I guess the most worrisome thing about some of these older crimes is the fact that many of them have never been solved. Guess that Texas hasn't changed all that much over the years...we still get our share of blood thirsty killers from time to time. I don't think many are like this one though!
Servant Girl Annihilator
Jack’s Trial Run?
The Servant Girl Annihilator, or Austin Axe Murderer, was a serial killer or killers who terrorized Austin, Texas, between 1884 and 1885. It is thought that at least seven women, mostly servant girls, died at the hands of the killer, who typically dragged his victims from their beds and raped them before slashing or axing them to death. Several victims were stabbed by some sort of spike in the ears or the face. His first victim was Mollie Smith, on New Year’s Eve, 1884. Many people were arrested for the crimes, but none were convicted. The last killings were a year after the first, ending with the murder of two wealthy white women, Eula Phillips and Sue Hancock, in central Austin, on December 24, 1885. The crimes represented an early example of a serial killer in the United States, three years before the Jack the Ripper murders in London. Some have even attempted to prove that the Annihilator and Jack the Ripper were one and the same. You can read more about this killing spree here.
You have to wonder what it is in some folks' mind that makes them do things like this. Guess the crazies were abundant even that far back, even in Texas! Sad, isn't it?
How about coffee in the kitchen again this morning? It's drizzling outside!