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Chester Times (Pennsylvania)
29 September 1885

Austin, Sept. 29.
The city is again agitated over four mysterious outrages which were committed west of the capital at 2 a.m. The victims are all colored, and were servants in the employ of Mr. Dunham. Mrs. Gracie Vance and Mrs. (sic) Orange Washington were murdered outright, and Lucinda Boddy and Kitty Johnson were fatally injured with an axe. Oliver Townsend, a negro, has been arrested on suspicion, and the police and deputy sheriffs of the city are out in search of other suspected parties.


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  Austin Axe Murders
       Dissertations: Dear Diary 
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       Press Reports: Atchison Daily Globe - 19 November 1888 
       Press Reports: Atchison Daily Globe - 30 September 1885 
       Press Reports: Austin Statesman - 05 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Austin Statesman - 10 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Daily News - 2 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Evening News - 2 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Frederick News - 20 November 1888 
       Press Reports: North Eastern Daily Gazette - 3 October 1888 
       Press Reports: People - 7 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Star - 12 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Star - 2 October 1888 
       Press Reports: The News - 20 November 1888 
       Press Reports: Waukesha Freeman - 1 October 1885 
       Press Reports: Woodford Times - 12 October 1888