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AXEMAN OF NEW ORLEANS

  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1918-1919
  • VICTIMS: 5
  • Joseph Maggio / Killed in 1918
  • Catherine Maggio / Killed in 1918
  • Joseph Romano / Killed 1918
  • Mary Cortimiglia, Attacked in 1919
  • Mike Pepitone / Killed 1919
  • SURVIVORS: 7
  • Louis Besumer / Attacked in 1918
  • Harriet Lowe / Attacked in 1918
  • Mrs. Schneider / Attacked in 1918
  • Rosie Cortimiglia / Attacked in 1919
  • Charles Cortimiglia / Attacked in 1919
  • Steve Boca / Attacked in 1919
  • Sarah Laumann / Attacked in 1919
  • SUSPECTS: 6
  • Andrew Maggio
  • Lewis Oubicon
  • Louis Besumer
  • James Gleason
  • Joseph Momfre
  • Frank "Doc" Mumphrey
  • CONVICTED: 2
  • Frank Jordano
  • Iorlando Jordano

WRONGFUL CONVICTION

The Axeman of New Orleans terrorized New Orleans, Louisiana between May, 1918 and October, 1919. Each victim was attacked with an axe or a straight razor, often belonging to the victims themselves. In most cases, the back door of the home was the point of entry for the attacker. The majority of the victims were Italian America which lead many to believe that the crimes were racially motivated. At the time, the media suggested mafia involvement.
When Charles, Rosie, and Mary Cortimiglia were attacked, Rosie Cortimiglia named her neighbors Frank and Iorlando Jordano as the attackers. The Jordanos were charged with the murder spree and sentenced to death but a year later their accuser recounted her statement and the Jordanos were released. No further individuals have been convicted of the murders and the case remains unsolved.

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