Texas Servant Girl Murders - (HDSI) In a Public Service Broadcasting History Detectives documentary, a team of forensic scientists and detectives decided to attempt to solve a case more than 130 years old. The “Texas Servant Girl Murders” are a series of murders that took place in Austin, Texas in 1885. These murders have remained a mystery until modern day forensic scientists look back and may have been able to solve this crime easily today. The murder of seven Texas servant girls occurred throughout the year of 1885. The first murder occurred on New Year’s Eve when a twenty-five-year-old woman was brutally ripped from her bed and dragged outside. A bloody axe, a trail of blood, and a dead body with a gaping wound on her head were found at the scene. This was the first murder to occur, after five months there was a similar murder that occurs May 8th,1885; a woman was found dead in her bedroom with a gaping wound over her right eye. Then, not even two weeks later, another woman was found murdered from multiple stab wounds and appeared to have been scalped. Eventually three more women were found dead, and finally the killings ended with two women being murdered on Christmas Eve. Using old newspaper articles from the time surrounding the murders, the team of scientists could find out what was happening in the community to see if it …show more content…
Comparing simple techniques simply to retrieve a piece of evidence is completely different as we learn more about the science and learn from the mistakes made in the past. Looking back at the 1800’s and comparing the technology of the 21st century, the difference is certainly huge. The increase in technology makes information more vast and more ideas can be shared easily. Many sciences are based off many “what ifs” while forensic science is more factual and attempt to solve puzzling occurrences and events and get down to what truly
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In the non-fiction book Trace Evidence by Bruce Henderson, the author talks about many cases that include a rapist strangler freely walking the streets of California and killing women. A majority of the cases take place on I-5, one of the cases was about Stephanie Marcia Brown who was lost after giving someone a ride and may have stopped and asked for directions. She was raped, strangled, and thrown into an irrigation ditch just off South Sacramento. Another case was about Charmaine Sabrah who was driving on I-5 late at night, since her car broke down, she asked for a ride and was never seen again. She was also raped and strangled, the killer just threw her body down a shoreline southeast of Sacramento.
A bonechilling, mystery, murder took place in a peaceful/small town in Boulder, Colorado, taken place on Christmas night shook the nation. Beauty queen, pageant winner, adorable, innocent JonBenet Ramsey was killed in the family home on the night of December 25th, 1996. Jonbenet was found with a device around her neck that straggled her, stun gun marks on her left side of her body, hands tied above her head, and tape over her mouth. Later autopsies found that the girl was bashed over her head leaving an 8 ½ inch fracture. Then found later on that Jonbenet was sexually assaulted.
The CSI effect describes the way CSI is exaggerated on crime television shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Sherlock which influences public perception. As a result, Jurors have come to have unrealistic expectations about the quantity, quality, and availability of scientific evidence, thereby raising the effective standard of proof for prosecutors. As technology improves and becomes more prevalent throughout society, people may also develop higher expectations for the capabilities of forensic technology. The csi effect creates unrealistic expectations of the public and has raised the juror’s expectations of the crime investigating field.
On March 3, 1963, an 18 year old female was walking home from her job when she was grabbed and thrown in the back seat and tied up. She then was driven around for 20 minutes before the car stopped and the man raped her. After raping her he then dropped her back off at the spot at which he had kidnapped her at. (Greenwood, 5.5) After investigating the crime for ten days, police arrested a 23 year old man named Ernesto Miranda in his own home.
The police could not ignore them because law enforcement was not providing any information to the community. There were two additional bodies of young African Americans children who were found in the spring of 1980, and another child became missing. The FBI was then sent in to assist in the case because there were bodies of African-American victims begin turning up in wooded areas. The break that law enforcement needed came when the perpetrator changed where they were disposing of the bodies, which most of the murdered bodies were found in the woods. But bodies started showing up in the Chattahoochee River in 1981.
Background On April 9th, 1974, a young woman at the age of 17 was found in a farmhouse in Blakesburg, Iowa. Her name was Mary Jayne Jones, and she had been sexually assaulted and shot in both her heart and head at close range with a high-powered rifle. Miss Jones was originally from North Carolina, but had moved to Iowa to assist her expectant sister, Mrs. Pat (Jacque) Williams, but decided to stay. At the time, she was working at Henry’s Drive-in restaurant in Ottumwa, Iowa.
That is 10 confirmed killings of young women, all victims being subjected to brutal rape and bondage beforehand. Their bodies were dismembered and buried, either underneath the West family porch, or further into the backyard. His sick interests in young women was not just excluded to those he was not related to. Fred West also sexually abused his daughters, and murdered his daughter Heather once she rebelled. After killing 11 victims, it was inevitable the police would become privy to his and his wife's
The night of September 30, 1988, the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper committed not one, but two murders. These two stand out among the other five for both their intensity and the impossible time frame that their murders were achieved in. At one a.m. Elizabeth Strider was found dead, then not an hour later and not more than a mile away, Catherine Eddowes body was discovered as well (Whitechapel Jack, The Double Event) Catherine Eddowes and Elizabeth Stride were not friends, they did not know each other and they didn’t even frequent the same alleyways.
Evidence shows that Simmons also bludgeoned and shot his visiting son. Simmons then proceeded to strangle his three year old granddaughter and later evidence shows that the three bodies were found in a pit dug by the other children. Later that same day the school bus dropped off the remaining Simmons kids at the house for Christmas break. Evidence proves that the remaining children were murdered individually either by strangulation/ and or drowning in a rain barrel, their bodies were found in the same place the other three were found in…. The bottom of the pit that was dug for the outhouse.
Mary Nichols was the first confirmed victim of the Ripper, being killed on the 31st of August, 1888. Her body was found by Charles Cross, who said that “...the woman’s throat had been slashed so savagely that her head had almost been cut from her body. ”1 Annie Chapman was the second suspect. Her body was found on September 8th, 1888. Her head had been almost completely cut off, and the killer had cut off her womb
The famous and oldest murderer is Jack the Ripper, his first kill that we know of was on April 4th 1888. Although I can’t tell you his state of mind from facts because we don’t know who the man really was. I believe he was neglected as a child and did not have many friends in his childhood. The way he mutilated the bodies that we have found shows he had no respect for women. He did only kill prostitutes so maybe he didn 't have respect for the women who would show off their bodies and gave themselves to other men for money.
This well known serial killer has still not been discovered. He took the lives of 5 women in the Whitechapel area. Because of his horrific way of killing, Whitechapel was on edge during this time. Detectives are still trying to make discoveries to this day as to who the actual killer is. The mystery behind the gruesome, cannibalistic murders from Jack the Ripper can be summed up by two suspects: Aaron Kosminski and Severin Klosowski.
In 1917, a woman named Elizabeth Huntley decapitated her own daughter. When her case was brought to trial, doctors and professionals wrote it off as depression. Friends and family described that Huntley was a joyful woman until the air raids happened in London. She had nervous breakdowns during the air raids and even more so when her children screamed and cried. Before her doctor got her out of London and away from her children, she had already murdered her child.
Case Study: Robert William Pickton and the Piggy Palace Murders Canada’s most notorious killer, Robert William Pickton, is responsible for the murders of 49 different women, mostly consisting of prostitutes and drug addicts. Over the course of twenty years, Pickton murdered women one by one after luring them onto his 17-acre pig farm, a pig farm he called, “The Piggy Palace” (Fox News 2007). At the Piggy Palace, Pickton would throw large out-of-control “drug-fuelled parties for prostitutes and bikers” (Leonard 2007). Pickton was arrested in 2002 after police found an unlicensed shotgun, numerous women’s belongings that went missing in the ‘80s and ‘90s, as well as the skulls and bones of multiple victims. After his arrest Pickton told investigators