History Detectives Texas Servant Girl

History Detectives Texas Servant Girl

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Pictured: Kaiama Glover, professor at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Credit: Courtesy of Nazenet Habtezghi

Follow the inquiry into a string of grisly unsolved murders in Austin, Texas, in 1884.

History Detectives Special Investigations (HDSI) delves into the past this summer to explore some of America’s most intriguing mysteries. Four episodes introduce the fresh perspective of a new detective and focus on a single story per hour. HDSI, the reformatted eleventh season of History Detectives, continues Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV with "Texas Servant Girl Murders."

In each episode of HDSI, veteran detectives Tukufu Zuberi and Wes Cowan join forces with new host Kaiama Glover to probe a single iconic mystery from America’s past. What was behind the tragic sinking of the SS Sultana, one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history, at the end of the American Civil War? Can the detectives solve the mystery of one of the country’s first recorded serial killings, the Austin Servant Girl Murders of the 1880s? What led to the mysterious vanishing of big band leader Glenn Miller during World War II? Who killed Jimmy Hoffa — and why?

The HDSI team brings modern forensic science and cutting-edge tools to these historical conundrums. As they discover new evidence, sift through clues, and crisscross the country in search of answers, they uncover fresh leads and information to tell captivating stories from a new angle.

“We’re giving the History Detectives a broader mission this season,” says Bill Gardner, Vice President of Programming and Development for PBS. “They’re using modern technology to solve some of the toughest cold cases in U.S. history, and what they uncover is pretty surprising.”