Summary of the "Servant Girl Annihilator" murders from a 2004 article
They called him the Servant Girl Annihilator. He killed seven women and one man, mostly African American cooks and maids for some of the city's wealthiest families, during a yearlong spree that ended Christmas Eve in 1885. Several suspects were tried for murder, but the cases all broke apart during trials. The killer's trail quickly grew cold.