Villisca Axe Murder House
June 25, 2011
A Brief History
On June 10 1912, sometime after midnight an unknown assailant entered the home J.B. Moore and murdered him, his wife, their 4 children and 2 of the children's
friends that were spending the night, with an axe. The next morning a neighbour noticed that no one in the house had stirred yet and contacted a family member of the
Moore's. It was then discovered what had happened. The culprit was never caught. There were suspects, but no one was ever convicted. This crime made the news
nationwide, it even knocked the Titanic of the front page most newspapers.
In 1994 Darwin and Martha Linn acquired the house. They then returned the house to the conditions at the time of the murders in 1912. It was them placed on the National Registrar of
Historic Places and opened for tours. Now it can be rented out for the night to those brave enough to spend the night.
For more information you can visit the official website for the Villisca Axe Murder House
or just do a search in your favorite search engine. Even if you don't believe in this stuff,
the case of the 1912 Villisca murders is interesting and strange enough to merit more investigation by itself.
Big D, Fat Eddie, Flunky
Canon EOS digital camera, Kodak C433 digital camera, digital audio recorder, JVC Mini DV model GR-D244U
This opportunity was hosted by Steve from the Iowa Paranormal Society.
There were a total of 10 people present that night. Steve from the Iowa Paranormal Society,
Ed, Dan, me and 6 other people. We started by taking a tour of the museum in downtown Villisca. Afterwards the group went to the diner as a way to get
acquainted with each other. Then they took us grave yard where the victims were laid to rest. The day light portion ended with a tour of the house itself.
We started the investigation by breaking off into groups to explore the house and start gathering data. While the house is quite small,
it is a 2 story structure with an attic over the living room area, it is laid out in such a way as it is possible for 3 or 4 teams to roam
around without completely walking over each other. At one point I spent about a half hour in the attic area above the living room where reports of odd happenings
have been noted, while Ed and Dan investigate other areas of the house.
The G.P.R.G. team was able to gather some interesting things at this time.
After a couple hours of this we took turns going through the house one at a time. Team member Fat Eddie was the first to go.
This is when we collected the most interesting data of the night. Fat Eddie had quite the experience with a disembodied voice.
While most our video is grainy due to our video cameras not being for true 0 lux capability, the audio is of good quality.