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Texas Matters: A Serial Killer In 1885 Austin


The notion of a “serial killer” hadn’t been thought up yet in 1885. But that year in Austin, there was one on the loose. It’s one of the greatest unsolved mass murders in Texas history – and except for enthusiasts of the bizarre – it's been all but forgotten.

Texas Monthly editor and writer Skip Hollandsworth spent ten years investigating the story – and he writes about it in his book “The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer.”

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi