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Austin Murder Walk

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icon1 hour 45 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

In 1885, America’s first serial killer stalked the streets and alleyways of the city of Austin. He came to be known as the “Midnight Assassin,” but his identity remains a mystery. On this guided evening walking tour, explore historic Austin including West 6th Street, Guy Town, and the Warehouse District, plus stop for a drink at the Driskill Hotel, as you learn about his crimes.
  • Learn about the dark side of Austin on this evening tour
  • True crime fans will enjoy investigating the murder scenes and theories
  • Stroll the streets of Austin at a leisurely pace with rest stops
  • Drinks not included in the tour price
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Bowie Street & West 6th Street , Bowie St & W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703, USA

This tour will depart from the intersection of Bowie and West 6th, at the corner of Whole Foods in downtown Austin, Texas.

8:00 PM
Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que , 217 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701, USA
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for ages under 13.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walking Tours of Austin
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Austin Murder Walk ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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star-5
Fun experience for grandma and granddaughter
mary_l
, Jul 2022
The ending. The walk in downtown and the stop at the Driskill. Guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much for your review! Murder Walk Austin is quickly becoming our most popular tour, especially for true crime lovers! Please come back and see us in the future. Thanks again for touring with Walking Tours of Austin (Touratx) Best regards, Jim Miles, Owner
star-5
Good times…
Amanda_H
, Jul 2022
It was a lot of fun and very interesting. Our tour guide Daylan was outstanding. It would have been a little better if the stops on the tour were more directly related to the crimes but still a great time!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for the review! We’re so happy your enjoyed your experience on Murder Walk Austin:) We do our best to get as close to the actual crime sites as possible, (based on the 1st hand sources available) including three of the actual Murder sites from 1885. Thanks for your insights as we strive to get better with every tour:) Best regards, Touratx
star-5
Great way to see the city!
Rob_B
, Jun 2022
What a cool experience and fun way to see downtown Austin. Jarrod was an awesome host and kept things fun and interesting for the entirety of the tour. Would recommend!
star-4
A great lesson into Austin of old
Helen_B
, May 2022
An incredible evening with a wonderful guide: Tyler was amazing and taught us so much about Austin and its history. So glad we booked this tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks Helen! We agree that Tyler does a great job on the Murder Walk tour. This true crime journey back to the year 1885 is becoming very popular!! We are so glad you were able to join us and that you love the experience. I will send your compliments on the Tyler:) Best, Jim Miles, owner, Touratx.com
star-1
Zero stars! Don’t recommend, save 2 hours of your life for something else!
Jason_H
, May 2022
My negative experience had nothing to do with the tour guide. Tyler did the best with what he was working with, I guess! It was the tour itself. It was rather boring. A lot of walking and absolutely zero interaction between tour guide and group, we just listened to him talk for TWO hours. Lots of non verifiable info that was not mysterious nor fun. We just listened to a dissertation on a bunch of servants from the 1800s being brutally murdered. Yes, I understand this was a murder mystery walk but it was nothing like I anticipated. I wanted to quit literally 5 minutes into the tour beginning. Since the tour was at night it would have been cool to tour some of the actual buildings that the murders took place instead of looking in the direction that the guide pointed to where the murders happened. It was legit a waste of two hours of our lives that we will never get back!!! Ughhhh! And the absolute kicker is that after 2 hours of walking the tour didn’t end where it started so we have to walk back to the beginning point! Not a huge deal, but it would have been nice to know that ahead of time and not by way of a text 20 minutes before the tour started. We are history buffs and I love crime TV but this wasn’t it for me!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We’re sorry you didn’t enjoy your tour. Tyler is an excellent tour guide with dozens of 5 star reviews on this tour. Best, Jim Miles, owner
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Jeanette_T
, Apr 2022
The tour with William was amazing! Very informative and so much fun! I would highly recommend this tour. Next time we are in Austin! Thank you William!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
I didn't know that Austin...
Dante_W
, Apr 2022
I didn't know that Austin Texas was the first American serial killer wow! And he may be or not be jack the ripper! He was brutal. And we took this murder walk on a full moon.
star-5
This was a great...
Brandon_M
, Apr 2022
This was a great experience. First time doing a guided tour of this type and would recommend for anyone traveling to Austin. Our guide was Tyler. He had well placed stops to around the city to listen in on more information. He also had very good timing regarding the crossing lights and the surrounding environment.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your Murder Walk experience with Tyler! We take our true crime pretty seriously and a big part of that is hiring great communicators, so everyone can hear, understand, and safely navigate the great streets of Austin. Best, Jim Miles, owner Murder Walk Austin
star-5
Great guide and story teller
Cynthia_S
, Apr 2022
Our guide, William, was very thorough with his explanation and his narration was very well thought and performed. He knew his information and provided and insight to updated data and info on the case. We really enjoyed it!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks so much for your review! All of our do their best to keep the “true” in true crime :-) The events that transpired in 1885 are real, as horrific as they are. Attention to detail is a must. We greatly appreciate your review and hope you can come back and see us soon :-) Best, JM
star-5
Great tour!
Theresa_S
, Apr 2022
William was a great tour guide! He was knowledgeable and kept everyone engaged and safe during the tour. I would recommend the tour to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for experiencing Murder Walk Austin! We’re so glad you love the experience. There’s really nothing like walking the streets of Austin at night… especially when discussing the true crime:) Please come back and see us soon. If you liked the murder to her, you will likely love the ghost tour!! Best, Jim Miles, owner, Murder Walk Austin-
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
William was knowledgable...
Kedron_W
, Apr 2022
William was knowledgable and personable. Tge story was interesting and the locations were fun. It was great.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank’s so much for your review Kedron! We agree, William really knows his true crime :-) We’re so glad you walked with us to learn more about America’s first serial killer, the servant girl annihilator. Really incredible what happened on our streets in Austin back in 1885! If you liked the murder to her you would love our ghost tour! Hope to see you again in the future :-) best, Jim Miles, owner
star-5
Recommend!
Mark_R
, Apr 2022
William (my guide) knows his stuff… passionate and interesting. Lots of facts and insights. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for your review Mark! William does indeed know his stuff when it comes to true crime and the horrific incidents that transpired in Austin in 1885! Thank you for your interest and thanks for checking out in Murder Walk Austin! Please come back and see us again soon. If you liked the murder walk you might love the ghost walk! Best, Jim Miles, owner, Touratx
star-5
Do it.
Anthony_S
, Apr 2022
Tyler was extreme knowledgeable and made it an interesting night! I normally don’t care much for things like this, originally did it for the wife but he made it pretty interesting to say the least! Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your review! Murder Walk Austin is quickly becoming our most popular Tour because of true crime fans like you and your wife :-) we definitely agree that Tyler does an amazing job on this tour! There’s nothing like walking the streets of Austin at night! Please come back and see us again soon and thanks again. Best, Touratx
star-1
Worst ever
Brandy_M
, Mar 2022
This was horrible we didn’t even go on the walk cause nothing was prepared for the trip and it was in the middle of all kinds of bars and people partying made no sense terrible 😞
star-5
Fascinating experience!
Leisa_L
, Mar 2022
A fascinating tour with history of Austin and an unsolved mystery! We loved using our imaginations to go back in time and the theories of whodunnit were soooo fascinating! Our guide was knowledgeable and the historical photos were very helpful.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much for your review! We’ve designed the tour to bring our guests back to the year 1885 through photos and first hand accounts. So glad you loved the experience and we hope the rest of your trip to Austin was amazing!! Best, Jim Miles, owner, Touratx.com
star-5
Very informative
Malcolm_C
, Mar 2022
Great tour and wonderful energy . Your guide was very thorough and ensured that everyone e who was active in the tour, retained knowledge
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for your review Malcolm! We work hard to engage our guests in solving this true crime mystery from 1885. Glad you enjoyed Walking the Street of Austin with us. Come back and see us soon! Best regards, JM Touratx
star-5
The Midnight Assassin???
Jordan_W
, Mar 2022
Jim Miles was the tour guide and did a fantastic job. He did a good job explaining things in a sequential order and brought in facts about other serial killers as well. I did some research before this tour and my research took me away from the likely truth behind who the real serial killer was. I won’t spoil the killers identity but this is a must do tour if you got two hours to spare. Definitely 5/5 for those interested in Austin’s history and one of the biggest serial killers in our nations history. While on the tour I started thinking to myself that it would be cool if Jim had visual aids to help paint the picture and needless to say he already had that covered. Money well spent!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for your review Jordan! It was awesome hanging out with you guys on the streets of Boston, what a perfect night for a true crime walk! I totally agree with you about visual aids. I’ve got a few great ones but I am continuing to add more as the tour grows. Great to see you and hope to see you again in the future! Best, Jim Miles, owner
star-5
Different side of Austin
Erika_G
, Mar 2022
Tyler was amazing! Very informative, love his passion for true crime! Got to see a different side of Austin as well as some history. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much for this review! Tyler is a great Murder guide:) Murder Walk Austin is one of our fastest growing Tours! True crime plus Austin at night, can’t beat it! Best, Jim Miles
star-5
Book Club Talk / Murder Walk
Pam_S
, Mar 2022
Our book club read Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth. This Murder Walk was perfect for our Book talk. There were 7 of us that went and we all loved it! Tyler Rouse was wonderful! He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the topic . I highly recommend this walk , even if you haven’t read the book. Book Clubs…. Read this book and add the murder walk to your experience.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
I love reading reviews from people who have read the book and then taken the tour :-) Skip’s book “the midnight assassin” is indeed amazing! The events that transpired on the streets of Austin in 1885 are almost unbelievable… only it really happen! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the tour and hope you can come back and check out another one of our tours in the future! True crime fans unite!
star-5
Creepy!
William_K
, Feb 2022
Really fun way to walk around downtown Austin. Tyler was excellent. Rain night made it even more creepy.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks SO much for your review. We agree, Tyler really knows his stuff when it comes to true crime! The rain did add an element for sure:) Thanks for coming out for Murder Walk Austin! Best, Jim Miles, owner

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