Monthly Archives: June 2012

Small Iowa Town holds Bloody Mystery

At first glance Villisca, Iowa seems like any other middle class Midwestern town. But Villisca has a macabre history that many townsfolk would just as soon forget. If you go to Villisca and you know where to look, you will find an old white house nestled along a residential street. This house is different than other houses in that it was the site of a horrific murder that remains unsolved to this very day.

On the night of June 10th, 1912 this white house would turn to blood red. On this night, the Murder House as it is known today, witnessed the Villisca Axe Murders, in which the entire family of Josiah Moore and two other guests, a total of eight people, were savagely murdered.

Here are the facts:

-Eight people were murdered with an axe that was left at the crime scene.

-All of the victims appeared to have been sleeping at the time of the attacks.

-All of the victims faces were covered with bedclothes after they were killed.

-The ceiling of the parents bedroom and the childrens room showed gouge marks believed to be caused by the upswing of an axe.

-A pan of bloody water was discovered on the kitchen table along with a plate of uneaten food.

-A slab of bacon was on the floor in the downstairs bedroom lying near the axe and a second slab of bacon was found in the icebox.

In the immediate aftermath of the slayings there were a few suspects, including a priest, however, no one was ever convicted of the crime. Today, you can go to the small town and take a tour of the house, which was featured on a recent episode of Ghost Adventures. Some locals believe that the ghost of one or more of the victims of this murder still haunt the house. A documentary was made about the incident; titled, Villisca: Living With a Mystery, the film provides some of the most thorough information on the case. There was even a book written by Roy Marshall called, Villisca, which also details the events. As the 100 year anniversary has already come and gone, it seems unlikely that this mystery will ever be solved.

It’s Never too Early to Start Planning for Halloween!

For those of us who live in the world of Halloween 365 days a year, the summer season is the hardest. Fall is on the horizon and that means Halloween! But it’s not quite here, yet. You can bring the creeps to the summer heat by planning your Halloween haunts and parties now, before it’s too late!

Here’s how to get the party started in five easy steps:

 

  • Pick a theme Zombies and vampires are popular Halloween themes this year. No matter what you choose, make sure you go all out!
  • Find inspiration Search the web for costumes, d©cor, and Halloween props. Pinterest is a great site to find ideas and inspiration. You can create your own pin board to organize all your ideas online. And don’t forget to follow FrightCatalog.com when you’re there.
  • Buy or build props This is where all your ideas come to life. Props and decorations are an essential part of every home haunt. To add drama, don’t forget lighting, fog, music, and other scene setters.
  • Make the guest list Who do you want at the party? Are you hosting a haunted house for the neighborhood? Will it be a quiet party for a close group of friends or a monster bash that lasts through the night? Get a guest list down on paper and decide on invitations. The possibilities are endless!
  • Decorate & bake When October 1st rolls around, it is officially time to start decorating. We recommend starting on the inside of the house and working your way out as it gets closer to Halloween. Have as much of the food ready the night before as possible, you can always freeze and reheat!

So how soon is too soon to start your Halloween plans? There’s no such thing as too soon!

Ray Bradbury 1920-2012

Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian ChroniclesDandelion Wine, and over 500 other short stories, novels, poems, plays, and screenplays, passed away on June 5th at the age of 91.

Bradbury was a science fiction pioneer, often credited with bringing the genre into the mainstream. Few managed to escape high school without reading at least one of his works. His works often delved into fantasy, horror, mystery, and gothic topics that were able to capture the imagination of readers young and old, and has inspired generations of artists and dreamers. He began his legendary career writing for pulp magazines, though he is probably best known for his collections of short stories.

Ray Bradbury has received numerous awards for his writing including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an Emmy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, a National Medal of Arts Award, and he made an impact in space with an asteroid named after him and a crater on the moon named in honor of Dandelion Wine. Bradbury was a prolific writer whose works will continue to inspire and change the way his readers view the world.