It was on June 10, 1912, when an obscure butcher crawled into Josiah Moore’s home and slaughtered everybody in it, Josiah, his wife Sarah, and six kids aged 5 to 12. An axe was used for the murder. The killer was never known and the house turned into a wellspring of disgrace for Villisca. Children from surrounding schools would insult Villisca school groups with a serenade of “axe murder town!”
On June 10, 1912, The Children’s Day Program at the Presbyterian Church was a yearly occasion and started at roughly 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evening June ninth. As indicated by witnesses, Sarah Moore composed the activities. The greater part of the Moore kids and the Stillinger young ladies took an interest. Josiah Moore sat in the assemblage. The program finished at 9:30 pm and the Moore family, alongside the Stillinger sisters, strolled home from the congregation. They entered their home at some point around of 9:45 and 10:00 p.m.
The next morning, at around 5:00 a.m., Mary Peckham, the Moore’s immediate neighbor ventured into her yard to hang her clothing. At roughly 7:00 am. She noticed that the house seemed abnormally silent and the family members had not begun their chores. Between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m., Mary Peckham moved towards the house and knocked the front door. When she got no reaction, she decided to open the door to discover unfortunately it was locked from inside. In an attempt to find out what was happening inside Moore’s house, Mary rang Josiah’s sibling, Ross Moore, this was the beginning of one of the most interesting investigation into a murder story.
In view of the testimonies of Mary Peckham and the individuals who saw the Moore’s at the Children’s Day Exercise, it is said that at some point between midnight and 5:00 a.m., an obscure killer entered the home of J.B. Moore and mercilessly killed all the family members with an axe.
A few people were termed suspects after the who tragedy happened by the police carrying out the investigation among were Henry Moore (no family relation), Andy Sawyer, Reverend George Kelly, William Mansfield and Frank F. Jones
As per its residents, Villisca maintained the house (contrary to individuals in other Iowa towns). It went through a series of proprietors and tenants until the mid-1990s, when chicken and pigs were its exclusive inhabitants. The neighbors needed it brought down as a sign of blemish. That is when Darwin and Martha Linn of Corning stepped in and bought the house.
A few people believe nothing related to magic or mystery ever happens in this while a few other have strong believe that this particular house is actually haunted, this decision is up to you, however stories are told by people who have been there. Sounds of children playing hear voices, they get pictures of anomalies and things moving around have been said by a few people who have been there!
Darwin tidied up the house and took it back to the original form it was in 1912. He took out the plumbing, the power, and brought back the chicken coop, the barn, and the outhouse. He purchased furniture common of that time, and set them in the correct spots where the first decorations had been on the night of the killings. He hung a calendar with June 1912 date opened in the kitchen, and photographs of the family in the parlor. He added an inclined stairway outside to make the primary floor accessible by wheelchairs.
The house is small and outdated by today’s Mc Mansion standards. “The Blue Room” on the ground floor is the place two of the kids were killed; the upstairs rooms are the place every other person was executed.