The chilling story of Washington D.C.’s first serial killer.
Between April 1971 and September 1972, before the term serial killer existed, six young Black girls went missing in the Washington D.C. area. They were abducted, murdered, and their bodies were discarded alongside D.C. freeways. Due to the location of the bodies, local media gave the killer a name: “The Freeway Phantom.” Five decades later, no one has been brought to justice, and few know the details behind D.C.’s first serial killer. The victims and their families deserve answers. Welcome to Freeway Phantom.
About the Podcast
From the creators of Atlanta Monster and Monster: DC Sniper comes a new true crime series, Freeway Phantom. The 10-part investigative series takes listeners back over 50 years to the unsolved murders of at least six young Black girls, ages 10 to 18. Their names are: Carol Denise Spinks (13), Darlenia Denise Johnson (16), Brenda Faye Crockett (10), Nenomoshia Yates (12), Brenda Denise Woodard (18), and Diane Williams (17). The killer taunted police with a chilling note claiming responsibility for the murders, writing, “catch me if you can,” and even terrorized victims’ families with calls to their homes.
With first hand accounts from victims’ families, law enforcement agencies, and would-be victims, the podcast will review old evidence, provide a new perspective, and reveal new findings.
Freeway Phantom is a production of iHeartRadio, Tenderfoot TV, and Black Bar Mitzvah.
Host · Narrator
About the Host
Freeway Phantom is hosted by Celeste Headlee (NPR, PBS, TEDx), an award winning journalist, best selling author and public speaker with a 20 year career in public radio. A current Washington D.C. resident, Celeste has spent the past two years sifting through boxes of documents and interviewing investigators and family members who are still haunted by these murders.