April 22, 2016 7:18pm CST
I am fascinated with serial killers. I guess I have a morbid curiosity. What makes them do what they do? Oh, I know about the psychopathic tendencies, humans being fantastical pawns in their demented minds, but, I mean what happened to make them go over the edge. Unlike multiple personality does it come from a traumatic break in their youths? I am curious. But, here is one that is too odd not to go on about. The Axeman of New Orleans. This madman operated from May 1918 until he vanished in October 1919. Odd huh? He wrote a letter that was published in the city paper stating that he would not harm those who played jazz in their homes. He was said to have murdered 11 people. A man by the name of Joseph Mumfre was possibly the murderer. The widow of the last victim, having witnessed a man leaving the scene of her husband's murder, dressed in black, confronted Mumfre and shot him. The murders ceased after that. **Footnote** On November, 26,1947 a man by the name of Jake Bird was convicted of first degree murder in Washington State after brutally killing a mother and daughter with an axe. This was in Tacoma, Washington. Bird was a drifter who was born in Louisianna. Some think he was The Axeman of New Orleans. Link below about him.
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• Garden Grove, California
23 Apr 16
ohmy that gives me the shivers as my hubby told me a little about this Jake B ird as my hubby was born and raised in W alla Walla Washington anmd when we went to visiit his people many years back my hubby and Iwalked u p he street to the pris on we go to see this Jake B irds burial recores. this givesme g oose bumps lol
• United States
26 Apr 16
I too have a fascination with serial killers. From my studies,most are set by the time they are 7 years old and usually due to trauma in their childhood. They are sociopathic and without empathy and usually their killing has a pattern with something from their past. Like Ted Bundy killed many who looked like his old girlfriend who dumped him. I like reading Ann Rule books. I learned to read at the age of 6 so I could read my dad's detective magazines. He refused to tell me what was about the photos and I was determined to know.
• Boise, Idaho
26 Apr 16
Yes,I have been studying them for about forty-five years now. but my question still remains. Where does it begin? I guess in some cases they don't give the full case history so I am curious. All these psychological breaks come from a trauma of some kind early on. Ted Bundy killed the same girl over and over it seemed. It is fascinating what makes humans do the things they do. Thanks for your response.
• Austin, Texas
24 Apr 16
Unlike you I have no fascination with serial killers. Quite frankly I wish they could be spotted BEFORE they harm a person and put away. Sadly, that's why they are serial killers. Because they kill several people. Fortunately, some are brought to justice. Unfortunately, some are never caught. But I'm convinced of one thing. They're all sick in the head. Won't kill people who play jazz? That's sick!! I don't mean sick as in need a doctor. I mean sick as in evil! People want to explain WHY they killed by writing it off as a mental problem. Of course it is! You kill that many people and you expect your mind is going to stay normal?? You don't think doing something like that over and repeatedly is not going to warp you??!! It's a line that got crossed over. People who respect human life don't cross that line!!
23 Apr 16
This was a really interesting read! Like you said, it is indeed quite fascinating to think of what goes on in their heads when they commit these crimes. It must be an interesting psychological challenge to study and understand the moralities that these people develop and work upon.