The handwritten note said, “This is tantamount to my insensititivity (sic) to people especially women. I will admit the others when you catch me if you can! Free-Way Phantom.”
The note was found inside the pocket of the maroon-colored coat that had been draped over the deceased 18-year-old woman. A police officer, patrolling the Baltimore Washington Parkway at about 4:50 AM, found the body of Brenda Denise Woodard lying off the shoulder of the road, not far from the Route 202/Cheverly Exit. Her body was still warm.
Brenda Woodard was not the first victim of the Freeway Phantom and unfortunately she wouldn’t be his last.
Music: Polyrhythmics - Octagon
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Daniel Lauer and Annamaria Phelps left their parents' homes in Amelia County, Virginia to drive a few hours east to Virginia Beach where Daniel's brother/Annamaria's fiance' lived. They only got as far as an hour away. Daniel's car was later located in a strange place, but Annamaria and Daniel were gone.
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On April 8th, 1988, Richard Keith Call took Cassandra Lee Hailey out for their first date. They were last seen early the next morning leaving a party together near the college that they both attended. They were never seen again.
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On a Saturday afternoon in 1987, in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia, two people met for the first time at an arcade. The most popular games of the time were Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Outrun and Road Blasters. 14-year-old Robin Edwards and 20-year-old David Knobling struck up a conversation and an interest in each other. He was there with his two brothers. All together they left the arcade and rode around in his truck until she had to be home, presumably for her curfew. Knobling dropped her off at her home in Newport News and then he returned to his home in the next town over, Hampton, Virginia. He didn’t stay long though. His brothers reported that he left shortly after and never returned. Robin Edwards left her home too. She snuck out late Saturday night and met up with Knobling. He drove them across the James River Bridge to the Ragged Island Wildlife Refuge in Isle of Wight County near Smithfield, Virginia. He parked the truck in a lot at the south end of the James River bridge. Late on a Saturday night, he might have thought it was the perfect place to be alone. They weren’t alone for long, however, and they wouldn’t survive the night.
Currents 8 bit - Sleeping At Last (Remixed by Mike & Steve of The Reign of Kind)
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How many times have you gotten home from work and then set out on an evening jog? Needing to get in that last big calorie burn before you eat dinner and retire to bed. Maybe you’re a morning jogger. When you do go out though, do you ever imagine yourself being the one to discover something gruesome? Like on all your favorite TV shows, it’s always a jogger, hiker or hunter who finds the evidence of a horrific crime first, the one who sets in motion the rolling boulder of a police investigation. Those quiet moments you enjoy in desolate beautiful places suddenly interrupted by the cold slap of an evil act. Killers like those places too, you know, but for very different reasons.
This is the first episode in a four part series about the Colonial Parkway Murders that occurred between 1986 and 1989.