Villisca Axe Murder House
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The Axe Murder House
Villisca, Iowa

J.B. Moore, his family, and two guests, were murdered in this home by an intruder on June 12, 1912. The case was never solved, but suspects at the time included a traveling preacher and then-U.S. Senator Frank F. Jones. Jones was a business partner of Moore's, and the two had bitterly parted ways in the weeks before the murder. The landmark Villisca Axe Murder House now operates as a museum—a fate not uncommon to murder houses.
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