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The Midnight Assassin

May 30, 2021
In 1885 a terrifying string of attacks in Austin, Texas erupted through the city, preying on the servant class. An unknown attacker, or band of attackers, broke into the residences of servants across the city, striking many of them in the head with an axe. The attacks carried on for months with police making little advancement until the night of Christmas Eve saw two of the city's gentry struck down forcing the authorities to act. Queue a flock of noseblind bloodhounds, a trio of fake Pinkertons and a mayor with far too much on his plate.
 
SOURCES
 
Galloway, J.R. (2010) The Servant Girl Murders: Austin, Texas 1885. Booklocker.com, inc. USA.
 
Galloway, J.R. (2021) About The Victims | The Servant Girl Murders Austin, Texas 1885. [online] Servantgirlmurders.com. Available at: <http://www.servantgirlmurders.com/about-the-victims/> [Accessed 23 May 2021].
 
Hollandsworth, Skip (2017) The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and The Hunt For Americas First Serial Killer. Picador Publishing, USA.
 
Fort Worth Daily Gazette (1885) A Colored Woman Murdered - Birth of the Daily Sun. 01 Jan, 1885, p.5. TX, USA
 
Austin American Statesman (1885) Bloody Work. 01 Jan, 1885, p.4. TX, USA
 
Austin American Statesman (1885) Still A Mystery. 02 Jan, 1885, p.4. TX, USA
 
Austin American Statesman (1885) A Day And Deed. 03 March, 1885, p.4. TX, USA
 
Austin American Statesman (1885) At It Again. 30 April, 1885, p.4. TX, USA
 
Austin American Statesman (1885) More Butchery. 23 May, 1885, p.4. TX, USA
 
Austin American Statesman (1885) Slain Servants. 30 Sep, 1885, p.4. TX, USA
 
Austin American Statesman (1885) Blood! Blood! Blood! 26 Dec, 1885, p.4. TX, USA
 
Austin American Statesman (1885) The Assassinations. 14 Jan, 1885, p.4. TX, USA
 
A collection of historical Photographs and Maps were found here: https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/AHCP/browse/?fq=untl_decade%3A1880-1889&start=24
 

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