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Villisca Ax Murder House, Villisca

#472 of 688 in Things to do in Iowa
Mysterious Site · Tourist Spot
Almost 97 years ago, long before serial killers and mass murders had become a way of life, two adults and 6 children were found brutally murdered in their beds in the small mid-western town of Villisca, Iowa. During the weeks that followed, life in this small town changed drastically.

As residents of this small town reinforced locks, openly carried weapons and huddled together while sleeping, newspaper reporters and private detectives flooded the streets. Accusations, rumors and suspicion ran rampant among friends and families. Bloodhounds were brought in. Law enforcement agencies from neighboring counties and states joined forces. Hundreds of interviews filled thousands of pages.

And yet, the murders remained unsolved, the murderer unpunished.
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  • Very interesting for a little old house in Iowa. You can definitely feel something when you walk inside. Experienced the steel door on the old wood stove pop open on it's own, and no, it wasn't rigged. If your in the area stop by and take the tour.
  • Our tour guide Johnny is amazing. He knew all of the history and answered all of our questions! The place is really cool and the day tours are only 10 dollars which is a great price

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