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Conclusion Based On Findings:  Haunted

  Villisca Axe Murder Farmhouse, Villisca, Iowa

Investigation: December 5, 2009

Nicki represented California Paranormal Research during an investigation of the infamous Villisca Axe Murder Farmhouse, located in Villisca, Iowa.

On June 10th, 1912, eight people were brutally murdered in a small farmhouse in the town of Villisca, Iowa.  An entire family of six, and two children who were spending the night, all beaten to death with an axe, all in their beds as if sleeping.  Only one of the children had wounds consistent with a futile attempt to fend off an attack, before being killed herself.

No witnesses, a few suspects, even a trial, but to this day the case is unsolved.

The house is in the same condition it was at the time of the murders.  A time capsule from the past.  It's not hard to imagine a place like this having a memory, or more... There are many claims of the place being haunted.  It's been the subject of many books and TV shows on the subject of reported haunted locations.

Below are some samples of the evidence gathered from the investigation conducted that evening.

Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVPs):
These are clips from unfiltered, unaltered audio files and slight filtered copies used to clarify what is being said.  However the filtered/altered files are not considered "evidence" in themselves, they are for analysis only, and presented here for that purpose.  EVPs tend to be rather soft voices and oddly modulated, so it helps to use good quality headphones, a higher volume and play the file several times.

  EVP Scale Meaning
  +++ excellent EVP quality
  ++ good, easily understood
  not bad, understandable
  - so-so, understandable but not easily
  -- weak modulation or higher noise, hard to understand
  --- probably an EVP, but very hard to make out, if at all


Raw Audio File
Filtered Audio File

    Investigator's Voice  "EVP"  (comments)

Nicki's Audio:


 It’s OK girls, you can come out - Did you hear that, like a whisper “look right here”


 (bang) This is me “Lena” Is there something you’d like to say “Team is in the area again” “Go back inside”


(footsteps, then a soft male voice saying) “Get.. out.. (of.. my.. house)” (becomes very soft at the end)


 “Not that I don’t… want… the light”


And you’re not strong enough to make a loud noise or touch one of us (tap tap tap) Oh “There” OK, if that was you, you think you could be man enough to do something a little bit bigger than that (apparently a rock was tossed at them while they were in the attic)


(a bunch of voices in the background) because that’s what it sounds like “Yes”

From the recorded EVPs, the fact that many appear to be interactive and aware of our presence, and they consist of both a male and female voice, we conclude the Villisca Axe Murder Farmhouse to be Haunted by two, if not more, Intelligent Spirits (i.e. Ghosts).

A rather chilling aspect of the second EVP listed above is the use of the girl's name "Lena", who would have been one of the victims, Lena Gertrude Stillinger.   Lena was 12 years old when she was murdered and from the position of her body, it was concluded that she was the only victim that had attempted to fight off her attacker. It has also been suggested that Lena was the victim of some type of sexual molestation by her killer.

Links and a short direction to the Groveland Hotel should go here.....

The Official Site of the Villisca Axe Murders of 1912

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