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The Axeman of New Orleans
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Murderer
    Killed eight people in New Orleans with an ax (May, 1918-October, 1919)
    Also frequently used an ax to break down the doors of his victims' houses
    His victims included a pregnant woman and an infant killed in her mother's arms.
    He imitated Jack the Ripper by writing taunting letters to the police and newspapers.
    He claimed to be a supernatural demon from Hell.
    His killing spree started and stopped without any apparent reason.
    He was never caught.
    A theory proposed by true-crime writer Colin Wilson that the killer was one Joseph Momfre, who was shot in Los Angeles by the widow of the Axeman's last victim, turned out to be bogus.
    He threatened to commit a murder at fifteen minutes past midnight on March 19, 1919, but promised to spare the occupants of any place where a jazz band was playing.
    That night, the city's dance halls were filled to capacity and hundreds of homes hired professional and amateur jazz bands to play.
    Some well-armed citizens sent the newspapers letters inviting the Axeman to visit their houses that night to see who killed who.
    One invitation requested that the Axeman not damage the door as a window would be left open for him.
    Ultimately, there were no attacks that night.

Credit: C. Fishel


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