At first glance Villisca, Iowa seems like any other middle classÂ MidwesternÂ town. Â 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. Â 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. Â On this night, the â€œMurder Houseâ€ as it is known today, witnessed the Villisca Axe Murders, in whichÂ 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 victimâ€™s faces were covered with bedclothes after they were killed.
-The ceiling of the parentâ€™s bedroom and the childrenâ€™s 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. Â 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. Â Some locals believe that the ghostÂ of one or more of the victims of this murder still haunt the house. Â 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. Â There was even a book written by Roy Marshall called, Villisca, which also details the events. Â As the 100 year anniversary has already come and gone, it seems unlikely that this mystery will ever be solved.