The Villisca Axe Murders

Photo Credit:

On the night of June 10, 1912, in the quiet town of Villisca, Iowa, the Moore family returned from a night at church. The two parents and their four children, plus two girls from a neighboring family who were sleeping over, settled down to sleep.

The next morning, the neighbors found all eight of them hacked to death with an axe.

There was no sign of forced entry, and only one child was found out of bed. It’s believed that the murderer had climbed into the attic while they were at church and waited for everyone to fall asleep before coming downstairs to commit the crime. One of the only clues was a pile of cigarette butts in the attic.

Though there have been several suspects over the years – a bitter business partner, a suspected lover, a traveling preacher (who confessed but didn’t know any details of the crime scene), and more than one drifter – the case has never been solved. The house is supposedly haunted by both the family and the man who committed the crimes – and you can even stay overnight. If you dare.

Full case details are here.