1911

The Axeman serial killer of New Orleans (1918-1919)

During several years in the early 1900’s, New Orleans teetered on the brink of panic after a string of horrendous murders that were as gruesome as they were terrifying. Reminiscent of an American version of Jack the Ripper, the ax-wielding serial killer known as “Axeman”, broke into homes across New Orleans in the middle of the night and savagely hacked his sleeping victims with an axe before quietly slipping away into the darkness. As with the Jack the Ripper murders that occurred in London during the late 1880's, a canonical list of victims was attributed to the Axeman serial killer but in truth, nobody is sure how many victims died by his hand.  Regardless, by the time the attacks suddenly ended in October 1919, at least