Mad Gasser of Mattoon

It is unclear if the gasser in Botetourt County, Virginia in the 1930s and the one in  Mattoon, Illinois in the 1940s were the same but they share a Wikipedia article and was/were referred to as “the ‘Anesthetic Prowler’, Friz, the ‘Phantom Anesthetist’, the ‘Mad Gasser of Roanoke’, or simply the ‘Mad Gasser.’” This person or these people reportedly sprayed gas into the homes of unsuspecting victims that caused them to pass out.

It is unclear if it was an actual person perpetrating this gas attacks or if they were just the result of industrial pollution that was knocking people out and the spread of a possible assailant caused the town to panic. To this day, the events are unexplained.

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