The Axeman of New Orleans

The Axeman of New Orleans  was a  serial killer  active in  New Orleans ,  Louisiana  (and surrounding communities, including  Gretna, Louisiana ), from May 1918 to October 1919.  Press reports during the height of public panic about the killings mentioned similar murders as early as 1911, but recent researchers have called these reports into question.

From May 1918 thru October 1919, “The Axeman of New Orleans” killed eight people, possibly more.   The Axeman has never been identified.  He (or maybe she) would break in the back door of a home and kill with an axe.   Unlike most home invasions, the Axeman never stole from the home.   A letter from the Axeman was published in the newspaper saying he would kill on March 19, 1919, at 12:15am unless jazz music filled the homes.   The jazz halls was packed and no one died that night.  Others who sent letters (some of them more coherent than others) include Son of Sam, BTK, and the Axeman of New Orleans.

Usually, the capture had little to do with the any attempted mind games: Son of Sam was captured when a witness saw him loitering suspiciously near his illegally parked car around the time of the shootings then confessed quickly. BTK was caught after a floppy disk he sent was traced to a computer registered by a local church