Tracy Wilson

Show Notes: The Villisca Ax Murders

Missed In History: The Villisca Ax Murders

Today's story is equal parts terror and tragedy. On the night of June 9, 1912, things seemed normal at the home of the Moore family of Villisca, Iowa. Parents J.B. and Sarah had returned home from Children's Day at their church with their four children and two friends in tow. But when the house seemed unusually still on the morning of June 10, a neighbor raised the alarm, and authorities found everyone in the home murdered by an unknown, ax-wielding assailant.

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Episode link: Villisca Ax Murders

Holly's research:

  • Dash, Mike. "The Ax Murderer Who Got Away." Smithsonian. June 8, 2012.
  • Dorman, Todd. "A Century of Fascination With Villisca Murders." The Gazette. May 2, 2012.
  • Kilen, Mike. "Iowa man continues 57-year quest to solve Villisca ax murders." Des Moines Register. June 9, 2012.
  • Kowalczyk, Nick. "Blood, Gore, Tourism: The Ax Murderer Who Saved a Small Town." Salon. April 29, 2012.
  • "Suspects Arrested." The Evening Standard., June 13, 1912.
  • Villisca Ax Murder House (official website).

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