From December 1884 to December 1885, an unknown killer terrorized the town of Austin, Texas. This person murdered 8 people and injured many more. The killer started out targeting African-American women who worked as servants in affluent Austin homes. For this reason, you will often see this case referred to as The Servant Girl Annihilator case, a term penned by an author back in the 1880s.
Join Mike and Gibby as they discuss the Austin Ax Murders. The crimes committed by this perpetrator were horrific. Many of these women were dragged out of the home in the middle of the night and murdered with an ax. The killer left behind a signature or calling card in many of the murders. But questions abound in this case that may lead to clues about the killer. Why did the killers select the victims he did? Was it because he had some type of intimate knowledge of the homes that these servants lived/worked in? This case is also intriguing for the fact that many people have tried to tie this case in with Jack The Ripper. Could it be that the Austin ax murderer left for London and began murdering there?
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