Nov 11, 2014 I Paul Seaburn

Cursed Axe Murder House Tries to Claim Another Victim

On June 10, 1912, in Villisca, Iowa, six members of the family of Josiah Moore and two people staying with them overnight were bludgeoned to death with an axe. The murders were never solved and many believe the house is haunted by some or all of the victims. On November 7, 2014, the Villisca House nearly claimed another life.

According to the Villisca Axe Murder House website, the house has been preserved and for 20 years has been available for both day and night tours. It can also be rented for a night. Many visitors claim to have heard children’s voices and seen paranormal activities such as falling lamps and flying objects. Psychics allegedly have spoken to spirits there and paranormal investigators have recorded audio, video and photographic evidence of ghosts. One of those investigators may have had the ghosts or the house turn on him.

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The Villisca Axe Murder Victims

Robert Laursen, Jr., of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, was conducting a paranormal investigation at the Villisca on November 7. He was alone in a room in the house, which has no electricity or running water, when he began screaming for help. Other investigators found him suffering from multiple self-inflicted stab wounds. Montgomery County police and paramedics determined he was in critical condition and took him to a hospital in Clarinda, which flew him by air ambulance to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha.

Did the house or its paranormal residents have anything to do with Laursen’s stabbing? While there was no evidence of foul play, Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson had this to say:

I don’t believe it’s an accident. Why he did it, we have no idea.

According to the current owner of the house, other than the original axe murders, this is the first incident of this kind to occur there.

Did Laursen incite the wrath of the house or its victims? Did he discover something that might have caused the spirit of the still unknown murderer to try and stop him? Will this increase tourism at the house? Only time will tell.

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Paul Seaburn
Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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