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This Is The Number One Unsolved Mystery In New Orleans And It Will Leave You Baffled

New Orleans is a town of mysteries, and there are so many that have permeated our culture over the years. But perhaps the most captivating unsolved mystery in New Orleans was the Axeman. The Axeman of New Orleans was an active serial killer in the city from May 1918 to October 1919. Around 7 people were murdered, and at least 7 injured during this time, almost all attacked with an axe.

The Axeman was a very unique serial killer for a number of reasons, but was perhaps best known for the mysterious letter that was published in the New Orleans newspapers during his crime spree. The letter stated,

“Undoubtedly, you Orleanians think of me as a most horrible murderer, which I am, but I could be much worse if I wanted to. If I wished, I could pay a visit to your city every night. At will I could slay thousands of your best citizens, for I am in close relationship with the Angel of Death.

Now, to be exact, at 12:15 (earthly time) on next Tuesday night, I am going to pass over New Orleans. In my infinite mercy, I am going to make a little proposition to you people. Here it is:

I am very fond of jazz music, and I swear by all the devils in the nether regions that every person shall be spared in whose home a jazz band is in full swing at the time I have just mentioned. If everyone has a jazz band going, well, then, so much the better for you people. One thing is certain and that is that some of your people who do not jazz it on Tuesday night (if there be any) will get the axe.”

The identity of the Axeman was never truly revealed. Crime writer Colin Wilson speculates that it may have been Joseph Momfre, who was murdered in Los Angeles in 1920, but this speculation has never been proven.

With all the violence that continues to plague New Orleans today, it’s interesting to look back and remember the history of vicious crimes that seem to have always followed our city. What do you think about this unsolved mystery in New Orleans? Do you believe you know who the Axeman is and why he did it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! We love to hear your feedback.

Kezia Kamenetz
Kezia Kamenetz is a native to southern Louisiana and lives in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans currently. When not writing about all the amazing things to be found in her state, her central passion is dreams and the wisdom they can offer, which you can learn more about by visiting KeziaVida.com