When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.

8/28/10

VILLISCA IOWA: A Case Study in Ghoulish Callousness

Most every small town tries to find something to make themselves stand out. A famous person was born there, a president drove through once, low crime rates, etc. For example, here are the actual sales pitches of a few of the small towns of Southwest Iowa: Clarinda- birthplace of big band bigshot Glen Miller. Shenandoah- home of the old country group the Everly Brothers. Red Oak- childhood home of late night comedian Johnny Carson. The other towns around there have no famous connections, so they just try to remain low key and folksy: Wales, Emerson, Hawthorne, Grant, Morton Mills, Coburg, Stennet, Tenville (so named for its population of 10), Elliot (where city employees will shoot your dog in your own yard in front of your kids while they are playing with it, if it appears to not be wearing a collar. but that is fodder for a different post), etc...But wait- there is one other town in this corner of the state, relatively large with its population of 1,200: Villisca!

Villisca has a pig slaughtering plant, a massive chicken egg factory farm, a flower shop run buy a senile old lady, a bar, a convenience store, a few other piddly businesses, and, well, that's about it. It is a tidy / quiet town. So what does this town say to improve its reputation, to make itself look good? Pretty town, nice and quiet, and so on? Oh no:

Villisca is The Axe Murder Town!

One night back in 1912, some kids stayed the night at their friends' house in Villisca. On that night, someone killed them and the family living there. With an axe. A total of 8 people were killed, and the creepy part is that whomever did it covered every mirror in the house with cloths. No one was ever caught, and speculations and theories ran amok. Then about a hundred years later, someone decided to use this disturbing, gory crime to create a tourist industry for the town.


There is a movie or two, a couple books, and a few tv shows about it. It has a youtube channel and a couple websites. They even sell seeds from an allegedly haunted plant that grows there. And the axe itself was enshrined in the Villisca Axe Murder Museum, run by the city, but is now in a state museum in Des Moines. See also this page.




Well known psychic investigators have been invited to explore the house. Guided tours are given. A video was made about it and donated to area libraries. Someone from Omaha bought the house even.

Now they are renting the house out to people for the purpose of staying the night in it. It costs 60. per person, and a minimum of 5 people at once is required. So they are renting it out for 300. per night. If they only get one rental party per month, I would say they are doing quite well with it.

I have been told by people who have rented it that lots of weird things happen in there at night. Just the usual though- noises and so on. It is hard to imagine that the folks running this demented money machine are not generating the noises. Funny isn't it, how we all scoff at the dimwits of a hundred years ago that went to seances and were scared out of their wits by tables moved with strings. Now there is a house a tiny town gets publicity- and possibly money- from, and ditto the last sentence.

Worse, I doubt I am the only one who finds all this stuff disturbing in that it is completely disrespectful to the victims of this mass murder. Why not tear the house down and let them rest in peace??? Too much money involved to go that far? I don't know how much money they make from it, and am not inclined to ask (as if they would tell me anyway), but as long as it is any amount at all it is too much. Numerous paranormal investigators have publicly stated that they will not visit the WTC site as it would be so disrespectful. How is this any different? A bunch of people, mostly kids, killed in a sudden and shocking way deserve the same respect the office workers are afforded, right?


If Villisca wants to be known for anything besides being the site of a grisly murder of children (or their major role in the animal cruelty industry), then here are a few suggestions for them:

- take down that giant pig statue next to the town entrance sign


-paint your water tower like something goofy (it worked for other towns)--

below, Stanton's coffee pot(L), cup and saucer(C), and excuse(R):




(below) RED Oak's bright ORANGE tower (no excuse):




Now digressing....

-think of a new slogan, such as 'home to a lot of nice people' or something like that
-set up an ongoing carnival that lasts all summer
-outdo the neighboring towns with Christmas lights, fireworks, or something
-do more street dances and beer gardens
-get a grip on your meth epidemic 
-why am I doing the thinking for you? you figure it out!


People have been killed in virtually every town in the world. Get over it, ghouls.



the museum: on the town square at 323 E. 4th St.
the house: 508 E. 2nd. older picture here. it shows a frontal view with the big fancy sign that used to be on the front porch.
pictures below are more recent, taken 2/05/2017:

ask to repost, (C) james platt 2017 

ask to repost (c) james platt 2017 

back of villisca axe murder house, 2017 





(all pics (c)james platt2010, 2017)  article itself, also (c) james platt

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