Villisca Ax Murder House – Now With Overnight Accommodation!
In the early hours of June 10th, 1912, the small town of Villisca, Iowa experienced an event that would re-shape it forever. During the night, the Moore family and two other guests where brutally killed in their sleep by an ax welding murderer. The family and victims were:
Josiah B. Moore (Age 49) Father
Sarah [née Montgomery] Moore (Age 39) Mother
Herman Montgomery Moore (Age 11) Child
Mary Katherine Moore (Age 10) Child
Arthur Boyd Moore (Age 7) Child
Paul Vernon Moore (Age 5) Child
Ina Mae Stillinger (Age 8) Child Guest
Lena Gertrude Stillinger (Age 12) Child Guest
The bodies were discovered the next morning when Ross, the brother of Josiah, was called to the house after a neighbor reported the family had not come out to do their morning chores. Upon using his key and entering his brother’s home, he discovered the bodies.
Moore immediately requested the neighbor call Hank Horton, who was Villisca’s primary peace officer. Horton’s search of the house revealed that the entire Moore family and the two Stillinger girls had been bludgeoned to death with an ax that had belonged to Josiah Moore, which was found in the guest room where the sisters were staying.
Investigators say the murderer(s) began with Josiah and Sarah Moore. Josiah received more blows from the ax than any of the other victims; his face had been attacked so much that his eyes were missing. The murderer(s) then proceeded to the children’s rooms and bludgeoned Boyd, Katherine, Herman, and Paul in the same manner as their parents. After killing the four Moore children, they returned to the master bedroom to deliver more blows to the parents, during which they knocked over a shoe that had filled with blood. Afterward, they moved downstairs to the guest bedroom and killed the Stillinger sisters.
The small town was divided, and to a certain extent, still is. But, given that the crime occurred over a century ago, the true identity(ies) of The Villisca Ax Murderer(s) will likely remain a mystery forever.
The house is said to be haunted with the ghosts of the eight victims and visitors have reported seeing figures, experiencing cold spots and other supernatural phenomena. One returning visitor even calls the names of the victims and asked them to turn off their flashlight, to which the spirits cooperate.
Want to visit the house? How about if you could spend the night?
Visit the official site for the Villisca Ax Murder House tours
Martha Linn runs everything from daylight tours to overnight accommodation in the property for people looking to explore the history of this dreadful crime after dark. Would you spend a night in this haunted house where the lives of the Moore family and their guests were taken or are you already booking a tour and making travel plans? Let us know if you’re up for the adventure in the comments below…
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