Cigar Society of Chicago
The AXEMAN of New Orleans, with
                              Miriam C. Davis

From 1910 to 1919, New Orleans suffered at the hands of its very own Jack the Ripper. The Axeman repeatedly broke into the homes of Italian grocers in the dead of night, leaving his victims in a pool of blood. The story has been the subject of websites, short stories, novels, a graphic novel, and, most recently, the FX television series, American Horror Story.

Miriam C. Davis will join the Cigar Society of Chicago this coming Tuesday to tell us about her own investigation into the gruesome murders, sympathetic victims, accused innocents, public panic, and the New Orleans mafia, based on an examination of all available sources. She writes,

This has been a different kind of history than I was trained to write in graduate school. I wanted to write something analytical that would be fully grounded in the sources but would also appeal to a wide audience by telling a story rather than merely being an analysis of a list of murders. While I've tried to tell the story as what is sometimes called creative or narrative nonfiction, I've stayed true to my obligations as a historian.

Booklist gave Axeman a starred review, calling it, “A riveting story of a serial-killer investigation in a time long before modern-day investigative techniques, or even the term ‘serial killer,’ was invented.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
5:30-7:00 pm CDT

Sign in 5:00-5:30 pm for informal cigar and cocktail chatter.
The event will be called to order at 5:30.
There will be a Q&A session following the lecture. Audience participation is invited.
The event will conclude at 7 pm.
An optional cocktail party and discussion will continue after the event.
Be sure to have your cocktails and cigars at ready hand.

Register for this event.

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Miriam C. Davis graduated from Emory University with a degree in history. She studied at both the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and the University of York (England) before earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After teaching for sixteen years at Delta State University, she is now a freelance writer and ghostwriter and in the summer lectures for Smithsonian Journeys on tours of Ireland, Scotland, and England. She is currently ghosting Not As Conquerors: The Story of the 3rd Battalion 23rd Marines in the First Days of Occupied Iraq with Colonel David Couvillon, USMCR (Ret.).

About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the secretary at