Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the serial killer. Jordano Bruno PDF Map New Orleans March 1919.
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As the killer’s epithet implies, the victims usually were attacked with an axe, which often belonged to the victims themselves. The majority of the Axeman’s victims were Italian immigrants or Italian-Americans, leading many to believe that the crimes were ethnically motivated. The Axeman was not caught or identified, and his crime spree stopped as mysteriously as it had started. The murderer’s identity remains unknown to this day, although various possible identifications of varying plausibility have been proposed. On March 13, 1919, a letter purporting to be from the Axeman was published in newspapers saying that he would kill again at 15 minutes past midnight on the night of March 19, but would spare the occupants of any place where a jazz band was playing. Not everyone was intimidated by the Axeman.
Some well-armed citizens submitted announcements to newspapers challenging the Axeman to visit their houses. One promised to leave a window open for the Axeman, politely asking that he not damage the front door. They have never caught me and they never will. They have never seen me, for I am invisible, even as the ether that surrounds your earth.
I am not a human being, but a spirit and a demon from the hottest hell. I am what you Orleanians and your foolish police call the Axeman. When I see fit, I shall come and claim other victims. I alone know whom they shall be. I shall leave no clue except my bloody axe, besmeared with blood and brains of he whom I have sent below to keep me company. If you wish you may tell the police to be careful not to rile me.
Of course, I am a reasonable spirit. I take no offense at the way they have conducted their investigations in the past. In fact, they have been so utterly stupid as to not only amuse me, but His Satanic Majesty, Francis Josef, etc. Let them not try to discover what I am, for it were better that they were never born than to incur the wrath of the Axeman. Undoubtedly, you Orleanians think of me as a most horrible murderer, which I am, but I could be much worse if I wanted to.