Three separate incidents over many, many years have helped to contribute to the rather scary past of the city of Austin, Texas. These are those incidents:
1991 Yogurt Shop Murders
Back in 1991, four young women were found naked, tied up with their own clothes, and shot in the head inside an I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt! shop in Austin. The girls ranged in age from 13 years old to 17 years old. Following the murders, the building was set on fire. Two men, who were teenagers at the time, were tried; however, their convictions were later overturned. 25 years later, and the case still remains unsolved.
Servant Girl Annihilator
Back in the 1880s in Austin, an individual was responsible for the deaths of eight people, all between late 1884 and Christmas Eve of 1885. The killer, who would come to be referred to as the Servant Girl Annihilator, attacked the victims while they slept in their beds before dragging them outdoors to mutilate them. The killer, who was rumored to be a man, was able to elude everyone who sought him; however, he has the unfortunate distinction of being called America’s very first serial killer. To this day, the crimes remain unsolved, and the identity of the killer remains unknown.
On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman, an architectural engineering student at The University of Texas in Austin as well as a Marine-trained sniper, climbed up to the observation deck of the school’s 27-story clock tower. Whitman was armed with rifles, pistols, and a sawed-off shotgun. Once he reached his destination, he ended up killing a total of 13 people and wounding more than 30 others. After his rampage, Whitman was gunned down by police. Prior to heading to the UT Austin clock tower, Whitman had killed both his wife and his mother. This incident is said to have introduced the United States to the overall concept of mass shootings that don’t take place on a military battlefield. The entire incident lasted for about an hour and a half, according to reports from that time. Whitman was killed after being shot by police with six revolver shots and two shotgun blasts loaded with deer slugs.
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