By Todd C. Elliott
The ax-man murders of 1912 in Louisiana and Texas depart a bloody path of facts that issues to the biggest, unsolved serial killing in historical past of the us. it is a story of formality homicide, voodoo mayhem, and wholesale killings that leads the reader on a stunning teach trip throughout states and into the chapters of a true American horror tale. The fiendish slayings of 10 slumbering households nestled of their beds is simply the start of the terrifying account of a real crime that continues to be unsolved. Axes of Evil sheds mild on an unwritten a part of American heritage and uncovers the yankee "Jack the Ripper."
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Ritual and race figure prominently in newspaper accounts and the popular imagination. Then word of another sect bubbles up through the swamps, that of a Sanctified Sect whose members, once initiated, can do no wrong and can be judged guilty of no sin. The murders continue. There are strange preachers in this tale, elements of voodoo and ritual magic, hideous crimes in the name of either God, Satan or Eugenics … or all three. I’m not making this up, and neither is Todd Elliott. The trail extends out from the Deep South and to other parts of the country.
The Ax-Man was now seen as a paralyzer of domestic, industrial, social and religious life wherever the Southern-Pacific Railroad ran in Louisiana. Another religious element came into play in the El Paso Herald account of the crimes. Dickinson failed to mention the gory details to Utica readers and cited the reason as an ethical one: to spare readers such carnage and turning the victims’ blood into ink for his paper. The El Paso Herald, which also had a traveling journalist in the area in late February or early March of 1912, gave a more horrific account of what might have happened inside the Broussard home on the night of the murders.
And two other mysterious figures, also thought to be tied to the shady “Sanctified Church,” were arrested for the Lake Charles crimes in Lake Charles by police acting on a tip from Lafayette law officers. The two men were Ed Jiles, who was described in the March 1, 1912 edition of the Lake Charles American Press Weekly as a “big, crazy-acting negro,” and Dr. E. Anderson, who lived on Moss Street in Lake Charles at the time of his arrest. Jiles was described as a “giant” who was captured by police officers following the Broussard family slaughter.