||JB Moore home(AKA Axe Murder House)
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House / Private Residence (Haunted)
||4 years ago
On June 10th, 1912, The Moore family returned from church to a quiet home. Their four children were tired, as were their two friends, the Stillinger girls. The entire family got in their beds, never suspecting that it would be for the last time. At approximately 2 a.m., as the train roared through town blowing its whistle, the Moores and Stillingers were brutally murdered by an unidentified assailant. The killer's weapon? An Axe, which was left behind in the downstairs sewing room. The bodies were not discovered until after 10 a.m., by which time the killer was long gone. However, he took the time to fix himself breakfast before his departure. The bodies were found covered with clothing, the mirrors had been covered, and kerosene lamps without the glass were found at the foot of each bed. The Stillinger girls, the last of the victims and also the most brutalized, were identified only by their names on their personal bibles. His identity is unknown to this day. There were several other murders that occurred througout the plains states within a 5 year time frame of the Villisca Axe murder, and some people theorize that the same individual is responsible for all of them. There are still other theories that a senator that felt Mr. Moore was a threat paid someone to do it. And yet another theory is that the priest that was at the church event the day prior was responsible. He was known to be a peeping tom, and a peculiar individual to say the least. He confessed to the murders, but later recanted and was found not guilty at trial.
Whatever the case may be, Villisca's Axe Murder house is considered one of the most active hauntings in the United States. It has been reported that there is not only a residual haunting occurring, but an intelligent haunting as well. Tours and overnights are available for a nominal fee. Judge for yourself how haunted it is, and wait for the train whistle to blow in the night. Word has it that the residual haunting is triggered by that lonesome whistle blowing in the middle of the night.
Visit http://www.villiscaiowa.com/ for more details. Also, check out the pages of paranormal investigators from the midwest, or check YouTube for The Scariest Places on Earth's Villisca episode. I hope to visit this location for an overnight sometime soon, and will post photos then.
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