The Villisca Axe Murder House is the site of one of the most gruesome crimes of its time. On June 10th 1912, eight people, two adults and six children, were bludgeoned to death by an ax in the hands of a mysterious murderer. There were a few suspects but no one was ever convicted for these murders.

Earlier that night, Josiah Moore, his wife, their four children and two neighbor girls arrived to their house after attending a church event that evening. It wasn’t until the next morning when a neighbor of the Moore family, noticing the family was not outside performing their normal daily chores, believed something might be wrong. After knocking on the door with no response, the neighbor contacted a relative of the Moore family who arrived shortly with a key to the home.

Upon entry of the home, the Moore family including the two neighbor girls was found dead in their beds. Mirrors and windows were cover with clothes and bed sheets. Several people from the Villisca community had made their way through the house and the crime scene prior to the police showing up to rope it off. This was the beginning of much speculation about who had murdered the Moore family that is still a mystery to this day.

The Villisca Axe Murder House has had several occupants over the years until 1994 when the Linn family took over the home. With the help of old photographs, the Linn family began restoring the home back to its original 1912 state. The home is no open for tours and overnight paranormal investigations.


There are numerous claims of activity from several groups over the years. PIM decided to focus on a few of them.

  • A clothing iron in the kitchen moved from on top of a stove to the middle of the floor
  • Voices have been captured on audio recorders
  • A closet door on the second floor was seen moving on its own
  • A ball has been seen moving on its own
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