A full three years before Jack the Ripper stalked the streets of London, there was another vicious serial killer who terrorized people in the city of Austin, Texas. The killer known sometimes as The Servant Girl Annihilator murdered eight people and was never caught. This is the true story.

 

Patreon:

http://patreon.com/theconspiratorspodcast

 

Notes:

http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigation/texas-servant-girl-murders/

https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Assassin-Scandal-Americas-Serial/dp/0805097678

The Servant Girl Annihilator

 

Music:

Chris Zabriskie, Undercover Vampire Policeman, I Need to Start Writing Things Down, There’s Probably No Time

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/

Dexter Britain, The Tea Party

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dexter_Britain/Creative_Commons_Volume_2/The_Tea_Party

Coldnoise, Demise and Downfall

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Coldnoise/

The first lonely hearts ads were published in 1695, just five years after the first newspapers were created. Almost from the very beginning, there have been criminals who have used these ads to prey on vulnerable people. Listen to three stories of different serial killers who found their victims through the lonely hearts ads.

 

Notes:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susie-lee/timeline-online-dating-fr_b_9228040.html

https://www.prairieghosts.com/belle.html

http://www.wvculture.org/history/crime/powers01.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/lonely-hearts-murderer-article-1.362857

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Fernandez_and_Martha_Beck

Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck: The Lonely Hearts Killers

Belle Gunness: The Black Widow of the Midwest Who Lured Numerous Victims to Their Deaths

 

Music:

Dexter Britain, The Tea Party

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dexter_Britain/Creative_Commons_Volume_2/The_Tea_Party

Rocco Granata, Lost Memories

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rocco_Granata/

Phillip Weigl, Not the Streets You Used to Walk

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Philipp_Weigl/

Kai Engel, Silence

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/

Lee Rosevere, At the Edges of Sleep

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

Chris Zabriskie, Stories About the World That Was, Virtues Inherited, Vices Passed On

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/

During the 1940s and early 1950s, a string of strange disappearances occurred around Glastenbury Mountain in Vermont. Theories range from alien abduction, to Bigfoot, to dimensional gateways, to a serial killer on the loose. The strange events that occurred throughout the region led to a writer dubbing it The Bennington Triangle.

 

Notes:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennington_Triangle

The Vanished Town of Glastenbury and The Bennington Triangle

http://www.benningtontriangle.com

Bennington Triangle: Strange Disappearances In Vermont

Why Do People Keep Disappearing From the “Bennington Triangle”?

 

Music:

Naoya Sakamata, E4@-24b

Dexter Britain, The Tea Party

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dexter_Britain/Creative_Commons_Volume_2/The_Tea_Party

Kai Engel, Mist and Clouds, Snowfall Intro, Oneiri, Silence

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/

 

One of the great myths about serial killers perpetuated by books and the movies is that they’re all criminal geniuses like Hannibal Lecter. In truth, the criminal mastermind is extremely rare. Back in the late 19th century there lived a serial murderer named Edward Rulloff, who was considered so brilliant by academics of the era that his brain was studied and put on display for many decades after. Rolloff is almost forgotten to history today, but back in the day he was considered one of the greatest criminal masterminds of his era.

 

Notes:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_H._Rulloff

http://murderpedia.org/male.R/r/rulloff-edward.htm

https://ithacavoice.com/2014/09/strange-case-edward-rulloff-1800s-ithaca-murderer-bar-namesake/

http://www.crookedlakereview.com/articles/34_66/62may1993/62wisbey.html

Big Head, Dark Heart: The Notorious Brain of Edward H. Rulloff

Music:

The Owl, Moon Saturday, Owl’s Secret

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Owl/

Dexter Britain, The Tea Party

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dexter_Britain/Creative_Commons_Volume_2/The_Tea_Party

In 1958, 19 year old Charles Starkweather and 14 year old Caril Anne Fugate, set out on a murder spree that shocked a nation. Was Caril an innocent victim, or was she as violent as her boyfriend? Hear the true story that inspired numerous books, movies and songs.

 

Notes:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Starkweather

http://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/killing-spree-transfixed-nation-charles-starkweather-and-caril-fugate-1958

“A Crime To Remember”: Teenage Spree Killer Charles Starkweather

http://trib.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/report-charles-starkweather-s-girlfriend-in-critical-condition/article_bef562e6-7997-5eaa-9eeb-6c9b78ae8028.html

Music:

Naoya Sakamata, Esteem

Dexter Britain, The Tea Party, Opus 4

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dexter_Britain/

Kai Engel, Difference

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/Better_Way/Kai_Engel_-_Better_Way_-_04_Difference

Blue Dot Sessions, Cobweb Transit, The Envelope, Suzy B

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/

 

It’s bizarre enough when a single serial killer is terrorizing the community. But an entire family of serial killers is almost unheard of. In 1843, in rural Kansas a family of serial killers known as The Bloody Benders cut a deadly swath across the prairie.

 

Notes:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Benders

http://mentalfloss.com/article/53672/bloody-benders-americas-first-serial-killers

http://www.prairieghosts.com/bender.html

Scary House On The Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Brush With ‘Bloody Benders’ Serial Killers

Little House of Murder: The Bloody Benders

 

Music:

Dexter Britain, The Tea Party

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dexter_Britain/Creative_Commons_Volume_2/The_Tea_Party

Chris Zabriskie, The Oceans Continue to Rise

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Music_from_Neptune_Flux/ChrisZabriskie-MusicfromNeptuneFlux-04

Blear Moon, Gean

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blear_Moon/Town_of_Two_Houses/Gean

Blue Dot Sessions, Cobweb Transit and In Paler Skies

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Aeronaut/In_Paler_Skies_1276

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Speakeasy_1959/Cobweb_Transit

 

During the 18th century in Britain, there was a thriving business in black market body snatching. An enterprising duo named Burke and Hare took the practice to its next logical conclusion, but murdering multiple people in order to provide the bodies. Learn the entire true story in here, along with the reason why Ben Franklin had a bunch of skeletons in his basement.

 

Notes:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke_and_Hare_murders

http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?historyid=aa05

http://www.history.co.uk/study-topics/history-of-death/the-rise-of-the-body-snatchers

http://www.history.co.uk/study-topics/history-of-london/invasion-of-the-body-snatchers

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resurrectionists_in_the_United_Kingdom

The Skeletons in Benjamin Franklin’s Basement

The Mystery of the Burke and Hare Murder Dolls

 

Music:

Dexter Britain, The Tea Party

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dexter_Britain/Creative_Commons_Volume_2/The_Tea_Party

“Impromptu in Blue” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

“Spacial Harvest” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Lightless Dawn” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

 

The true story of the Cleveland Torso Murders, and legendary lawman Eliot¬†Ness’s investigation into the murders. Although officially the killer was never caught, did Ness actually discover the murderer’s identity?

 

Notes:

http://clevelandmagazine.com/in-the-cle/case-closed-

http://www.ifip.com/ness.html

http://www.clevelandpolicemuseum.org/collections/eliotness.html

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliot_Ness

http://www.torsomurders.com/

http://www.prairieghosts.com/torso.html

The Cleveland Torso Murders big on history, small on research

 

Music:

Dexter Britain, The Tea Party

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dexter_Britain/Creative_Commons_Volume_2/The_Tea_Party

All other music from this episode was by The Blue Dot Sessions

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/

 

On the night of March 19, 1919, all the dance halls and bars and nearly every home in the city of New Orleans was blasting jazz all through the night. But this wasn’t any ordinary night of reverie in the Big Easy, for this city-wide concert was meant for an audience of one, an axe-wielding maniac who purported to be a creature straight out of hell.

Show Notes:

The Axeman of New Orleans Murders

When Hell Came to Earth: The Axeman of New Orleans

http://blogs.forteana.org/node/70

The Axeman serial killer of New Orleans (1918-1919)

CREEPYPASTA: Does This 1919 Photograph Reveal an Infamous New Orleans Serial Killer?

 

Music:

Dexter Britain, The Tea Party

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dexter_Britain/Creative_Commons_Volume_2/The_Tea_Party

Chris Zabriskie, Cylinder Four

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/2014010103336111/Chris_Zabriskie_-_Cylinders_-_04_-_Cylinder_Four

Kai Engel, Morbid Imagination

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/Chapter_One__Cold/Kai_Engel_-_Chapter_One_-_Cold_-_06_Morbid_Imagination

King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, Just Gone

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/King_Olivers_Creole_Jazz_Band/Antique_Phonograph_Music_Program_02172015/Just_Gone_-_King_Olivers_Creole_Jazz_Band

Mark Neil, 11 strANGE Ls

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Mark_Neil/Blue/11_strANGE_Ls

Podington Bear, Dark Matter

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Thoughtful/DarkMatter

Scott Holmes, Something In The Distance

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Holmes/Film__Documentary/Something_In_The_Distance

Scott Holmes, Abandoned City

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Holmes/Film__Documentary/Abandoned_City

Spin Day, Who

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Spin_Day/Spin_Day_and_the_Emotional_Godfather/Spin_Day_-_Spin_Day_And_The_Emotional_Godfather_-_02_Who

Stephan Siebert, Cecil

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Stephan_Siebert/Inward/Cecil