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Austin’s Driskill Hotel Marks 135 Years as a Nexus of Texas Culture, Politics, and Society

December 20, 2021 | By Jen Hamilton Hernandez

At one point in 2007, I found myself between jobs and needing to come up with my half of the rent for the apartment I shared with my then-boyfriend, now husband.

An Austin Walking Tour Sheds Light on America’s First Serial Killer

October 16, 2020 | By Laurel Miller

Miles is a former high school history teacher and the owner of Walking Tours of Austin, which specializes in local history. Miles launched his Murder Walk in April 2019, using his considerable storytelling abilities to relay the gruesome story of America’s first serial killer. Known in the press as the “Midnight Assassin” or “Servant Girl Annihilator” (the latter a nickname coined by the author O. Henry, who lived in Austin at the time), the killer took the lives of four Black servant women, one of the servant’s daughters, a Black man, and two white socialites, using axes and knives to hack and stab his victims before lobotomizing most of them with a steel rod.

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