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

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

Skip Hollandsworth

A sweeping narrative history of a terrifying serial killer--America's first--who stalked Austin, Texas in 1885 In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives, and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class. At the time the concept of a serial killer was unthinkable, but the murders continued, the killer became more brazen, and the citizens' panic reached a fever pitch. Before it was all over, at least a dozen men would be arrested in connection with the murders, and the crimes would expose what a newspaper described as "the most extensive and profound scandal ever known in Austin." And yes, when Jack the Ripper began his attacks in 1888, London police investigators did wonder if the killer from Austin had crossed the ocean to terrorize their own city. With vivid historical detail and novelistic flair, Texas Monthly journalist Skip Hollandsworth brings this terrifying saga to life. The introduction and epilogue are read by the author.

A sweeping narrative history of a terrifying serial killer--America's first--who stalked Austin, Texas in 1885 In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives, and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class. At the time the concept of a serial killer was unthinkable, but the murders continued, the killer became more brazen, and the citizens' panic reached a fever pitch. Before it was all over, at least a dozen men would be arrested in connection with the murders, and the crimes would expose what a newspaper described as "the most extensive and profound scandal ever known in Austin." And yes, when Jack the Ripper began his attacks in 1888, London police investigators did wonder if the killer from Austin had crossed the ocean to terrorize their own city. With vivid historical detail and novelistic flair, Texas Monthly journalist Skip Hollandsworth brings this terrifying saga to life. The introduction and epilogue are read by the author.
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A sweeping narrative history of a terrifying serial killer--America's first--who stalked Austin, Texas in 1885 In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives, and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class. At the time the concept of a serial killer was unthinkable, but the murders continued, the killer became more brazen, and the citizens' panic reached a fever pitch. Before it was all over, at least a dozen men would be arrested in connection with the murders, and the crimes would expose what a newspaper described as "the most extensive and profound scandal ever known in Austin." And yes, when Jack the Ripper began his attacks in 1888, London police investigators did wonder if the killer from Austin had crossed the ocean to terrorize their own city. With vivid historical detail and novelistic flair, Texas Monthly journalist Skip Hollandsworth brings this terrifying saga to life. The introduction and epilogue are read by the author.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Clint Jordan

Length:

9h 6m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

07:13


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

05:57


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

23:45


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

28:28


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

25:31


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

38:24


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

22:23


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

15:41


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

24:39


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

17:23


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

20:55


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

27:25


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

18:43


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

26:17


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

21:01


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

26:07


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

19:32


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

22:01


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

24:56


Part 5, Chapter 19
Part 5, Chapter 19

26:34


Part 5, Chapter 20
Part 5, Chapter 20

17:07


Part 6, Chapter 21
Part 6, Chapter 21

23:35


Part 6, Chapter 22
Part 6, Chapter 22

20:03


Part 6, Chapter 23
Part 6, Chapter 23

20:43


Part 6, Chapter 24
Part 6, Chapter 24

21:01


Part 6, Chapter 25
Part 6, Chapter 25

00:53