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LA 1918-1919: The Axeman of New Orleans

Discussion in 'Historical Cold Cases - Pre 1950' started by Blue G 3, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. Blue G 3

    Blue G 3 Well-Known Member

    The first to succumb to the sharp blade of the Axeman were an Italian grocer named Joseph Maggio and his wife, Catherine on May 23, 1918. As they lay sleeping in their apartment above the Maggio grocery store the killer cut the couple’s throats with a straight razor before bashing in their heads with an axe.

    Who’ll be next?” is the question being asked by detectives and Italians of New Orleans.

    — The Times-Picayune

  2. Blue G 3

    Blue G 3 Well-Known Member

    As the killer's epithet implies, the victims usually were attacked with an axe, which often belonged to the victims themselves. In most cases, a panel on a back door of a home was removed by a chisel, which were both left on the floor near the door, followed by an attack on one or more of the residents with either an axe or straight razor. The crimes were not motivated by robbery, and the perpetrator never removed items from his victims' homes.


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