Tuesday, June 07, 2005

1912 Villisca,Iowa Axe Murders, Coroners Inquest

This isn't going to be like most of my past post. When I answered question #3 in yesterdays post, Tag, Your It I said that I would explain why I read, "1912 Villisca, Iowa Axe Murders, Coroners Inquest" at some time in the future. Well the anniversary of the Villisca, Iowa axe murders is just a few days off so I guess this would be a good time to do that. My Grand Mother passed away when my Mother was fairly young. From what I understand her Father didn't think a man should raise girls without the help of a woman in the house so he turned to family friends to raise his four Daughters, his two son's stayed with him. He didn't abandon the girls he went to visit as often as he could. My Mother went to live with Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Moore. I grew up calling them Grandpa and Grandma, they were the only Grand Parents I ever got to know, the others on both sides of the family passed away when I was very young. So, what does this have to do with me reading a coroners inquest?

On the evening of June 9, 1912 (Before my Mother went to live in the Moore home) the six members of the Josiah Moore (Brother to C. A. Moore) family and two young visiting guest, Lena and Ina Stillinger went to the Josiah Moore home after church. The next morning all eight of them were found dead. All eight of them were murdered with an axe. The case is Iowa's worst mass homicide and it is still unsolved. Since my Mother spent part of her time growing up in the home of C. A. Moore I feel like six of the victims are family, that's why I took an interest in the murders. If you would like to read about it go to, www.villisca.com , click on, "Villisca Living with a mystery" that will take you to several more links, I think "The Mystery" is a good one to start with. There is a lot of interesting reading here if you are into reading unsolved murder stories. The home the murders took place in is now a museum, if your ever around Villisca, Iowa I'd like to suggest you check it out.

My last two post have been a lot of fun. I'll be back to my normal self by the next one.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic


Blogger Chris Woods said...

I remember hearing about this a year or two ago because they made a PBS movie or something about the murders. It's such a gruesome mystery. A couple of friends and I had thought about just roadtripping across the midwest this summer, so that might have to be one of our stops.

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Blogger Whymrhymer said...

Fascinating story.

You sure do have some interesting history between the Ruby Ridge connection and Villisca, Iowa.

Thanks for the info -- sounds like an interesting read!

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Blogger David Schantz said...

Randy Weaver (Ruby Ridge) and I both lived on farms in the Villisca area when we were young.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

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Blogger John said...

Very interesting story.

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Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

This sort of thing is very interesting though sort of creepy. I have a similar thought only slightly case in my own life. Back in high school, there was a kid that lived out in the country a mile from my house and a half mile from my friend's house. Well, one day this kid needed a ride home from school so my friend gave it to him. He seemed normal enough except that he was fanatic and even sometimes violent about his duties as the school's student librarian. Anyhow, a month or so after my friend helped this kid out, we heard on the news that the kid had been arrested on murder charges for the deaths of his mom and sister at the very house near our own. Scary and more than a little creepy. Good post!

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Blogger clewtime said...

I just found your interesting blog. What an eerie connection you have to this fascinating history! I saw the documentary "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" and was riveted by the story. It was very compelling, and because I love TRUE CRIME, I had to see the house. I highly recommend visiting it. It puts the whole event into perspective. The owners did a great job of renovating it, and turning it back to 1912. I'm not a believer in ghosts, and there is a contingent of visitors that go there for that purpose. But touring the crime scene was well-worth the visit, and especially compelling after seeing the documentary. Besides, the town is lovely. It has a "stopped-in time quality" to quote a lady from the film.

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