Since the first time I heard about the tragic and horrible axe murders of 8 people inside their locked, Iowa home, it’s fascinated me. I mean, their house was locked! If you have a bit of a morbid streak (or just enjoy trying to solve old, basically unsolvable crimes) make sure and click on the link to the website at the end of this post, where you can find a full rundown of events and suspects.

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

The next morning, the neighbors found all eight of them had been 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 must have 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 was never solved. The house is supposedly haunted by both the family and the axe murderer – and you can even stay overnight…if you dare.

Full case details are here.