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April 21, 2012 ·

1885 locations of the servant girl murders now in Google Maps!

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Notes on Research

I am not the first to delve into this mystery.  The first time I opened the drawer of the microfilm cabinet and saw all the small cardboard boxes of microfilm packed snuggly inside, I noticed that the boxes labeled 1885…
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Mothers and Sons

Unidentified albumen print. One morning before dawn in the summer of 1883, a strange persistent cry echoed through a west Austin neighborhood and caught the attention of two women, Sophia Phillips and Sallie Mack, both of whom lived nearby. They…
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The Hancock Inquest - Graphic Details - Suspicions - Nightmares

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Robinson Residence. Scene of West Austin Crime Spree. May 1, 1885

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History Detectives Special Investigations

Last year I had the pleasure of working with the staff from PBS's History Detectives for the upcoming History Detectives Special Investigations: Texas Servant Girl Murders.  The cast and crew came to Austin last summer; they did a number of…
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