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    By accident happened upon an article about a never-caught serial killer active in New Orleans 1918-1919.

    A letter thought to come from the killer suggested he might have murdered to promote jazz music:

    Hell, March 13, 1919

    Esteemed Mortal:

    They have never caught me and they never will. They have never seen me, for I am invisible, even as the ether that surrounds your earth. I am not a human being, but a spirit and a demon from the hottest hell. I am what you Orleanians and your foolish police call the Axeman.

    When I see fit, I shall come and claim other victims. I alone know whom they shall be. I shall leave no clue except my bloody axe, besmeared with blood and brains of he whom I have sent below to keep me company.

    If you wish you may tell the police to be careful not to rile me. Of course, I am a reasonable spirit. I take no offense at the way they have conducted their investigations in the past. In fact, they have been so utterly stupid as to not only amuse me, but His Satanic Majesty, Francis Josef, etc. But tell them to beware. Let them not try to discover what I am, for it were better that they were never born than to incur the wrath of the Axeman. I don‘t think there is any need of such a warning, for I feel sure the police will always dodge me, as they have in the past. They are wise and know how to keep away from all harm.

    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.

    Well, as I am cold and crave the warmth of my native Tartarus, and it is about time I leave your earthly home, I will cease my discourse. Hoping that thou wilt publish this, that it may go well with thee, I have been, am and will be the worst spirit that ever existed either in fact or realm of fancy.
    The Axeman
    "Only one thought left, that makes me come alive,
    and that is you and me side by side, on the licorice ride"

  • #2
    Originally posted by Brainbomb View Post
    your foolish police


    I´d have thought having a jazz band in full swing in your home would sort of put off most murderers anyway.
    Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Brainbomb View Post
      every person shall be spared in whose home a jazz band is in full swing
      Pretty good reason to get the band back together.

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      • #4
        Woah, interesting. I would love to know what happened that night, whether many houses did 'jazz it'. Fair enough a jazz record in every house but a whole band in every living room is asking a bit much, even of New Orleans.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by toby.d View Post
          Woah, interesting. I would love to know what happened that night, whether many houses did 'jazz it'. Fair enough a jazz record in every house but a whole band in every living room is asking a bit much, even of New Orleans.
          In 1919 a band would probably have been much cheaper than a Victor phonograph and some jazz 78s.

          Axeploitation sheet music from 1919

          Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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          • #6
            Mrs Mills on thee olde joanna, jazzmod on the spoons, awesome!
            some times play g+ with back noise,some times vg , super psyché juju lpfront sleeve is very nice vg back vg , but the top corne left is eating buy rats, ask for picture

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