Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Servant Girl Annihilator


Currently, a 90-minute tour is offered in Austin once a month to point out the areas in Austin's Historic District where victims were found. According to Kevin Fullerton in the Austin Chronicle, amateur historian Jeanine Plumer points out the sites and lets people know that no houses are currently standing on any of the lots associated with the victims. Apparently, ghost tales are associated with the spots. Tours leave from the Hideout Coffeehouse & Theater at 617 Congress Avenue. Interested parties are urged to check the schedule at, and make reservations, or purchase tickets at the Austin Visitors Center.

Hollandsworth says that, outside some newspaper articles, nothing "fact-based has ever been published on what really happened." He penned his article for Texas Monthly in July 2000, gleaning information from Austin's History Center and the library, among other places, and came up with his own theory about who the killer actually was. So have other amateur historians who live there.

In 2003, Publishers Weekly announced that Hollandsworth will publish a nonfiction book about the crimes, tentatively titled Midnight Assassin. That article suggested that he will reveal the identity of someone in Austin's high society as the killer, possibly one of the politicians, as he suggests in his article, who was suspected of having an affair with Eula. While this tale may not command the attention of crime aficionados the way Spring-heeled Jack has done, it's clearly a phenomenon in American history that ought to receive more attention than it has. Hollandsworth's book will be a welcome addition to crime literature, but until then, Saylor's books offers quite a lot of detail.

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