#HauntingHistoryPodcast,  Haunted Houses

Villisca Ax Murders

Sometime after midnight on June 10th 1912, 106 years ago, an unknown person or persons entered the home of  the Moore family home located at 508 e. 2nd Street in Villisca, Iowa and violently ended the lives of 8 people,   Josieh Moore 43, his wife Sarah Moore 39, and their children Herman 11, Katherine 10, Boyd 7, Paul 5 and two neighbor children Lena Stillinger 12 and her sister Ina only 8. The murders soon became known as the Villisca Ax Murders and started what would become the most notorious murders in Iowa history and remains unsolved to this day.

“Villisca Ax Murder House”

Moore Family and the two Stillinger girls

Rev. Kelly

Rev Kelly and his wife


For further reading https://www.amazon.com/Murdered-Their-Beds-Troy-Taylor/dp/1892523787



  • Marti Melville

    Loved this episode (it makes me want to write a book!). I did some research into the religious meaning behind bacon and keys. Look what I found:

    • Bacon was once forbidden by some Christian zealots: “The pig is also unclean; although it has a split hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses.” – Deuteronomy 14:8 (NIV)

    • Keys lying next to (food) represent the corruption of the soul and/or lustful thoughts: “Key near a bowl of fruit or cup symbolizes corruption of the soul or a tendency towards lustful thoughts. If the key is depicted next to a bowl of apples/pomegranates or a single apple this is representative of the fall of man…”

    • Keys on the floor symbolize “…those who have surrendered to the fatal sin of greed and corruption.”


    Add everything you presented about the case, I’m betting it was the pathological, Christian zealot crazy-ass Reverend George Kelly.

    • hauntinghistorypodcast

      Marti-OMG!! Well that just makes me think Rev Kelly even more!I didn’t even think to look at the religious meaning of those things!! Thank you so much for commenting!!!!

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