Texas Servant Girl Murders: A History Detectives Special Investigation

Texas Servant Girl Murders: A History Detectives Special Investigation

Tuesday, July 15 at 9:00 p.m.

The detectives delve into a lurid murder spree in 1185 Austin, Texas.

In 1885, six African-American servants and two white society women were killed in Austin — almost all bludgeoned with an ax, dragged from their beds and raped. As quickly as the killings started, they stopped. No killer was ever identified. Desperate to find someone to blame, the authorities first rounded up hundreds of black men. Later, they pointed the finger at a white man, James Philips, whom they accused of murdering his teenage bride. Although Philips was eventually acquitted, the trial was akin to the OJ Simpson trial, with sensational, lurid details spilling out in court.

After the furor and panic died down, so did the memory of the killings. Can the History Detectives solve these murders? They pore over the records and apply cutting-edge police techniques to determine who killed the servant girls of Austin.

Top photo: Detectives Tukufu Zuberi and Kaiama Glover on location in Austin, Texas.

At right: Eula Phillips was a victim of what is believed to be one of the first serial murders on record. Can the History Detectives solve this heinous crime?