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Ax Murderer Strikes Again Killing 8 In Iowa

There have been a series of ax murders taking place across the mid-western US in the last nine months. That last one took place 5 days ago.

http://100yearsagotoday.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/family-killer-strikes-again-in-kansas/

On June 10, 1912 at 5:00am Mary Peckham of Villisca, Iowa went to hang laundry in her yard. By the time she was done, she had noticed her neighbors, Josiah and Sarah Moore had not only failed to come out to start their chores but the house was unusually quiet for a household with 4 children. At 7:00am she knocked on the door and got no response. When she tried the door, it was locked from the inside. She called Josiah’s brother who after failing to get an answer from inside the house, used his keys to enter. He saw nothing in the parlor but once he entered the bedroom, he saw 2 bodies on the bed and blood. He told Mrs. Peckham to call the sheriff and went on to discover 2 more bodies in a downstairs room, Lena and Ina Stillinger, children who were house guests of the Moore’s. The rest of the Moore family was found dead upstairs when the city marshal arrived. All 8 people had been brutally murdered with their skulls crushed as they slept. The victims were the Stllinger sisters, age 8 and 12, the Moores and their children – Herman 11, Katherine 9, Boyd 7 and Paul 5. An ax was left at the crime scene.

The night before had been the annual Children’s Day Program at the Presbyterian Church which began at 8:00pm. Sarah Moore, her 4 children and the Stillinger girls all participated while Josiah Moore sat in the audience. The program ended at 9:30pm. The Moore family and the Stillinger sisters walked home from the church. They entered their home sometime between 9:45 and 10:00pm.

The windows that had curtains had them drawn, all windows were covered with clothing belonging to the Moores. As in previous murders, the victims faces were covered with clothing after they had been killed. Kerosene lamps with their glass chimneys removed were found at the foot of the bed of the elder Moores and the Stillinger sisters. No photos of the crime scene has been taken, no fingerprints searched for as this is a new technique used sparsely in big cities. Investigating officials have no real leads in the case.

The official website of the Villisca Murder House :http://www.villiscaiowa.com/index.php

The Moore House – murder scene in Villisca, Iowa
June 10, 1912

Josiah (left), Katherine, Herman, and Sara Moore

Family Killer Strikes Again In Kansas

The fall of 1911 had seen a spectacular series of gruesome murders in the Midwest. With chilling regularity families were slaughtered in their beds without apparent reason. In September1911 2 families who lived next to each other in Colorado Springs, Colorado were killed with an axe as they slept. 2 weeks later in Monmouth, Illinois, William Dawson, his wife, and 13 year-old daughter were also killed. In all the cases, the shades had drawn and bodies covered.

In October 1911 another mass killing took place in Ellesworth, Kansas :

http://100yearsagotoday.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/the-showman-family-massacre/

On June 5, 1912 another murder took place in Paola, Kansas. Rolland and Anna Hudson, a young couple were found murdered in their beds. No weapon have been found. As before the victims had been covered and no obvious motive was apparent.

The Paola, Kansas murder house – June 1912

Photo courtesy of The 1912 Villisca Axe Murders Blog – America’s Greatest Unsolved Mystery Revealed
http://docublogger.typepad.com/villiscamystery/2011/06/june-5-1912-paola-kansas-murders.html

Axe Murderer Strikes Killing 8 In Iowa

There have been a series of axe murders taking place across the mid-western US in the last nine months. That last one took place 5 days ago.

 

On June 10, 1912 at 5:00am Mary Peckham of Villisca, Iowa went to hang laundry in her yard. By the time she was done, she had noticed her neighbors, Josiah and Sarah Moore had not only failed to come out to start their chores but the house was unusually quiet for a household with 4 children. At 7:00am she knocked on the door and got no response. When she tried the door, it was locked from the inside. She called Josiah’s brother who after failing to get an answer from inside the house, used his keys to enter. He saw nothing in the parlor but once he entered the bedroom, he saw 2 bodies on the bed and blood. He told Mrs. Peckham to call the sheriff and went on to discover 2 more bodies in a downstairs room, Lena and Ina Stillinger, children who were house guests of the Moore’s. The rest of the Moore family was found dead upstairs when the city marshal arrived. All 8 people had been brutally murdered with their skulls crushed as they slept. The victims were the Stllinger sisters, age 8 and 12, the Moores and their children – Herman 11, Katherine 9, Boyd 7 and Paul 5. An axe was left at the crime scene.

The night before had been the annual Children’s Day Program at the Presbyterian Church which began at 8:00pm. Sarah Moore, her 4 children and the Stillinger girls all participated while Josiah Moore sat in the audience. The program ended at 9:30pm. The Moore family and the Stillinger sisters walked home from the church. They entered their home sometime between 9:45 and 10:00pm.

The windows that had curtains had them drawn, all windows were covered with clothing belonging to the Moores. As in previous murders, the victims faces were covered with clothing after they had been killed. Kerosene lamps with their glass chimneys removed were found at the foot of the bed of the elder Moores and the Stillinger sisters. No photos of the crime scene has been taken, no fingerprints searched for as this is a new technique used sparsely in big cities. Investigating officials have no real leads in the case.

The official website of the Villisca Murder House :http://www.villiscaiowa.com/index.php

The Moore House – murder scene in Villisca, Iowa
June 10, 1912

Josiah (left), Katherine, Herman, and Sara Moore

The Showman Family Massacre

On October 15, 1911 Mrs. O W Snook of Ellesworth, Kansas failed to get an answer to her repeated calls to the Showman family over the telephone. She went over to their house, a distance of about two blocks, and finding the door open, walked in and was horrified at the sight of Mr. and Mrs. Showman and their little baby, their son 2 and older daughter 4, all with their heads terribly crushed and mangled beyond recognition. Mrs. Snook rushed terror stricken from the house and telephoned to a brother of the murdered man, John Showman, who in turn notified the sheriff. Bloodhounds were taken to the scene of the crime and took the scent from a cloth upon which the murderer had wiped his hands. The dogs took a trail and followed it to where the Union Pacific and Frisco tracks intersect. It is thought that the murderer may have walked to the crossing and there boarded either a Frisco or Union Pacific train.

A strong suspect is Charles Marzyck, a brother-in-law of Mrs. Showman. Marzyck was sent to the penitentiary from Ellsworth in January, 1906, for having stolen some wheat. Marzyck was released from the penitentiary in April, 1910. At the time there was some trouble between Marzyck and his wife, a sister to Mrs. Showman. She obtained a divorce while Marzyck was serving his sentence, and then married James Vopat. Marshal Merritt, who was a witness against Marzyck in the trial of 1906 states that some one tried to enter his home Sunday evening. He was sitting in his home reading a paper when he heard some one try the back door. He thought nothing of it, but as the noise continued, he arose and went to the door, but could see nothing. The next morning and investigation showed that a screen had been removed from one of the windows on the Merritt home.

Marzyck has yet to be apprehended and there is no real evidence against him. Many wonder if this case will ever be solved.

Article from the Ellesworth Reporter October 26, 1911 : http://www.millersparanormalresearch.com/Pages/Ellsworth_Reporter_10-26-1911.htm

The murdered Showman children – Lester, Fenton and Fern

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