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 victim’s faces were covered with bedclothes after they were killed.
-The ceiling of the parent’s bedroom and the children’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. 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.