Sun Jun 10, 2012, 12:51 PM
Omaha Steve (35,852 posts)
100 years of mystery: The Villisca ax murders (8 dead)
Published Sunday June 10, 2012
By Christopher Burbach and Andrew J. Nelson
One hundred years ago in Villisca, Iowa, a family of six and two little farm girls on a sleepover were bludgeoned to death in their beds. The crime became known by the name of the town that it would forever stain, and by the weapon that the mysterious assailant used to work his evil: The Villisca ax murders.
It was — and remains — Iowa's largest mass murder.
Who killed eight people on that moonless Iowa night? Even now, no one knows.
Part One: The Murders
By Christopher Burbach / WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
VILLISCA, Iowa — On June 10, 1912, neighbors of Josiah and Sarah Moore began to wonder what was wrong next door when the curtains were still closed and nobody was stirring by 7:30 a.m. It was too warm to leave the windows down.
Josiah Moore should have been heading downtown to his hardware and implement store. And Sarah Moore and the children should have been among the other early risers of Villisca, even though they had been up late the night before for a special Sunday children's program at the church.
Something was beyond wrong in the Moore house. Read more/Read less
FULL story and photos at link.
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100 years of mystery: The Villisca ax murders (8 dead) (Original post)
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|Boxcar Willie||Jun 2012||#7|
Response to aquart (Reply #2)
Sun Jun 10, 2012, 02:47 PM
XemaSab (57,432 posts)
4. Plus forensic science was hardly even a thing
and you could show up in a town 30 miles down the road, introduce yourself as Joe Blow, wreak havoc right and left, and then return to your house with no-one the wiser.
Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #5)
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:52 AM
aquart (67,538 posts)
9. Not at all recent. Just no way to gather the evidence or record the pattern.
There was a killer doing in landladies throughout the west. I remember somebody noticed that sufficiently to keep records.
There's an encyclopedia of American crime. Fascinating.
Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)
Sun Jun 10, 2012, 05:04 PM
Boxcar Willie (75 posts)
7. Very interesting
I wasn't aware of this case,
it's on par with what happened at Dyatlov Pass
Response to Boxcar Willie (Reply #7)
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:58 AM
Poll_Blind (23,238 posts)
11. IMO, Dyatlov Pass blows this out of the water but I know what you mean.
I was reading about the Villisca murders just the night before last and...hell, I'm not going to bullshit- I was terrified. But the Dyatlov Pass...I read quite a bit about it over the last year or so (I think I learned about it from a Cracked.com article!)...I just get chills and goosebumps thinking about it.