The Villisca Axe Murder House - Iowa  1-18-2013


  • After a couple hours’ drive from our hotel, we poured out of our vehicles and found our location at the edge of a small town. We began with a tour of the place, hosted by Johnny Houser, and captured an anomaly with our first photograph. We began to get excited, even though we all felt a little uncomfortable just being in the house. Images from our own re-creations of the horrific murders flashed through our minds.

    We had hoped the unusually warm January weather would last, but as night fell, the temperature dropped. So we dressed warmly for the hunt and set up camp in the barn behind the house.

    Once inside the house, we discovered that the feeling of being watched was very strong in certain areas, the blue room especially. As our investigation progressed, the history of the house became very real to us. Groups went in three at a time and everyone approached our EVP sessions with a somber tone.

    The hours passed like minutes, even though there were long stretches of time with low levels of activity. Then, suddenly, an event would occur that made it very obvious that something was aware of our presence. We ended the ghost hunt around 6 am, recording our experiences in the journal stored in the barn.

    We highly recommend a night at the Villisca Axe Murder House. You will not be disappointed.
  • June 10, 1912 Villisca, Iowa On a quiet residential street in this small town sits an old white frame house. On a dark evening, the absence of lights and sounds are the first indication to visitors that this house is different from the other homes that surround it.

    Upon closer inspection, you'll notice it's doors and windows are tightly closed and covered. An outhouse in the backyard suggests that this house does not occupy a place in the 21st century but somehow belongs in another era or another story.

    A weather-beaten sign hanging from the decrepit front porch warns rather than welcomes.

    It is the "Murder House" The walls still protect the identity of the murderer or murderers who bludgeoned to death the entire family of Josiah Moore and two overnight guests on June 10,1912. Almost 97 years later, her secret continues to draw many visitors to her door.

    To some, it seems to be speaking. Visits by paranormal investigators have provided audio, video and photographic proof of paranormal activity. Tours have been cut short by children's voices, falling lamps, moving ladders and flying objects. Psychics have confirmed the presence of spirits dwelling in the home and many have actually communicated with them, and skeptics have left believers.

    - Excerpt from Villisca Iowa