Above: Haunting Villisca trailer

Kimberly Busbee Against the disturbing backdrop of the Villisca Axe Murders, screenwriters James Serpento and Kimberly Busbee weave the fictional story of David Salt, a college professor with a guilty secret who is drawn to the fabled Villisca Axe Murder House. Horror presses in on David, forging his strange connection to the house as he begins to get glimpses of the past and of the bloody crime. Driven to help the tortured souls and to seek his own redemption, David faces his guilt in a climactic struggle with the evil harbored in the small, white house.

Mrs. Stillinger (Gina Gedler) Found dead in their beds were the J. B. Moore family - Josiah and Sara Moore and their 4 children; Herman, Paul, Boyd and Katherine - and two young overnight guests, Ina and Lena Stillinger. After 2 trials and a Grand Jury investigation, the gruesome crime was never solved. The wide net of suspicion involved political intrigue implicating Villisca millionaire politician and religious pillar of the community, F.F. Jones, in a bitter business and personal rivalry with his former employee, J. B. Moore. The plot was rumored to have included hired killers and a sex scandal. One of the more bizarre aspects of the case was a recanted confession from a perverted, traveling British preacher, the Reverend L.G. Jacklin Kelly who was later institutionalized for mental problems. The tragedy made international headlines and culminated in the fruitless trials which plunged the horrific incident into the jaws of mystery.

J. B. Moore Home (The Villisca Axe Murder House) Shot on location in the actual J.B. Moore Home (The Villisca Axe Murder House.) Now owned by Darwin and Martha Linn, the house is award-winning for historic restoration. Other locations include the Olson-Linn Museum and the beautiful, historic Montgomery County Courthouse in Red Oak where the two trials took place.



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