He could have been a mass murderer, but his identity (and his alleged crime) is still not proven today. It is the story of a man from Illinois who in the mid-1940s may have tried to gas his entire town.
This incident is a well known story in Mattoon, Illinois. He has his own Wikipedia page and has just been recounted by a leading YouTube channel called Thoughty2. This is the story of Mattoon’s Mad Gasser.
The Wikipedia page of this alleged gas attack echoes what was described in the video:
the Mattoon Mad Gasser (also known as “Anesthetic Lurker”, “Phantom Anesthesiologist” or simply “Mad Gasser”) was the name given to the person or persons suspected of being responsible for a series of apparent gas attacks that took place. were produced in Mattoon, Illinois, in the mid-1940s.
Over 2 dozen reports, but nothing has been proven and no one has been identified as the attacker. Police blamed the incident on mass hysteria created by women without their men who served overseas in the armed forces during World War II.
He has become a pop culture benchmark whenever a theory is put forward about the hysteria created by public fear.
The University of Illinois says 33 people say they smelled gas over a 12-day period and some researchers now believe it was possible, if not likely, that there was a single attacker.
But, is it possible that the attacker was a being from another world? American Hauntings thinks so. They theorize that a dimensional traveler could have staged the attacks and then returned to his time.
Almost 70 years later, Mattoon’s Mad Gasser remains a mysterious legend that fortunately did not result in the actual deaths of the victims.
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