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SERIAL KILLER: The Freeway Phantom

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True Crime

4.7352.7K Ratings

🗓️ 16 May 2022

⏱️ 42 minutes

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When six young girls are found murdered, their similarities link them all to one killer. With no witnesses and no leads, investigators are still asking who is The Freeway Phantom over forty years later.

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Hi, crime junkies. I just want to drop in quickly and say, thank you. I should have expected it,


but it blew me away nonetheless. Your outpouring of support for Brit is unmatched. I mean, within


hours between comments and emails, we have 15,000 messages from you guys. And I'm going to make sure


every single one of those gets to Brit. Brit is still doing well, still recovering. And just as a


reminder, you are going to hear Brit's voice on this episode. And through the rest of May,


we had these prerecorded. So I hope you enjoy.


Hi, crime junkies. I'm your host, Ashley Flowers. And I'm Brit. And the story I have for you today


is about six victims whose similarities both in life and in death led police on a manhunt for


a nefarious killer, a killer whose identity remains a mystery to this very day. This is the story


of the Freeway Phantom.


Just after 7pm on April 25, 1971, a single mother of eight,


Alanteens Spings is walking back to her Washington DC apartment after spending a few hours visiting


her sister in nearby Maryland. And that's when she runs into her 13-year-old daughter, Carol.


Now, Alanteens is bliv it to see Carol because Carol and all of her siblings know that


under no circumstances are they allowed to leave the apartment while she is out. So she


demands to know what Carol is doing out. And Carol explains that Valerie, her oldest sister,


was hounding her in her siblings to run to the 7-Eleven for her. And she went because Valerie just


like wouldn't let up. And Carol was like, okay fine, she got fed up and was like, okay, I'll go.


I mean, that totally sounds like an older sister thing to do.


Oh, totally. Anyway, Alanteens is upset as she tells Carol, look, you're already out,


go get what you need from the store, and then you and I are going to have a discussion when you


get home. Only Carol doesn't come home. Alanteens waits and waits. And after three hours,


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