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The Villisca Axe Murder House

Case Number: 007-092812

Case Type: Residence

Official Website


Name: The Villisca Axe Murder House

Built: 1868

Stories: 2 Stories + Basement (Attic on the second floor.)

History: 8 people were brutally murdered on the night of June 10th 1912. The murder has yet to be solved though one has claimed to be the killer (Rev. Kelly) he got off due to contaminated evidence. More history can be found here:

Reported Deaths on the property: 8 Father - Joseph Moore, Mother - Sarah Moore, Children - Herman, Kathrine, Boyd, and Paul. Plus their house guests (children) Lena and Ina Stillenger.

Reported Sightings: Closet opening and closing (debunked as wind because there were big holes in the ceiling and back wall of the closet. They were fixed when we got there and the door did not open once.), Apparitions, voices and a whole lot of stuff.

Reason to Investigate: To find evidence and to try to solve the unsolved murder.


Date: September 28th 2012

Time: 4:00pm - 7:00am

Setup: 5:00pm - 5:30pm

K2 (EMF) Sweep: 5:15pm - 5:30pm

Investigation Start: 6:00pm

Take Down: 6:45am

Investigators: Founder - Maggie Beshilas, Co Founder - John (Mike) Perrine, Lead Investigators - Stephanie Perrine, Stacey Jarman, and Danii Thompson. Case Manager - Aly Vanderboegh. Tech Assistant - Pat. Investigator - Dyllon. Guest Investigators - Ana and Alice.Case Number: 006-081812

Equipment: Maggie:

Equipment: Maggie: 4Hi-8 Video Camera, Full Spectrum Video Camera, EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) Digital Voice Recorder, EMF (K2)(Electromagnetic Field Detector), Mel- Meter EMF, Ghost Box, and Radios x3.

Stephanie and Mike: Digital Video Camera, and Digital Camera x2

Stacey: Full Spectrum Video Recorder, EVP, EMF (K2), and digital camera.

Pat: Video Camera.

Danii: Ovilus, EVP x2, and Digital Camera.

Dyllon: EVP.

Ana: EVP and Digital camera.

U.S. Naval Observatory

Astronomical Applications Department

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

The following information is provided for Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska (longitude W96.0, latitude N41.3):


18 August 2012

Central Daylight Time  


Begin civil twilight


Sun transit 


End civil twilight

6:07 a.m.

6:36 a.m.

1:27 p.m.

8:17 p.m.

8:47 p.m.          




Moon transit



8:01 p.m. on preceding day

7:47 a.m.

2:14 p.m.

8:32 p.m.

8:55 a.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 24 November: waxing gibbous with 87% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Full Moon on 28 November 2012 at 8:46 a.m. Central Standard Time.

Weather Underground



Numbers of hours recorded: Roughly 12 hours on DVR Video Cameras, 6 hours on the Hi-8 camera and 1 hour on Full Spectrum Camera.

Confirmed Activity: 0


Numbers of Photos Taken: 95

Digital Camera: 95

Hi-8 Camera: 0

Confirmed: 0

Debunked: 95

Yet to be Debunked: 0

EVP Recordings: 12 EVP's found

Confirmed: 6

Debunked: 0

Interesting (Not Evidence): 6

EMF Conversations: 0

Mel Meter Conversations or Temperature Spikes: 0

Conversations: 0

EMF Spikes: 0

REM Conversations: 0


Temp Spikes: 0


Personal Experiences:

Feeling like your being watched: 09 people

Being Touched: 1

Unexplainable encounters: 3


Encounter 1: During the end of the night 7 of us (Maggie, Mike, Stacey, Danii, Dyllon, Aly, and Ana) sat down in the living room when half of our flashlights started flashing constantly. We also got K2 EMF hits at the same time.

Encounter 2: Starting at 1am one of Johnny Houser's bedroom lights came on, on the top floor which we know is padlocked, and they were all out of town at Scare fest. We saw shadow figures running from room to room. The light remained on past 6am.

Encounter 3: Aly saw a shadow pass the doorway in the kitchen from the couch in the living room, heard voices, and tapping noises.

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