Burglary at the Villisca Axe Murders House


November 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Someone has invited bad karma into their lives after breaking into an Adams County home famous for a gruesome murder scene. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Thanksgiving Day burglary at the Villisca Axe Murder House.

Authorities received a call at around 3-p.m. Thursday reporting the break-in.  After deputies arrived, they found evidence of forced entry and a broken ceramic crock in the kitchen. Other belongings were scattered around the house. The damage was estimated at $350.

The home is the site of the June 10, 1912 murder of Josiah “J.B.” Moore, his wife and four children, and two overnight child guests. The occupants of the residence were bludgeoned with an axe  sometime between midnight and 5:00 a.m., on that date, 100-years ago. The assailant was never identified.

Anyone with information about Thursday’s burglary is asked to call Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-432-1001.