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The Axeman of New Orléans is a confirmed serial killer who was active in between 1918 and 1919 in new Orléans. The killer was never caught and to this current day his identity remains a mystery. He has since passed on into a local urban legend in New Orléans with many considering him to be a myth. There are also legends stating that there were similar reports in 1911, but they are still up for debate over there validity.

The attacks[]

The attacks occurred between May 1918 and October 1919. The Axeman of New Orleans had 12 confirmed victims, resulting in 6 fatalities. The majority of his victims were Italian immigrants and Italian-Americans.

The Axeman primarily used an axe in his attacks.

The murders caused a mass panic similar to the later panic over the contested 'Mad Gasser of Mattoon' in the mid-1940s. Panic also sparked legends of similar killings in 1911 but they are contested.

Possible explanations/motive[]

Several theories have arisen over the legends and motives:

- actual serial killer (mostly accepted)

- hoax/folklore

-Mafia killings

- promotion of music (most outlandish)

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