes or your podbean link. Do we need to register through the site or anything?

    Help!

    Thank you!

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    Roxanne Just click on the store page and scroll down Captain

    Roxanne

    Just click on the store page and scroll down

    Captain

  • Greg S.

    Greg S. Philadelphia, PA

    Guys, Love the show but I can't get to any of your podcasts before Slender Man. Downloaded the Popdbean App Nic suggested in another post, but that only goes back to the Long Island Serial Killer episode (1 before Slender Man). Help a guy out will ya?! Thanks and keep up the awesome work! -Greg

    Guys,

    Love the show but I can't get to any of your podcasts before Slender Man. Downloaded the Popdbean App Nic suggested in another post, but that only goes back to the Long Island Serial Killer episode (1 before Slender Man). Help a guy out will ya?!

    Thanks and keep up the awesome work!

    -Greg

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    Greg S all past episodes are in the iTunes store or in the website store Captain

    Greg S

    all past episodes are in the iTunes store or in the website store

    Captain

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous Detroit, MI

    Episodes 1-39 are not on iTunes. Where can they be found?

    Episodes 1-39 are not on iTunes. Where can they be found?

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    Kelly • Detroit, MI They are in the iTunes store not the podcast app. Also in the website store. Some of them are free. thanks for the support. Captain

    Kelly • Detroit, MI

    They are in the iTunes store not the podcast app. Also in the website store. Some of them are free. thanks for the support.

    Captain

  • Michele

    Michele Alabama

    Capt, Just wanted to tell you "Doodie" as a nickname is NOT a Southern thing. That's a stupid thing.

    Capt,

    Just wanted to tell you "Doodie" as a nickname is NOT a Southern thing. That's a stupid thing.

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