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What better way to start out the Halloween season than a new blog about True Crime? 

If you’ve never been to New Orleans, you’re definitely missing out on all things spooky, creepy, and downright awesome (if you’re into that kind of thing). It’s on my list of top favorite cities in the United States so far and we try to visit as often as we can now that we’re in the Houston area and are within driving distance. 

I decided to write about The Axeman of New Orleans because, while visiting one occasion, I went on a haunted tour of their magnificent city and he was brought to my attention. So, when the chance to write about murderers came up, I was delighted to see this book in our library. 

front cover of The Axeman of New Orleans

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to see a figure standing over you in the dark. Next to you lies your husband, covered in blood and not able to communicate. Your children are either in the room with you covered in blood as well, or in the one next to yours soundly sleeping through this nightmare. You touch your head because it’s hurting, but you don’t know why, and your fingers come away bloody. Why is this happening to you?

The Axeman of New Orleans is a true account of what happened between 1910-1919 and held my attention the entire time. Author Miriam Davis took me on a surprising journey of horror by making me see through the lens of the early 20th century in Louisiana. What started in Little Palermo (now called The French Quarter) was a peculiar tale of Italian immigrants being singled out as victims to the depravity of this strange man that was never caught. 

 Several innocent men were charged and sent to prison for his crimes, then later released. Not all of the victims died. The police department did what they could with what they had but were mostly a corrupt entity with questionable interviewing tactics. There was even a letter sent to one of the city papers stating that if everyone played Jazz on 3/18/1919 they would be spared because he was a fan.  

Was it just one man? Was it the Mafia? Did he go in to burglar the homes but then end up wounding and killing on instinct or is it the other way around? Did he leave New Orleans and take his killing spree on the road? 

Seriously, there are a lot of serial killers who are never caught and if that’s not scary, I don’t know what is. If you like a little history thrown in with your murder stories, this is the book for you.  

 Happy Reading! 

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I Loved that I came across this while writing my own October fun! It was a good synopsis and made me want to throw myself into the book <3 Good stuff

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