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The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First… (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2015; vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: Skip Hollandsworth (Tekijä)

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"In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class. At the time the concept of a serial killer was unthinkable, but the murders continued, the killer became more brazen, and the citizens' panic reached a fever pitch. Before it was all over, at least a dozen men would be arrested in connection with the murders. Along the way, the murders would expose what a newspaper described as "the most extensive and profound scandal ever known in Austin." And yes, when Jack the Ripper began his attacks in 1888, London police investigators did wonder if the killer from Austin had crossed the ocean to terrorize their own city. With vivid historical detail and novelistic flair, Texas Monthly journalist Skip Hollandsworth brings this terrifying saga to life"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer
Kirjailijat:Skip Hollandsworth (Tekijä)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2016), Edition: First Edition, 336 pages
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If you are a fan of Texas History and want a new story you don't know then here you go.

I don't know why you would want to read it if you are not interested in True Crime or Austin. ( )
  jerame2999 | Nov 14, 2020 |
A historical tale of a little-known serial killer who tormented the city of Austin, Texas near the end of the 19th century, Hollandsworth’s book will appeal to fans of true crime, especially those who are interested in its “evolution.” Without the benefit of modern tools and technology such as DNA testing, surveillance cameras, or even psychological profiling, law enforcement was practically powerless to track down the person or persons responsible for the brutal attacks and murders of multiple women.

One aspect of this crime spree that differs minimally from current instances of serial murder, however, is its reflection of cultural attitudes towards women, minorities, and the socioeconomically disadvantaged. The first victims of the Midnight Assassin were black serving women, domestic help employed by white families in the city—and suspicion for these murders immediately fell upon poor “shiftless” black men, a number of whom were arrested with little if any evidence against them. When two white women eventually fell victim to the serial killer…well, you can probably imagine the consequences. Hollandsworth doesn’t provide much commentary or analysis on the relationship between law enforcement and the prevailing attitudes towards race and class—perhaps because it’s so glaringly obvious to any reader sensitive to these issues.

In all, an engaging and interesting read. ( )
  jimrgill | Feb 10, 2019 |
There aren't many facts about the serial killer(s?) in this book. Although a few different men were tried for the crimes, the perpetrator(s?) was never caught, so, obviously, not much is known. There's a healthy dose of conjecture towards the end, but honestly, I don't think the author presented a strong case for ANY of the men he named as possible suspects. So if you like to read true crime with a known perpetrator being caught at the end, I definitely wouldn't recommend this book.

Honestly, most of the book is sheer padding. He writes a ton about Austin Texas, but I found myself not really caring about the political machinations or the name of the street lamp lighters. It really didn't add anything to the story for me, and I found myself wanting to skim these chapters.

Some people saw a connection between the Austin serial killer(s) and Jack the Ripper, but I don't see that, either. The crimes are so different from one another that I'd be shocked if there was any relation at all. I get the author bringing this up ONCE (if to puzzle as to why these crimes aren't remembered but Jack the Ripper's are), but it was mentioned several times. So it kind of felt like the book was trying to piggyback off of a more famous crime.

I think that I would have liked this book more if it was just an in-depth article. I'm not exactly how the author thought that he was going to write a whole book at this without significant padding of the story. Maybe if I was fascinated with Austin Texas I would have enjoyed this more? ( )
  schatzi | Jan 24, 2019 |
This was an interesting book and told of a part of history I had never heard of before. I was truly interested in the outcome and could appreciate the research that went into this. There were some creepy parts, but that comes with the territory. ( )
  midkid88 | Dec 8, 2018 |
I did not know about the serial killer in Austin in the 1880's. I found this book very fascinating. Also, since there was a suspected connection with Jack the Ripper, I would have thought these killings would have been more well known. This book goes into why that did not happen. For fiction readers, this book is not written like a novel like some non-fiction books are. It is definitely written like a typical non-fiction which I enjoy. ( )
  shelbycassie | Aug 5, 2018 |
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"In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class. At the time the concept of a serial killer was unthinkable, but the murders continued, the killer became more brazen, and the citizens' panic reached a fever pitch. Before it was all over, at least a dozen men would be arrested in connection with the murders. Along the way, the murders would expose what a newspaper described as "the most extensive and profound scandal ever known in Austin." And yes, when Jack the Ripper began his attacks in 1888, London police investigators did wonder if the killer from Austin had crossed the ocean to terrorize their own city. With vivid historical detail and novelistic flair, Texas Monthly journalist Skip Hollandsworth brings this terrifying saga to life"--

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