Would You Spend the Night at the Villisca Axe Murder House?

by Anthony Losanno
Historic Villisca Axe Murder House

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I love a good scare and make it a point to hit a haunted house every spooky season. But, those are seasonal attractions and not the real deal. US Ghost Adventures offers authentic ghost tours and overnight stays in some of the most haunted cities and houses in the US. Now, the tour provider is under contract to buy the infamous Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, IA.

US Ghost Adventures owns some of the most haunted properties in the US, including The Lizzie Borden House and Brickhouse Inn in Gettysburg, PA. It offers tours and overnight stays for those who dare.

The Villisca Axe Murders remain unsolved. Eight unsuspecting victims, including six children, were bludgeoned to death as they slept in the house. A nationwide manhunt ensued, there were multiple suspects and trials, but the murderer was never brought to justice.

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The house opened to the public after being painstakingly restored over 25 years ago. Guests have reported unexplained experiences including the sounds of footsteps, children’s voices, and moving objects. Researchers have documented a range of phenomena including electronic voices, ghostly images, and physical encounters that they could not explain.

Johnny Houser, General Manager of the Villisca Axe Murder House (for the past 20 years), said:

The house seems to haunt itself, as its own entity. From my own experiences to what guests have shared, it takes a personal approach to its mental manipulation and mirrors back to guests the inner workings of their own personal lives. It’s unsettling what it has revealed to people and if the victims are haunting the house, there is something much darker over it.”

Overnight stays and house tours are now available for 2024. Self-guided tours using a mobile app will be available as well.

Anthony’s Take: This looks like a lot of fun and super creepy. I’d spend the night here and would be on the lookout for the supernatural.

(Image Credits: US Ghost Adventures.)

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