Villisca, Iowa: Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum

A still-unknown maniac axed the family in this house in 1911. Visitors can tour it, or sleep over if they're feeling fearless. Now heated!

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Axe Murder House and Museum

Darwin Linn has a museum on the southeast corner of town square and will give tours of the haunted axe murder house.

[Ken, 06/14/2005]

Known as the "Iowa Axe Murders," six members of the J.B. Moore family and two visiting children were chopped up in their beds early on the morning of June 10, 1912. There were suspects, but the murders were never solved. Today, the house is claimed to be haunted -- tours cut short by flying objects, moving furniture, and the ghostly voices of children. The Axe Murder House can be reserved for an overnight stay -- maximum 10 guests, $50/guest, minimum $250. According to the website, "You're on your own until 8:00 a.m the following morning." Call for info.

Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum

508 E. 2nd St., Villisca, IA
Villisca Ax Murder House. I-29 exit 35, then east on US Hwy 34 for 45 miles, then south on US Hwy 71 for three miles. Turn left onto U Ave. The Villisca Ax Murder House is several blocks away, on the northwest corner of 2nd St. and 6th Ave.
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