Exploring one of history’s most baffling murder mysteries.
The Villisca Ax Murders Mystery
This episode starts with a brutal axe murder that scandalized the quiet town of Villisca, about 2,000 souls in the summer of 1912, when a family of six and two young visitors were killed in their beds by an assailant wielding a long-handled axe, the family’s own tool, which was left at the scene.
Clues were scant, and it took years for the twists and subplots to emerge, including a string of similar murders, implications that it was a job for hire by a business rival, and a bizarre confession by an itinerant minister five years later.
And for some reason, there seems to be a lot of fortunetellers and clairvoyants in this narrative.
Musical direction by Dave Sams
Horror ambiance by the Klankbeeld team via freesound.org