True Ghost Stories

The Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa

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After last week’s true ghost story, about a Blackpool hotel, I was contacted by an American friend who asked me if I was familiar with The Villisca Axe Murder House. This was a new one to me but it appears, on June 10, 1912, Josiah and Sarah Moore were bludgeoned to death inside their home in Villisca, Iowa. Josiah and Sarah’s four children, as well as two friends who were spending the night, were also killed. The crime remains a mystery to this day.

And, possibly as a result of this ghoulish history, the Villisca House is considered one of the most haunted houses in the USA. Apparently guests are drawn to the house and some thrill-seekers have paid more than $400 to stay for one night.

“Tours have been cut short by children’s voices, falling lamps, moving ladders, and flying objects,” says the Villisca Axe Murder House website. And, in 2014, a paranormal investigator stabbed himself after spending the night. “Skeptics have left believers,” adds the website.

My friend said he’s not yet had a chance to visit the Villisca House, but it’s a trip he will be taking soon. When that does happen, I’ll happily share the pictures here.

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