The Villisca Axe Murder House, the Moore family and Stillinger sisters

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Show notes:

  • The Villisca axe murders occurred between the evening of June 9, 1912, and the early morning of June 1, between the hours of 10PM and 5AM, or so it is thought.
  • The six members of the Moore family and two house guests were found bludgeoned in the Moore residence.
  • The Moore family consisted of parents Josiah B. (aged 43), Sarah (née Montgomery) (39), and their four children: Herman Montgomery (11), Mary Katherine (10), Arthur Boyd (7), and Paul Vernon (5). and the house guests were, Ina Mae (8) and Lena Gertrude Stillinger (12).
  • All eight victims, including six children, had severe head wounds from an axe.
  • several suspects came to light, and one was tried twice.
  • The first trial ended in a hung jury and the second ended in an acquittal.
  • the suspects were as follows:
  • Andrew Sawyer
  • Reverend George Kelly
  • Frank F. Jones
  • William Mansfield
  • Henry Lee Moore (no relation)
  • Sam Moyer
  • Paul Mueller
  • The crime remains unsolved.

References:

https://www.villiscaiowa.com/history.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-ax-murderer-who-got-away-117037374/
https://cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=SRPD19130509.2.12&e=-------en--20--1--txt-txIN--------1
http://www.villiscaiowa.com/
https://roadtrippers.com/magazine/villisca-ax-murder-house-iowa/
Photographs and additional reading.
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/picture-gallery/life/2013/12/06/photos-inside-the-villisca-ax-murder-house/3898221/

Resources:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Pages/contact-service.aspx#24-hour
https://www.beyondblue.org.au
https://www.betterhelp.com
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