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Steubenville, known as “Little Chicago” during the Prohibition era, had hoped that the end of the ban on alcohol on December 5, 1933, would also mark the end of its notorious reputation. However, those hopes were shattered just eight weeks later when the Phantom Killer emerged under the cover of a full moon. In the mill yards of Steubenville’s Wheeling Steel Plant, this mysterious assailant ambushed a rail worker, mercilessly shooting him five times.

The Steubenville Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and Wheeling Steel Mill Police immediately formed a joint task force in the New Year, determined to apprehend the Phantom before he struck again. Fear gripped the community, and the strongest millworkers on the midnight shift began arming themselves, anxiously wondering who would be the next victim. As the investigation unfolded, Steubenville found itself thrust once more into the national spotlight as the Phantom’s reign of terror persisted.

In this gripping true crime account, local historian Susan M. Guy delves deep into one of Steubenville’s most infamous and chilling crimes. With meticulous research and attention to detail, she unravels the events surrounding the Phantom Killer, shedding light on the investigation, the impact on the community, and the relentless pursuit of justice. Guy’s narrative places readers at the heart of the unfolding drama, capturing the tension, fear, and determination that consumed Steubenville during this dark period.

By exploring this haunting chapter of Steubenville’s history, Guy reminds us of the enduring allure of true crime stories and their ability to captivate the imagination. “Moonlight Mill Murders of Steubenville, Ohio” is a must-read for anyone fascinated by unsolved mysteries, the psychology of killers, and the resilience of communities facing unimaginable horrors. Prepare to be enthralled by this meticulously researched and compelling account that unveils the secrets hidden within the shadows of Steubenville’s past.



About the author

Susan M. Guy - True Crime Author

Born and raised in Jefferson County, Ohio, Susan M. Guy served as a police officer for fifteen years on the Cross Creek Township Police Department, having followed in the footsteps of her police captain father. She achieved the rank of sergeant. Ms. Guy is currently in her 26th year as a corrections officer for the state of Ohio. Her mother’s family has been in Jefferson County since before 1815. Her inquisitiveness into her family’s past turned into a love of genealogy and local history. Her hobby led her to join a writing class at the local college, which turned into a writers’ group, made up of members of that writing class. One thing led to another and her first book, Mobsters, Madams & Murder in Steubenville, Ohio was born. Published by Arcadia Publishing/History Press, the book was met with resounding success. Her second endeavor, The Moonlight Mill Murders of Steubenville, Ohio promises to keep the momentum going.


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