Austin, Texas’s ‘Servant Girl Annihilator’ was murdering young women before serial killing was cool.
#5. The Unsolved Gruesome Serial Murders of Young Women in the Late 19th Century
The Famous Version: Jack the Ripper
The Ripper’s exploits have him dubbed “the world’s first serial killer” by some, though if we’d only looked a few thousand miles west and a few years earlier, we’d see …
What you’ve never heard of: The Servant Girl Annihilator
The Servant Girl Annihilator isn’t the most subtle nickname, we know, but Texas in the 1880s was a simpler time, back when men were men and women were just viciously, brutally murdered all over the place. Seriously, three years before Jack ruined the carefree and utopian ambiance of the destitute London prostitute population, a remarkably similar, even more horrifying case of serial woman killings hit the booming town of Austin, Texas.