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Villisca Axe Murders June 9, 1912 Villisca, IA *Murders still unsolved*



Joseph Moore, 43 years old
Sarah Montgomery-Moore, 39 years old
Herman Moore, 11 years old
Katherine Moore, 9 years old
Boyd Moore, 7 years old
Paul Moore, 6 years old
Miss Lena Stillinger, 12 years old
Miss Ina Stillinger, 8 years old.

508 E. 2nd St.

The Villisca Axe Murders
Iowa Cold Cases: The Villisca Axe Murders
Villisca movie
” Villisca 1912: A Gothic Tale of Murder “
Villisca Axe Murder House History
The 1912 Villisca Axe Murders Blog
Villisca Axe Murders, 1912
Wikipedia: Villisca Axe Murders

On the Road to Villisca: The hunt for the Midwest Axemen
Morning Ran Red (fictionalized)

The Axe Murders of Villisca
Villisca: Living with a Mystery
Haunting Villisca

Reverend George Kelly [tried twice, first – hung jury, second – found not guilty]
Frank F. Jones
William Mansfield
Henry Lee Moore


17 Responses

  1. Also to be mentioned here is an excellent documentary about the 1912 Villisca, Iowa axe murder case called “Villisca: Living with a Mystery”. It was captivating and is what got me hooked on the story. The film not only focuses on the murders of the six-member Moore family and their two visiting guests, Lena and Ina Stillinger, but also on the impact of the murders on the small town where they had lived. Robert K. Ressler provides a riveting profile of the likely killer of this nearly 100-year-old usolved murder. The filmmakers managed to interview people who were actually alive at the time the murders occurred. The murder house is open for tours (I think mostly “ghost-hunters” visit, as the website seems to focus mostly on drawing in believers of haunted houses–sadly, much like the Lizzie Borden B&B). The movie points out that what is really haunting Villisca is this tragedy, and how the town still has to deal with curious tourists, and I’m sure have to cope with whether it is appropriate to turn a crime scene where 8 people lost their lives, into a money-making “haunted house”–$275 to stay the night there. The movie website is pretty in-depth,

  2. this is sooooo sad i cried when I heard about this =(

  3. This is really gay and i know most of the evp is fake.

  4. I am trying to research a killing that occurred in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1912. The slain man, Richard Burrows, was killed by his wife and another man, John Cobourne, as Mr Burrows tried to kill his wife. Any information you might give or have is much appreciated. Thank you Tammy

  5. A horrifying ,but fascinating, unsolved crime. The haunting of the murder scene is also very interesting.

  6. I think this is fascinating! I’m looking forward to coming to do a overnight stay. Maybe we can find out who really was the murderer! Its very sad what happened here so long ago but, maybe the family wants to be heard so they can move on!
    we shall find out soon!

  7. wow!! i just seen this story on the travel channel.. im always very interested in hauntings.. and this one got my eye..i was crying when they were telling the story..i cant beleave how something like this can happen.. and how can someone do such a thing!! it also shows how hard it was back then to charge someone for murder… i looked it up right after the show and look at all the info it had on the murder.. its crazy !! and so sad!! this is one of the worst storys that i ahve ever heard..

  8. The Stillinger girls who were killed at the Moore house in 1912 were actually Lena Gertrude age 12 and Ina May age 8.

  9. ..when i saw this kind of incident in television,particularly in Foxcrime,i was a bit scared yet I got interested about what really happened to the certain family who were murdered then. It was really a sad story!! I can’t believe someone can actually do such thing as this! After i watched the story ’bout them, i got interested on what really happen and research for it in the internet…it is,indeed, the worst story i ever heard or watched!!

  10. i am from east liverpool but never heard of this case. if u can find how to contact joan witt, she is a historian and knows all about elo. last i knew she was still a guidance counselor at westgate school.

  11. who ever posted this about the villisca axe murders you dont no what your talking bout all this posted is 50 percent wrong

  12. unfortunately forensic evidence was not as it is today what a horrible tragic shame whomever are responsible shall dance w the devil

  13. I have every reasom to beleve that Henry Lee Moore was the Murderer because he had committed murders before in the same fashion and just by looking in his eyes in his photograph he just looks too evil

  14. I recently found a newspaper from the 1917 Des Moines Register and Tribune with the headline “Kelly Confesses Ax Murders.” The newspaper is in poor condition, but we could still get the gist of the story. That’s what made me google Villisca Ax Murders. I found it fascinating.

  15. I believe the above listing of victims of the Villisca murders in 1912 is incorrect in that it lists among them “Miss Edith Spillinger, 20 years old” and “Miss Blanche Spillinger, 18 years old.”

    It was two of the younger Spillinger sisters who were, in fact, murdered with the members of the Moore family, and not those sisters who are listed above. The Spillinger sisters murdered were Lena, then 12-years-old, and Ina, then 8-years-old.

    I hope the above can be confirmed and corrected in the interest of having this tragic but historical event recorded correctly.

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