The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story

The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story

From 1910 to 1919, New Orleans suffered at the hands of its very own Jack the Ripper?style killer. The story has been the subject of websites, short stories, novels, a graphic novel, and most recently the FX television series American Horror Story. But the full story of gruesome murders, sympathetic victims, accused innocents, public panic, the New Orleans Mafia, and a mys From 1910 to 1919, New Orleans suffered at the hands of its very own Jack the Ripper?style killer. The story has bee...

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Title:The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story
Author:Miriam C. Davis
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Genres:Crime
ISBN:161374868X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:306 pages pages

The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story Reviews

  • Ren
    Jan 20, 2017
    New Orleans is a city that incomparably fascinates. It holds such a strong allure ? consistently drawing masses of tourists, both at Mardi Gras time and outside of it, to see what makes this lakefront city so special. Even following devastating natural disasters like the hurricane th...
  • Liv
    Mar 08, 2018
    Nothing great. Kind of a weak telling of this early 1900s event. ...
  • Bark
    Jun 13, 2018
    I am DNFing this book. For a story about the axeman, it is so incredibly dull and lacking in focus. The author has clearly done her homework but she's included too many sidelines that have nothing to do with the murders. If I wanted to learn about the origins of the Italian Mafia in Ne...
  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    Apr 10, 2019
    First off, I could have sworn that I've read a book about this before, yet can't find it in my read lists and am only seeing cheesy looking ones that I'd most likely never read when I do a google search. If you remember a serious one, shout out the title, please and put my poor brain o...
  • Kieran Healy
    Sep 01, 2017
    There's an interesting story in here, but unfortunately it's got nothing to do with the Axeman. The trial of Frank Jordano is the most fascinating part of the book, to me. But he's not who this book is about. He and his father are falsely accused of one of the murderous attacks. There ...
  • Jill Crosby
    Feb 27, 2018
    Absolutely AWFUL. While the premise is promising, the author does very little to deliver. The Axeman? In New Orleans? How can you screw this up? 1. By writing two long and detailed chapters about the rise of the Mafia in New Orleans, and La Cosa Nostra doesn?t even play a part in...
  • ElphaReads
    Sep 21, 2017
    I had never heard of the Axeman of New Orleans until he was a character on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN (which I contend is by far the best AHS season of all time). I hadn't felt terribly compelled to check him out beyond that show, but when he was covered on MY FAVORITE MURDER I was i...
  • Julie
    Mar 29, 2017
    The Axman of New Orleans: The True Story by Miriam C. Davis is a 2017 Chicago Review Press publication. I thought I had heard about most serial killers, recent, past or distant past, but I never heard about this case. I understand this story was even featured on ?American Horror ...
  • Jordan Anderson
    Sep 06, 2019
    Even though it?s well researched and well written, Axeman will probably never reach up there with some of the other great ?true crime??reads. I think the biggest issue I (and many others) seemed to have with Davis?s nonfiction look at what is essentially America?s versio...
  • Kristin Lambert
    Aug 04, 2018
    I?ve read lots of stuff on the internet about the Axeman and listened to a podcast about him, but there is so much contradictory information that I got frustrated. I just wanted to know the actual facts of what happened, not the urban legend version. This book provided exactly what I...
  • Sean Chick
    Oct 22, 2018
    This is a hard book to rate. Davis does some good research, debunking myths about the Axeman and making good suppositions about events, such as the Mumfre thesis as well as Besumer's status as victim. She is good as a straight historian. Her background information on New Orleans, the M...
  • Lynn
    May 24, 2017
    Today's nonfiction is on The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story by Miriam C. Davis. It is 320 pages long and is published by Chicago Review Press. The cover is black and purple street view of New Orleans. The intended reader is someone who likes true crime, unsolved mysteries, and h...
  • Lisa Williams
    Mar 25, 2017
    Amazing and quick read. A must for lovers of New Orleans, true crime and history. ...
  • Jeanne
    Jan 25, 2017
    I?ve always loved reading different genres of books but lately everything I read is romance. The Axeman of New Orleans was a nice departure, taking me back to true crime. Miriam Davis has done an amazing job researching this book. The amount of detail she provides for a century ol...
  • Jessie
    Jan 18, 2018
    The Axeman of New Orleans, Miriam C. Davis First and foremost, I would like to thank Miriam for giving the victims of this murderer, and potential other murderers, the respect that they deserve. This is the book that they deserve as well, and hopefully they get the justice that the ...
  • Kim
    Jun 20, 2017
    Well-researched and well-written book about a serial killer in New Orleans in the early 1900s. ...
  • Alex Andrasik
    Oct 05, 2017
    In the early 20th century, an ax-wielding fiend terrorized the Italian immigrants of New Orleans. In a bizarre case involving false accusations, German spies, and Jazz music, it's the injustice and the mistrust of the age that stands out, as well as minor advances in the criminal justi...
  • Sarah
    Nov 21, 2017
    3.75*s Oddly enough I've never heard of this particular serial killer in US history. This seems to be the USA's own Jack the Ripper style case, with just as much over the top detailing and even more of a kill count. Mrs. Davis does a great job of breaking down the case, and any murde...
  • Stacy
    May 05, 2017
    The world had no terms for serial killers in 1910. Fiend, madman, phantom; that's what the press and the police called the unknown person who murdered citizens of New Orleans between 1910-1919. This books details each crime, discusses theories, and brings up what impact modern tools wo...
  • Jon
    Oct 02, 2017
    Disappointing, perhaps inevitably so, given that the titular subject left too little of a trace to identify him. The clues that remain are spare, disjointed and don't add up to a tantalizing whodunit in the same way that the Jack the Ripper case engendered. So at the end of the book, y...
  • Michael
    Jun 15, 2018
    Now that was a good read. This book will help you remember to lock your doors at night but not help you sleep or feel safe in your own bed. All I know is people sure did sleep soundly back in the day. This guy could chisel through a door and no one hears a thing. If one of my cats fart...
  • Jeff Jellets
    Nov 09, 2017
    "They have never caught me and they never will. They have never seen me, for I am invisible, even as the ether which surrounds your earth. I am not a human being, but a spirit and a fell demon from hottest hell. I am what you Orleanians and your foolish police call the axman." Mir...
  • Brian
    Jun 14, 2017
    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. In the early 1900's a number of immigrant (mostly Italian) store owners were attacked with and axe, in New Orleans. No one knows for sure if there was one attacker, or a series of similar attackers. Miriam Davis has written an ap...
  • Debra
    Oct 05, 2017
    I was hoping this would be a page turner and have me on the edge of my seat. Ms. Davis is an academic and that shows in this book. It tends to come across a bit dry. Added to the fact that she leaves us without a finger to point at a real perpetrator, I could only give give it 3 stars....
  • Kate
    Mar 06, 2018
    This is not so much a book about the murders as it is about the corruption,failed criminal investigation, yellow journalism, immigration patterns. political machinations in New Orleans in the early part of the 19th Century. If you are looking for a murder mystery this isn't it. If you ...
  • Carley
    Jun 27, 2017
    The Axeman of New Orleans is definitely not like anything I've read before. Even though it is a nonfiction work centered around proving and disproving theories, it tells a story rather than only introducing facts. By the time you get to the end of their Axeman journey, you have come to...
  • Allie
    Aug 30, 2018
    I love AHS: Coven, and a key character in the series is a mysterious man known as ?The Axeman.? Naturally I was curious to know the real story behind the show, and while I was initially fascinated by the facts the author presented in this book, it really petered off toward the end....
  • Jay
    May 24, 2019
    Warning spoilers!!!! The axeman of New Orleans has never been that well known. Kind of an obscure case, only recently has the case gained some notice. As a true crime fanatic I was course had read about him but there was never that much info to get really into the case. Info made pu...
  • Vel Veeter
    Jul 14, 2017
    For a book about someone killing people with axes, this isn?t the most interesting book I?ve read?.this week. This is the story of a New Orleans serial killer who targeted primarily Italian shopkeepers in the early 20th century. This book is drenched with a time in the country...
  • Guera25
    Jan 20, 2018
    A waste of paper. No answers, just 262 pages of what-ifs and maybes and armchair psychology. Save your money. ...