The Servant Girl Annihilator was a serial killer who murdered eight people (seven women and one man) in Austin, Texas, between 1884 and 1885. Most of the women were Black servants, though two were upper-class white women. The victims were attacked while they were asleep in their beds, dragged outside, and murdered with an ax. In addition to the eight who were killed, several others were injured but escaped. The killer's true identity has never been uncovered, but there are several theories about who it may have been.
This list is full of Servant Girl Annihilator theories, including one connecting him to voodoo magic, and others to another notorious unidentified murderer, Jack the Ripper.
In 1888, an Austin newspaper reported that a Malay cook who was a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders also worked at a hotel in Austin in 1885. Most of the Austin murders took place near that hotel, and the murders stopped after the cook left the city.Even more surprising: when this cook left Austin, he traveled to London and was a suspect there in the Jack the Ripper murders, leading some to believe the cook committed both sets of crimes.