So apparently between the years 1918 and 1919 there was this person who went around New Orleans at night and took an axe to 12 people. This person was also never identified. Only eight of the victims of the “Axeman of New Orleans” actually died, the youngest being only two years old.
There was one night in particular that was the “most notorious” in regards to this serial killer. On March 13, 1919 the supposed Axeman sent in a letter that was then published in the newspaper. The letter had instructed that there would be another murder 15 minutes past midnight in any place where jazz music wasnt playing. That night all of New Orleans dance halls were full to capacity and hundreds of houses around town played either professional and amateur jazz bands. No one was killed that night.
Later that year (1919) a man by the name of Joseph John Davilla wrote a song that was published by New Orleans based World’s Music Publishing Company, titled “The Mysterious Axman’s Jazz (Don’t Scare Me Papa)”. The Axeman of New Orleans also appeared in several books that were published in the years 1945, 1991, 1997, and 2005; most often mentioned as “The Axeman’s Jazz”