An unknown serial killer, popularly known today as the Servant Girl Annihilator, preyed upon the city of Austin, Texas (1885 population approximately 17,000) during the years 1884 and 1885. The series of murders was referred to by contemporary sources as 'The Servant Girl Murders.' The December 26, 1885 issue of The New York Times reported that the 'murders were committed by some cunning madman, who is insane on the subject of killing women.' According to Texas Monthly, seven females (five black, two white), and one black male were murdered. Additionally, six women and two men were seriously injured. All of the victims were attacked indoors while asleep in their beds. Five of the female victims were then dragged, unconscious but still alive, and killed outdoors. Three of the female victims were severely mutilated while outdoors. Only one of the murdered female victims was mutilated indoors. According to Texas Monthly, all of the victims were posed in a similar manner.
Contributions by Oiduam, Berean Hunter, and Alienistneurologist.