piece assembled for an early 20th-century serial killer
operating in New Orleans
, called, not surprisingly, the Axeman of New Orleans
. The Axeman
's deal was he used to throw on his slouch hat
and then chisel panels
out of his victim
s' front doors. He'd then unlock
the door, run in, and hack at them with an axe
Anyway, he was notoriously difficult to catch, and this one particular evening, he wrote a letter to a newspaper, and said that on such-and-such evening he would be walking the streets, and if he passed a house or apartment that wasn't blaring jazz on a record player, he would give those people the axe.
Axeman's Jazz was a piece written, I believe, after this particular evening.
Although the identity of the Axeman of New Orleans was never confirmed, the murderer of one Jack Mumfre claimed that Mumfre was the Axeman, and she was taking revenge for her husband, whom Mumfre killed. Whether or not this is true remains unknown.