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Villisca Axe Murder House

Villisca Axe Murder House

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  • Date Posted: Apr 29, 2014
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  • Address: Villisca Axe Murder House, 508 East 2nd Street, Villisca, IA 50864, USA


In 1912 the J.B. Moore family along with two young girls who were spending the night, were murdered with an axe. Forensic science in 1912 was not terribly advanced, and who the actual murderer was remains a mystery. J.B. Moore, Sara Moore, Herman, Katherine, Boyd, and Paul (their children), and Ina and Lena Stillinger (friends of young Katherine) were all brutally murdered with an axe on June 10, 1912.

Bacon was left on the piano and on one of the countertops in the kitchen. No one knows why although people have speculated that the killer perhaps rubbed himself down with bacon to keep from being picked up by tracking dogs.

Sara and J.B. were struck on the back of the head. One of the Stillinger girls was oddly arranged on the bed, in a position that seemed to suggest that she had been sexually violated in some way. All of the mirrors were covered with blankets. The doors and windows were covered as well.

Most seem to think that murderer hid in the attic for quite some time until the Moore family finally retired to bed. The train whistle was purportedly loud enough to keep the neighbors from overhearing the murders next door. Investigations have indicated that the murders may have happened when the 2:00 AM train rumbled through town.

There is a fairly long history of weirdness associated with the house following the murders. A number of different families lived in the Moore house after the murders. One rather large male tenant, for example ran out of the house in the middle of the night screaming. He slept out in the barn every night thereafter.

There are haunted locations throughout the United States that involve axe murders. For example, there is a haunted bridge in Broussard, Louisiana called Mary Jane’s Bridge where paranormal activity seems to be related to a serial axe murderer who terrorized people in the region in the 1910’s. Interestingly, this axe murderer did his evil deeds around the same time as the Villisca axe murderers. Could the serial killer in Louisiana and Texas be the same killer responsible for the death of the Moore’s?

Yet another creepy axe murderer was Travis Dayton of Greenville, Alabama. He murdered his wife and unborn child using an axe. Haunted events related to the tragedy are said to take place at Cry Baby Creek in Greenville.

Videos of the Villisca Axe Murder house demonstrate some of the eerie paranormal activity that takes place, particularly in the children’s rooms. Another haunted location that manifests strange paranormal activity due to the presence of children is the Myrtles Plantation (now considered one of the most haunted hotels in the United States).




Villisca Axe Murder House, 508 East 2nd Street, Villisca, IA Iowa 50864, USA

Villisca Axe Murder House, 508 East 2nd Street, Villisca, IA Iowa 50864, USA

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