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25. The Servant Girl Annihilator

Murder made the headlines of the Austin Daily Statesman many times during 1885. Many times the victims were African-American women who worked as domestic help.

The husbands and boyfriends of those women were arrested even though several suffered injuries in the nocturnal attacks in their homes.

Then the murders stopped. Police killed a black man who fits the profile of these murders. Was he guilty, or was it coincidental that the horrific murders ended with Elgin’s death?

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25 The Servant Girl Annihilator

Murder made the headlines of the Austin Daily Statesman many times during 1885. Many times the victims were African-American women who worked as domestic help.

The husbands and boyfriends of those women were arrested even though several suffered injuries in the nocturnal attacks in their homes.

Then the murders stopped. Police killed a black man who fits the profile of these murders. Was he guilty, or was it coincidental that the horrific murders ended with Elgin’s death?

25 The Servant Girl Annihilator
Crime Behind the Pine Curtain

 
 
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24. Who Killed Dr. Gary?

The Trinity County Courthouse in 1914.

Dr. J. M. Gary was shot to death July 17, 1902 in Trinity County.  He was a practicing physician in Groveton and he was called to come to the aid of a gunshot victim at the Sylvan hotel. 
Howard Magee, Otho Oldacre and Wright Terry were indicted for first degree murder. They were tried before J. M. Smither in Walker County on change of venue. 
The shooting occurred after midnight in Groveton. 
L. B. Eagle had sought out the doctor to come to the aid of a gunshot victim at the Sylvan Hotel. 
Eagle was also murdered alongside Gary.
The two murders were tried separately and Howard Magee had been acquitted of Gary’s murder.

Sanborn Fire Maps offer a tremendous amount of detail about early Texas cities and towns.

24. Who Killed Dr. Gary?
Crime Behind the Pine Curtain

 
 
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