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[S3E5] The Axeman's Letter

Klaus and Elijah walk in to their home to find the woman dead on the ground and a letter giving Klaus' instructions to find her before she finds him. Elijah tells Klaus that when he looked behind the red door, Aurora was there. Klaus doesn't want to hear it and Elijah tells him not to dismiss what he has to say. Klaus does anyway and tells Elijah if he wants they can both kill her together.

[S3E5] The Axeman's Letter

In 1002 A.D., Klaus' letter to Aurora is narrated as it's being shown of their romance and how she stumbles upon their vampirism. In present day, Aurora talks to a woman at a store about how it was the most beautiful letter she ever received. She gives her a letter and tells her to deliver it according to her instructions.

Her delivery is in the form of the woman, dead, in the same manner as Aurora was when she tried to commit suicide (shown in a flashback later on) before Rebekah comes into her room and gives Aurora her blood. Elijah and Klaus read Aurora's letter, a poem telling them to find her before she finds them.

The majority of the Axeman's victims were Italian immigrants or Italian-Americans, leading many to believe that the crimes were ethnically motivated. Many media outlets sensationalized this aspect of the crimes, even suggesting Mafia involvement despite lack of evidence. Some crime analysts have suggested that the killings were related to sex, and that the murderer was perhaps a sadist specifically seeking female victims. Criminologists Colin and Damon Wilson hypothesize that the Axeman killed male victims only when they obstructed his attempts to murder women, supported by cases in which the woman of the household was murdered but not the man. A less plausible theory is that the killer committed the murders in an attempt to promote jazz music, suggested by a letter attributed to the killer in which he stated that he would spare the lives of those who played jazz in their homes.[4]

The Axeman was not caught or identified, and his crime spree stopped as mysteriously as it had started. The murderer's identity remains unknown to this day, although various possible identifications of varying plausibility have been proposed. On March 13, 1919, a letter purporting to be from the Axeman was published in newspapers, saying that he would kill again at 15 minutes past midnight on the night of March 19 but would spare the occupants of any place where a jazz band was playing. That night all of New Orleans' dance halls were filled to capacity, and professional and amateur bands played jazz at parties at hundreds of houses around town. There were no murders that night.[5] 041b061a72


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