THE VILLISCA AX MURDERS, 1912

THE SHROUDED HOUSE

The residents of Villisca, Iowa thought of their little town as a friendly, neighborly place. This illusion was shattered by a single, terrible event. Life in Villisca would never be the same again.

June 10, 1912, was a quiet Monday morning in the farming town of Villisca, Iowa. Too quiet, in fact. A woman named Mary Peckham was bustling about doing her chores when she noticed an “odd stillness” at about 7:00 a.m. Normally by this time, Mary’s neighbors would be bustling, too. Instead, aside from the impatient mooing of cows waiting to be milked in the field, their house was silent.

The house next door belonged to the Moore family—parents Josiah B. (a businessman known as either J.B. or Joe) and ...

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