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You wake up in the middle of a Stihl black night and have that strange feeling like someone was just in your room. You can almost feel the breeze, their body would have created off past you.
Your eyes Dart from corner to corner, searching, the darkness for anything out of place, but fine everything as it should be. You sink back into your pillow, yawning, your worries away. I sleep. Takes you under in the morning. You stretch and run your fingers through your hair.
Your stomach drops and a scream. Escapes your lips as you realize a chunk of your Tresses is missing.
I'm Ashley mcglothern and I'm going to tell you a scary story. This is Southern haunts.
The story I just told you may sound like a scene from, I Know What You Did Last Summer, but it actually happened, several times to several women in Pascagoula, Mississippi in the early 1940s.
The first attack occurred at the Our Lady of Victories Convent on July 5th. 1942,
Young Mary, Evelyn Briggs and Edna, Marie Heidel, shared a room at the convent.
And awoke to find a man leaving through the bedroom window. The girls looked around to see if robbery had maybe been the reason for the Intruder, although they did not own much.
Play Then discovered that a lock of Mary's hair with missing.
The girl would later tell the Greenville News quote. I saw a figure of a kind of short fat, man, bending over me. He had something shiny in his hands and was fooling with my hair. When he saw me open my eyes. He said,
I yelled and he jumped out the window.
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A few days later on the following Monday, the Phantom Barber struck again. This time the Intruder slice through the screen on the window and cut the hair of six-year-old. Carol PD while she was sleeping soundly next to her twin, brother.
This time, the barber left, a Sandy footprint behind near the window. He entered the following Friday. The home of the Heidelberg was struck by the scissor wielding Menace. However, this attack was different.
The Intruder entered the home, the same way he had with the others. They're splitting the screen on the window.
But instead of just cutting, mrs. Heidelberg hair, the Phantom Barbara, attacked her and her husband with an iron bar knocking. Mr. Heidelberg unconscious and knocking out a few of mrs. Heidelberg Franti due to the swiftness of the attack. Neither of the victims could say, much about the perpetrator.
These three attacks sent the small Gulf Coast Town into a tizzy. The police force brought in Bloodhounds and begin deputizing, local men to help search for the Phantom Barber of Pascagoula.
They searched high and low, but only found a pair of bloody gloves that have been taught to side.
Then the barber struck again.
On a Sunday evening at mrs. R r Taylor would be the barber spinal victim.
Taylor had told police that she was woken up by a sickening smell and the next thing she remembers is falling back asleep, waking up and getting violently. Ill. This led authorities to believe that the perpetrator was using chloroform to keep his victims still.
It would be two more months before the police would announce that. They had made an arrest in connection with the barber crimes.
No new incidents had occurred but the city had lived in fear. None, the less 57 year old William Dolan, who had some legal run-ins with the heidelbergse was arrested and charged with attempted murder police claimed to have found a stash of human hair seemingly, belonging to Carroll PD. The youngest victim on Dolan's property.
During his arrest and trial, Nolan maintained his innocence declaring. He had nothing to do with these crimes.
But, despite his claims Dolan was found guilty, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
But was released in 1951.
There are some who believe that Dolan is not the Phantom Barber.
Dolan with a German chemist and a Nazi sympathizer. Yes, that makes him really not cool but not necessarily the Phantom Barber. However, at this point in American history, these things made the local sea Dolan as a traitor. No matter what he did or didn't, do they just believed it best for him to be locked up. So, whether he actually committed, the crimes are not be, was guilty in the court of public opinion. And sometimes, that's the only thing that matters.
And if it wasn't Dolan, then my question is who was sneaking around and cutting young woman's hair, the summer of 1942.
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