Most people who have heard of Jake Bird know him for his hex, but he was an axe wielding serial killer who is still rumored to haunt not one, but two of the prisons in which he was held.
In 1947, Jake Bird bludgeoned two women with an axe. What seemed to be a one time robbery gone wrong would soon be revealed to be one more in a pattern of axe killings from around the country, and result in a fulfilled hex and haunting.
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No author, “The Parole Board Did Not Free Jake Bird,” Des Moines Register, 14 January 1948
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No author, “Jake Bird Tells of Past Crimes,” The Spokane Review, 2 January 1948
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No author, “Pueblo Woman Found Dead in Home: Dead Several Days,” The Daily Sentinel, 2 October 1947
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Researched and written by Kim Douthit
Edited and produced by Gabi Fiore.
Music by Dan Moretti.