population of Texarkana AR; White 8,143, Negro 3,678
1940 population of Texarkana TX; White 11,892, Negro
Feb. 1946 The
Phantom Killer Strikes
The first assault happened somewhere near the intersection of
Robison and Richmond roads. In 1946, this was the undeveloped
countryside surrounding Texarkana, this is also where friends
and lovers went to park. The first victims was Mary Jeanne Larey,
19, and her date, Jimmy Hollis, 24.
March 1946 the bullet riddled bodies of Richard L.
Griffin, aged 29, a Texarkana War Veteran and Miss Polly Ann
Moore, aged 17, employed at the Red River Arsenal in Texarkana
were found in Mr. Griffin's parked 1941 Oldsmobile on South
Robison Rd. road outside the city limits on the Texas side of
the city. Mr. Griffin was found in the front seat of the car and
Miss Moore was found face down in the back seat although she was
killed outside the car and placed in the car. The girl's body
had been abused.
the bodies of Paul Martin, aged 17, of
Kilgore, Texas and Betty Jo Booker, aged 15, of Texarkana were
found on a country road in the vicinity of Spring Lake Park.
Paul's coupe was found near the entrance to the park but Paul's
body was found about 1.5 miles from his car near what is now
Cork Lane North of I-30. Betty Jo's body was found about a mile
and a half away near what is now Fernwood., They had both been
shot to death and it was discovered later that Betty Jo had been
in the farm home of Virgil Starks, age 38, the Texarkana Killer
strikes again. Mr Starks' farm was located on Hwy 67 about 12
miles northeast of the city in Miller County, Arkansas. Mr
Starks was siting in his living room near a window listening to
the radio when the killer fired two shots to the back of Mr.
Starks head with a .22 caliber rifle. Mrs. Kate Starks who
was in an adjoining bedroom, heard the sound of breaking glass
and ran into the living room where she discovered her husband
slumped in the floor and ran to her telephone where she was shot
twice in the face. Mrs. Starks, hearing the intruder breaking in
the screen door in back, stumbled out the front door and made
her way across the road to a neighbor to get help. It was
discovered later that the killer entered the house and dabbled
his hands in the pools of blood. Mr. Starks died from his wounds
and his wife was taken to Michael Meagher Hospital in Texarkana
where she was listed in critical condition. Mrs. Starks later
recovered from her wounds.
Henry Grady Holmes appointed as Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark.
to 1948 ( a uncle to Elvie Davis )
26 Sept. 1948
Fine spring water, a natural lake and land set in a frame of
lovely trees lured a young man from TN to settle on the site,
build a house and raise a family. His name was W. W. Wootten and
the year he first saw the spring was 1836. The young man from Tn
gave to this pioneer country the work of his hands, the love of
his heart and seven children to carry on his name and work. In
1873, Mrs. Martha Wootten, widow of the young man from TN,
attended the town lot sales with two other widows. Mrs. Wootten
purchased the two lots at Fourth and Pine where the family home
still stands (1948) The other widows were a Mrs. Ward, who
bought the corner lots where Cargile Moter Co is located, and
Mrs. Blankenship, mother of Mrs. George Bottoms, who bought the
corner lots where Creekmore Moter Co stands.
Mrs. Agnes Wootten came to Texarkana 50
years ago from Lewisville Ar. a town that bears her family name
Lewis. She and Benjamin were the parents of one child, now Audis
Wootten Hesterly. Benjamin Wootten died in 1932. Mrs. Wootten
can recall the time when there were so many saloons in Texarkana
and so many fights and killings that women did not go to town
Nov. 1948 Max
Ambrose Txckett appointed as Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark.and
served until 1968. Pryor to 1948 Max was a criminal investigator
for the Ark. State Police
16 Nov. 1948
Charlie Boyd, Ark. State Trooper, moved up to State Police
Supervisor of district four Monday. Boyd has been with the dept.
ten years and twice turned down permotions but last week
accepted the spot vacated by Bob Porterfield. Porterfield moved
up to become an investigater, a position vacated by Max Tackett
who became Texarkana Arkansas Police Chief.
29 Nov. 1948
Police Chief Max Tackett announced Sunday that he has added four
patrolmen to the Texarkana Ark. police force. Tackett listed
them as, Ed Williams, 37, married with one child, Curtis Lee
Blaylock, 36, married with 5 children, Ralph E Phillips 29
married and Mitchell Garrison, 37, married with two children.
16 July 1949
Appointment of James E. Grimes, 47, as assistant police chief of
the Arkansas side police department, and Andrew C Ober, 48, as
desk sergeant, was made permanent Friday. Assistant Chief
Grimes, who has been with the department five years is a former
Red River Arsenal security officer. Sergeant Ober is a former
Navada County sheriff and has been in law enforcement for a
number of years.