- In January 1911 in Rayne, Louisiana a mother and her four children were hacked to death by an unknown killer as they slept.
- In February in Crowley the Byers family was killed.
- A few weeks later, in nearby Lafayette, LA the five members of the Andrus family were killed,
- In April, five member of the Cassaway family were killed.
- On Nov. 26, 1911 the 5 membes of the Norbett Randall family were similarily killed as they slept.
- On Jan. 19, 1912, five members of the Warner family in Crowley were attacked and killed
- On Jan. 21, at Lake Charles the 5 members of the Felix Broussard family were killed
- The 6 members of the Wexford family were slaughtered.
- Feb. 91, 1912, Beaumont more death in the Dove home.
- March 27, more death in Glidden, Texas
- April 11, 1912 in San Antonio, the five members of the William Burton family were killed
- April 13, 1912 three were killed in a Hempstead, Texas home.
- Aug. 6, 1912 the final murders occur in San Antonio.
After that, no more deaths in the region. Michael Newton in his Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes, notes the interesting fact that some 20 black women were killed in Atlanta, Georgia during this same time period. The killer there was labeled "Jack the Ripper." (pg. 263-264).
The New York Times in March 1912 indicated there was great fear in the black communities of the region, worried over the impact on grain crops (so compassionate), discussed the possibility of a "Sacrifice Cult" and then spent some time exploring the belief that a cult had not been the initial cause of the killings but was a factor now. ("Negro TerrorMay Shorten Rice Crops", New York Times, March 2, 1912, pg. 7). The ignorance of Voodoo, Hoodoo and alternate religious customs added to the problem. The crimes were not viewed as seriously as they might and were clearly only a danger to one segment of the population ("Religious Crank Killing Negroes," Oklahoman, Feb.20, 1912, pg. 1). In Februrary, in Beaumont, Texas Ethel Dove, her son Ernest, daughter Haitie, and daughter Jessie Quick were killed.
The killer next struck in San Antonio and for the last time in the region of Hempstead, Texas.