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The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth
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n the late 1800s, a series of brutal murders rocked the burgeoning city of Austin, Texas. At the time, the concept of a serial killer was both unkown and unimaginable to both law enforcement and the public. The murders continued for nearly a year as the killer became more brazen and the public's panic reached a fever pitch, and then stopped as suddenly as they had begun. Three years later, detectives in London wondered if their own Jack the Ripper had got his start in Austin as the Midnight Assassin.
The Man from the Train: the Solving of a Century Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James
This one WILL have you double checking all the locks on your doors and windows before you can even begin to think about falling asleep. Imagine a serial killer, active from about 1898 to 1912, again before the concept was known or even imagined, on a 12 plus year killing journey, riding the rails to get to and from his crimes. Sneaking into a carefully selected house, he murders everyone in it and completely disappears before the neighbors even begin to suspect anything is amiss. Author Bill James brings the time period vividly to life, a time when both law enforcement and local newspapers were insular and unconnected to the wider world, or even the next town over, showing how these and other cultural factors allowed this killer to go on as long as he did.
The Phantom Killer: Unlocking the Mystery of the Texarkana Serial Murders by James Presley
Award winning historian and journalist Presley tackles the cold case of a series of "lovers lane" murders in post WWII Texarkana. Crime and violence were no strangers to this town, but serial murder was another thing entirely, sending the area into a fever pitch of fear. Dubbed "the Phantom murders" by a pre-TV press, these grisly crimes took place in an America before dial telephones, DNA science, and criminal profiling. Presley re-examines the evidence with a thorough examination of the archival record, newly conducted interviews, and determined fact checking, and comes up with new insights and theories on this compelling cold case.
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