The Horrifying Texarkana Phantom Killer

  • Published on Apr 19, 2019
  • A shadowy killer pushes a small town to the edge.
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Comments • 8 460

  • BuzzFeed Unsolved Network
    BuzzFeed Unsolved Network  2 months ago +4119

    Make sure to leave your questions for our Post Mortem episode down below!

    • Aleida Long
      Aleida Long 27 days ago

      @Abby Holt same

    • C H I M I C H A N G A
      C H I M I C H A N G A 28 days ago

      Please remove the mannequin in the back, please? It really freaks me out whenever I forget that its just a prop

    • Kathy L.
      Kathy L. 2 months ago

      Could you guys make a video on black diamond mine in california. There has been sightings of a woman in a white dress there,nicknamed the white witch

  • Uncle Sophie
    Uncle Sophie 4 hours ago

    maybe the murderer was just salty because he couldn't get a girlfriend and so he killed a bunch of couples

  • Dioni Soriano cosme
    Dioni Soriano cosme 10 hours ago +2

    "he made him pull his pants down"

  • Randolph Slumber
    Randolph Slumber 16 hours ago

    For some reason people seem to think that double barrel shotguns are more powerful or more effective than pumps or semi automatics. 😂

  • Mari M
    Mari M Day ago

    Why is everything Shane say is me lmao like the teeth thing with forks I can’t stand that either or his fear of someone chasing him with Herion lmao 😂😂

  • Citlali Rodriguez

    I heard Stark I started crying

  • Anthony Small
    Anthony Small Day ago

    These 2 guys are assholes .along light and jokes of people horribly murdered

  • Jason Botzong
    Jason Botzong Day ago

    Y’all y’all to much. Your are trying to fit to many bits into it.

  • eryn
    eryn Day ago +2

    *mural of the story: don’t have a gf/bf*

  • Vivian Morales
    Vivian Morales Day ago

    Who else got Riverdale vibes from the white mask how he almost killed them

  • Alyssa
    Alyssa Day ago +2

    **End quote**

  • julianna
    julianna Day ago +1

    okok why did i not know this but i have lived in Texas my whole life

  • Samantha Woo
    Samantha Woo 2 days ago +5

    I’m gonna start calling hammocks “murder bags” from now on

  • Owl Kit
    Owl Kit 2 days ago +1

    "It's like where both making out"...oh?👀

  • Seth Hollis
    Seth Hollis 2 days ago

    Ha my uncle guaranteed 😭

  • Crazed Otter
    Crazed Otter 2 days ago

    im sorry but that image at 1:50 is so funny

    PANCHO LIBRE TV 2 days ago

    Thanos's nickname is doodie?

  • Bello _1924
    Bello _1924 2 days ago +2

    Absolutely nobody:

    Ryan:EnD qOuTe

  • Bulent Karapinar
    Bulent Karapinar 2 days ago


  • Yggi11
    Yggi11 2 days ago +2

    Do you think all these ghouls and criminals act up in "Febuayi" specifically to mess with Ryan?

  • Bulent Karapinar
    Bulent Karapinar 2 days ago

    What is the problem about Mary name all the killers find a victim named Mary

  • Beaulo no
    Beaulo no 2 days ago

    a .22 is a pellet caliber

  • Winnie Lindsay
    Winnie Lindsay 2 days ago

    I just got to the point where Shane said, "they're wizards" and then a Harry Potter app advert popped up!

  • jose cuevas
    jose cuevas 3 days ago

    Madeline McCain

  • Madyson Reed
    Madyson Reed 3 days ago

    I’m super allergic to cats

  • Madyson Reed
    Madyson Reed 3 days ago


  • Anita Bonita
    Anita Bonita 3 days ago

    Ooof my college roommate from junior year was from Texarkana. From what she told me, that town is creepy. I should send this to her.

  • Marin Head
    Marin Head 3 days ago

    And pEgGy!
    I’m sorry 😐

  • Aspect_Crafty
    Aspect_Crafty 3 days ago +5

    *A Killer comes up to my window*
    Me: *Rolls up my window*

  • Iamfallingup !!
    Iamfallingup !! 3 days ago

    There has never been an ice cream truck in my town but while watching this video an ice cream truck playing CREEPY music passed by WTF

  • Shannon Doyle
    Shannon Doyle 3 days ago

    i really want one on jefrey dahmer!!

  • Morgan
    Morgan 4 days ago +1


  • game skinner
    game skinner 4 days ago

    800th dislike 😎

  • Space Potato
    Space Potato 4 days ago

    I used to live in Texarkana

  • Laina Mattox
    Laina Mattox 4 days ago +1

    Shane: What's the opposite of a booby trap?
    Me: A nipple release 😂

  • VisionWafflezz
    VisionWafflezz 4 days ago +1

    Wyyy who else lives in Texarkana I do!!!!!

  • Joanna Gonzalez
    Joanna Gonzalez 4 days ago

    I know what happened youelle and Peggy did the murders but Peggy told them different stories to throw them of

  • Sketchy Tea
    Sketchy Tea 4 days ago

    I have a feeling that The X-Files Season 1 Episode 13: Beyond The Sea was inspired by the Texarkana Phantom Murders

  • Ava Thibodeaux
    Ava Thibodeaux 4 days ago

    While watching this my brother came in my room and scared me and me being me I through my pillow at him.😂

  • Lydia Rodríguez
    Lydia Rodríguez 4 days ago

    18:27 or she was the damn killer 👀

  • Дарья Левченко

    Actually, it'd be a little funny if the real murderer was Virgil Starks and murders stopped not because the killer became bored or something like this but because he was killed himself. In addition, if this would be true, Virgil's murderer could also be one of the victims' friend or relative who didn't have very strong believe in police.

  • Arcane Reminiscence
    Arcane Reminiscence 5 days ago

    Is it weird that i have a crush on Shane caused by his uniquely amusing dialogues? 😅😂

    • Ashley Kainer
      Ashley Kainer 3 days ago

      Arcane Reminiscence nope, not at all. Join the club.

  • Gabby Jordan
    Gabby Jordan 5 days ago

    I really need to stop watching this late at night

  • Ana and Alessia
    Ana and Alessia 5 days ago

    I live an hour from Texarkana and everyone still talks about this they also made a movie about it

  • A Golden Spoon
    A Golden Spoon 5 days ago

    Truth serum was a relatively important part of the plot of Veronica Roth’s trilogy “Divergent”. That means nothing. Just thought I’d mention it.

  • Emma Purce
    Emma Purce 5 days ago


  • Hannah Peterson
    Hannah Peterson 5 days ago +10

    Ryan: "You could overdose on it, you could take too much truth serum."
    Me: ..... ...."YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH"

  • Marc Meier
    Marc Meier 5 days ago

    Texarkana was probably rowdy in the 40’s. But now it’s definitely a super normal, middle class, predominantly white town.

  • Zee x
    Zee x 5 days ago

    this may seem irrelevant but how was everyone okay with a 29 year old man dating a 17 year old teenager which is really gross

  • dork xx
    dork xx 5 days ago

    ryan’s smile just instantly makes me smile omg

  • Youknowwho it Is
    Youknowwho it Is 6 days ago

    ”end quote”

  • Reee EEEeee
    Reee EEEeee 6 days ago

    So the snap didn’t kill Mr. Stark, but a unidentifiable man killed him. Sounds legit

  • Karlyn20
    Karlyn20 6 days ago +3

    Ryan - where you hail from

  • Cristian Fuentes
    Cristian Fuentes 6 days ago

    Im frome Texas im now scared

  • Rainbow Unicorn
    Rainbow Unicorn 7 days ago +6

    “Everybody trusts them..”
    *Plot twist: the grim’s owner is the killer.*

  • Carson Mackenzie
    Carson Mackenzie 7 days ago

    Love watching this as a native Texan.

  • Karina Ortega
    Karina Ortega 7 days ago

    Ur gonna booby hug him u ain't got any

  • Panic! At Your Mom
    Panic! At Your Mom 7 days ago +3

    I bet Mr. Stark doesn't feel so good...

  • Star Lambert
    Star Lambert 7 days ago

    Hat Man/Shadow People please.

  • Joanna Saavedra
    Joanna Saavedra 7 days ago +3

    The person who let the "phantom killer" buy the gun,why didnt he tell the police or something and thats how they could know who it is
    Hopefully that made sense

  • Edward Bruggeman
    Edward Bruggeman 7 days ago

    Has there ever been a psychological profile done of this killer? If so who did the profiling and what are the findings and if not then why not?

  • Noelle
    Noelle 7 days ago +1

    this video: spooky
    me, a easily spooked person: oO spooky video

  • Lexie Bridges
    Lexie Bridges 8 days ago

    i’m not ready to hear about any starks it’s still too soon

  • Alexis Cardenas
    Alexis Cardenas 8 days ago

    I think there’s a goosebump book made about this, right?

  • Aleese
    Aleese 8 days ago +3

    Ryan: it was a serial killer
    Imagine if true crime series was like the supernatural series XD

  • Alina Adam
    Alina Adam 8 days ago +1

    Imagine Ryan and Shane would accidentally solve a murder at some point haha

  • JAMES Caitlin May
    JAMES Caitlin May 9 days ago

    Ryan go back to saying febyary

  • eva diaz
    eva diaz 9 days ago +2

    Any Texas kids?
    Or houston babies?

  • William Crazy_kid09
    William Crazy_kid09 9 days ago

    13:35 he killed iron man?!

  • Loco Moco
    Loco Moco 9 days ago

    I live in Texarkana

  • xxDontEvenTryxx
    xxDontEvenTryxx 9 days ago

    5:50 Okay Lady Gaga I see you

  • __:NANAMI__LEE:__
    __:NANAMI__LEE:__ 9 days ago

    do the slenderman stabbing next please there where two Girls who killed their friend

  • Marvel Stan3000
    Marvel Stan3000 9 days ago +11

    The phantom killer was obviously the Winter Soldier ( he even murdered a Mr.Stark )

  • Big Chungus
    Big Chungus 10 days ago

    He killed mr. stark 😦

  • The Ugly Barnacle
    The Ugly Barnacle 10 days ago

    4:15 hes not even tryna kick him

  • lindathorsell1
    lindathorsell1 10 days ago

    Did they look into the farmer who was shot? maybe he was the phantom killer and the killings stopped because someone shot him....

  • Arturo Salazar
    Arturo Salazar 10 days ago +2

    So that's who killed iron man in endgame

  • Ezra Lee
    Ezra Lee 10 days ago

    bruh u did an art book for this case in uni it fascinates me sm!

  • Giulia Antoniazzi
    Giulia Antoniazzi 11 days ago

    this would be the only time i would be glad i'm single

  • Turtle
    Turtle 11 days ago

    So one on Rachel Garden, a cold case from the 80s. My mom was best friends with her little sister, Kate, who I refer to as my aunt. They reopen the case every few years and it’s believed she ran away, but it would be nice to see some more coverage on it.

  • Julie Silva
    Julie Silva 11 days ago +1

    Anddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd.... that's why high schoolers have phones.

  • Jessica Paul
    Jessica Paul 11 days ago

    “It’s just a murder bag” 😂😂😂💀

  • Rutuja Patankar
    Rutuja Patankar 12 days ago

    The statue or mannequin whatever it is behind Shane, that thing haunts me the MOST....
    More than his eyes

  • Aunt Cynthia
    Aunt Cynthia 12 days ago

    Maybe it was because his name was doodie lol

  • kayla shay
    kayla shay 12 days ago

    Woman shot I'm the face twice. lives man shot once with a .22 dies... How?

  • Josieny Maduro
    Josieny Maduro 12 days ago

    why does this remind me of the axeman killings?

  • Soup Time Now time
    Soup Time Now time 12 days ago +1

    I just stubbed by toe.
    All hail the watcher I guess.

  • ReaPeR_hogs
    ReaPeR_hogs 12 days ago

    Anyone else live in Texarkana...?????

  • BetterLifeAhead
    BetterLifeAhead 12 days ago

    The "truth serum" is basically part anesthetic and relaxed the person and reduced anxiety - think Xanax and barbiturates mixed together. It was meant to lower inhibitions and self control. Obviously that would actually have pretty varied effects.

  • BetterLifeAhead
    BetterLifeAhead 12 days ago

    Maybe he wore a mask in case of witnesses, not for the victims

  • Aaron Payne
    Aaron Payne 12 days ago +4

    A well *lit* area, with food, candy, and some pop where people could make out.... You realise you just described a drive-in movie..... (One day I'll learn to english)

  • Samantha Golper
    Samantha Golper 13 days ago

    I heard something about it being a police officer but idk

  • Norah Kirkpatrick
    Norah Kirkpatrick 13 days ago +1

    Don’t worry your safe in the comments💕💕

  • Alex G
    Alex G 13 days ago

    You should do one on Ted Bundy

  • Sophie Chen
    Sophie Chen 13 days ago

    I live in Texarkana.......I'm so scared

  • Niki Crow
    Niki Crow 13 days ago

    Ok but I thought this was normal but no one really pays attention when someone gets murdered where I live like there is so many no one cares I thought that’s how it worked

  • Bella M
    Bella M 13 days ago


  • Luisandrey Ortega
    Luisandrey Ortega 13 days ago

    When the crime in the lovers lane came out I was reminded of the hearts breaks killer episode in lucifer

  • S. Iacomus
    S. Iacomus 14 days ago +13

    I think that The Zodiac Killer was inspired by The Phantom Killer.

  • Levi Ahlbom
    Levi Ahlbom 14 days ago

    R o w d y b o y s