Haunted Places in Iowa

Villisca axe murder home

Unearthing the Villisca Axe Murders

The brutal Villisca Axe Murders took place in the small town of Villisca on June 9, 1912 when Josiah Moore, Sarah Moore, their four children and two children from the Stillinger family were found axed to death. The bodies of the eight victims were discovered on the morning of June 10 by Josiah’s brother Joe after he was alerted to the Moore family’s inactivity.