Who Was the Texas Servant Girls Killer? (04:02)
On December 30th, Mollie Smith was attacked in her bed. Seven more killings would follow her gruesome murder. The history detectives will bring modern forensic science to decode the unsolved crimes. (Credits)
"Bloody Work" (02:17)
Wes Cowan searches the "Austin Statesman" microfilm for information about the murders. Assaults on servant woman, most of them African-American, occurred throughout 1884. An article on Smith describes the brutal first murder; her boyfriend is found unconscious.
Murders Continue (03:17)
Eliza Shelley's children witnessed her death and were too traumatized to provide any details to law enforcement. Susan Hancock and Eula Philips were murdered on Christmas Eve, 1885. Skip Hollandsworth wrote in "Texas Monthly" that he suspected a single serial killer. Cowan describes discrepancies between the murders.
Terrorizing the Community (03:46)
Cowan calls Kaiama Glover and asks her to meet Martin Wagner and Dorothy Larson. V.O. Weed discovered Rebecca Ramey raped with a spike piercing her ears; she was only eleven. Police interviewed former boyfriends, husbands, and criminals.
Multiple Assailant Theory (03:38)
Doug Dukes describes the investigation techniques Austin's police department possessed in 1885. African American men would be arrested for being barefoot in a stable a bloodhound located; frequently, detectives would threaten beatings and lynching during interrogation. Husbands and former boyfriends were arrested for the crimes.
Descendant of Phillips (04:07)
Eula married James Phillips when she was only fifteen years old; it was an acrimonious marriage. Dorothy Larson's grandmother refused to tell her the details of the murder. Hollandsworth called and told her that Phillips was dragged out of the house and killed in the yard.
Trial of the Century (05:08)
Steven Saylor studied Jimmy's murder trial. James Robertson sensationalized the case, claiming Eula worked as a prostitute, had a series of affairs, and visited an African American madam before her death. No linkage was made between Susan Hancock's attack and Eula's death; the jury voted to convict Jimmy.
Lust Murders (03:26)
Harold Schechter looks over the newspaper articles in the "Austin Statesman" and believes it is a lone serial killer. Jessie Pomeroy, also known as the Boston Boy Fiend, tortured and murdered a string of children. Because the victims were mostly African American, the crimes did not receive the same attention.
Surviving Evidence (03:14)
During court proceedings, an attorney asks a witness about George McCutcheon's feet. During the appeal process, a judge overturns Jimmy's conviction. Glover and Zuberi compare similarities and differences in the murders; only Irene Cross was not dragged elsewhere.
Speaking to Modern Profiler (04:28)
Mark Safarik believes one culprit is responsible for the murders and is most likely a young African American male in his 20s. Something prevented the miscreant from committing additional murders, most likely death or incarceration.
Meeting a Geographic Profiler (04:17)
Kim Rossmo explains that many of the murders occurred near "Guy Town," which was a center of prostitution. Susan Hancock's murderer could have followed Eula Phillips home after she visited May Tobin's brothel. A computer program analyzes the murder locations and determines the most probably areas the killer lived or worked in.
Searching for Foot Abnormalities (05:37)
Zuberi searches 1886 police ledgers to determine if the killer was arrested, killed, or skipped town. The San Antonio Daily Express reported about a bar room brawl after an African American young man attacked a woman. Nathan Elgin had a missing toe.
Finding a Suspect (03:52)
Sheriff Malcolm Hornsby inferred under oath that Nathan Elgin may have killed Eula during Moses Hancock's trial. Missing toe footprints were discovered at Eula and Ramey's crime scenes. J.R. Galloway determined Elgin worked at Simon's, an upscale restaurant on Pecan Street.
Conclusion: Episode 3: Texas Servant Girl Murders (02:56)
Authorities suspected Elgin, but were focused on convicting Moses and Jimmy. Zuberi, Cowan, and Glover summarize the episode.
Credits: Episode 3: Texas Servant Girl Murders (00:31)
Credits: Episode 3: Texas Servant Girl Murders
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