There is nothing quite like the shudder of chills that creep down your back when you read about a terrifying real-life crime that will haunt your thoughts for the rest of the day.

Some stories stick with us, especially if they are unsolved.

Whether they happened in your town or they are still unsolved many years later, we are surrounded by unsolved crimes and lost souls that may never be put to rest.

Here are 19 unsolved crimes that are sure to scare the hell out of you.

WARNING: The nature of and images featured in this post are unsettling and may be extremely disturbing to some readers.

1. Axeman of New Orleans.

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Between May 1918 and October 1919, New Orleans was on the brink of panic after a string of axe murders were committed, as the “Axeman” broke into homes in the middle of the night and savagely attacked his sleeping victims before disappearing into the dark again.

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The bizarre details of this case include the majority of his victims being of Italian descent, and even more unusually, the serial killer sent a letter to the local paper explaining that anyone playing jazz music in their homes would be spared – at least they were given a chance.

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