About the Crimes

 A brief introduction to the mysterious events of 1885.

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Locations of the Murders

weed house 1900

About The Victims

The lives, families and legacies of Mollie Smith, Eliza Shelley, Irene Cross, Mary Ramey, Gracie Vance, Orange Washington, Susan Hancock, Eula Phillips.

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The Servant Girl Annihilator

A Case of Rage, Evidence, Questions.

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Violet Crown Chronicles

Assorted events, anecdotes, customs, complaints, peculiarities, and commentary as documented by the daily newspapers in 1880s Austin.

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Police Calls 1885 Volume, AR.P.01, Laws Collection, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Residence of Valentine O. Weed, 300 E. Cedar Street.  PICH 00103.  Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Untitled albumen print detail. Collection J.R. Galloway

Servant Girl Annihilator Illustration. J.R. Galloway