The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer

The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer

Skip Hollandsworth


A sweeping narrative historical past of a terrifying serial killer--America's first--who stalked Austin, Texas in 1885

In the overdue 1800s, town of Austin, Texas was once at the cusp of rising from an remoted western outpost right into a actually cosmopolitan city. yet starting in December 1884, Austin used to be terrorized by means of an individual both as vicious and, in many ways, way more diabolical than London's notorious Jack the Ripper. for nearly precisely twelve months, the nighttime murderer crisscrossed the full urban, impressive on moonlit nights, utilizing axes, knives, and lengthy metal rods to tear aside girls from each race and sophistication. on the time the concept that of a serial killer used to be unthinkable, however the murders persisted, the killer grew to become extra brazen, and the electorate' panic reached a fever pitch.

sooner than it was once everywhere, no less than a dozen males will be arrested in reference to the murders, and the crimes might divulge what a newspaper defined as "the so much wide and profound scandal ever recognized in Austin." And certain, whilst Jack the Ripper begun his assaults in 1888, London police investigators did wonder whether the killer from Austin had crossed the sea to terrorize their very own city.

With brilliant historic element and novelistic aptitude, Texas Monthly journalist pass Hollandsworth brings this terrifying saga to life.

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