History Top 3 Unsolved Serial Murders in the United States

History Top 3 Unsolved Serial Murders in the United States

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Top 3 Unsolved Serial Murders in the United States

Serial murders are one of the most terrifying things that can happen to a community. Knowing that there is someone stalking the streets that you live on, looking for victims, is a very scary prospect.

Many of these serial killers strike in the same area for years, others move around spreading fear in new neighborhoods and luckily, many of them are caught. However, when the killer is not caught, citizens are forced to imagine when he or she will strike again.

There is also sadness in knowing that the serial murderer was never brought to justice for the crimes they committed. Here are a few famous unsolved serial murders in the United States.

3 The Capital City Murders, Madison, Wisconsin

Over a span of 14 years, women disappeared in and around Madison, Wisconsin and were found dead. The victims began turning up in 1968.

The killings were sporadic and in many cases, the police could not identify the cause of death due to the decomposed state of some of the victims. There were often spaces of years between victims. Nonetheless, the killings are thought by many to be the work of a serial killer.

All of the victims were young women, between the ages of 17 and 24. In the cases where an autopsy was able to show the cause of death, the victims had been stabbed.

The bodies were often left out of sight, so some of the women were not found until many days later. Of course, there is the possibility that some victims have never been found.
The killings in Madison stopped in November of 1984. There were seven victims in all. Each was a young woman with long hair. Their killer was never caught.

The Capital City Murders, Madison, Wisconsin

2 The Axeman of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana

The known Axeman Murders began in New Orleans in 1918, though there may have been murders before this. The murderer would enter a house through a hole in the victim’s door, which he or she (the killer was likely a man) had cut out with a chisel. The murderer would then strike at his/her victims with an ax. In one case, the murderer also used a barber’s razor to slit the victim’s throats. The murderer would then flee the scene, often leaving the murder weapon behind.

Oddly, the axe that was used was often the property of one of the victims. The murderer seemed to delight in confusing authorities. In fact, there were several instances where loved ones or neighbors were arrested for the murders.

One man was even sentenced to death and his father sentenced to life in prison for an attack on their neighbors. They were later released after the women that had been attacked confessed that she had lied. No one was ever charged with all of the murders.

At times, many months would pass between killings and the residents of New Orleans would let down their guard, only to have the killer strike again. Then, the killings abruptly ceased in late 1919. There were eleven victims associated with the axeman in all. One was an infant. Five of these victims survived their attacks, though none could say who attacked them.

Cover of the sheet music of "The Mysterious Axman's Jazz (Don't Scare Me Papa)", a song wrote by local tune writer Joseph John Davilla in 1919.
Cover of the sheet music of “The Mysterious Axman’s Jazz (Don’t Scare Me Papa)”, a song wrote by local tune writer Joseph John Davilla in 1919.

1 The Frankford Slasher, Frankford, Pennsylvania

The first victim that is thought to be the work of the Frankford slasher was found in August of 1985. The victims were all women, aged 28-68. Most, if not all, of the victims, were raped and found in various states of undress. One poor victim had been raped with a 3-ft. piece of wood. The cause of death was invariably stabbing. One of the victims had been stabbed 74 times.

At the same time these murders were being committed, police uncovered and arrested two other serial killers in the area. Oddly enough, the killings were not connected. The police were obviously very busy, but they followed up every lead they got in the slasher case.

A man was arrested for the killings in 1990. While he was awaiting trial, the final murder took place. The man stood trial anyway and was convicted of the killing of one of the victims. In all, there were seven victims.

If the man was truly guilty of the crime that meant that there must have been two killers with the same M.O., working in the area. Nonetheless, the killings stopped. Some believe that is because the killer is behind bars. Others believe that he is still out there somewhere.

The Frankford Slasher, Frankford, Pennsylvania
The Frankford Slasher

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John Smith has been with Histecho since 2017, A Senior Editor & Writer for Histecho. his work has been featured in outlets such as Scientific American, The Washington Post, NBC News, and Fox News. John grew up outside of Philadelphia and studied biology at Hamilton College in upstate New York.

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