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Unsolved murder in Villisca, Iowa, in 1912 at what is now called the Villisca House, a family of 8 people were bludgeoned to death with an axe while they slept. 6 of them were children. 2 were neighbor children. 4 were killed in the room upstairs where the three windows are. In the parents room there is still a mark in the wall from the swing of the axe. Murderer was never caught. It is said to be haunted.
Elizabeth Short (7/29/1924-3/15/1947) an American woman who was the victim of a gruesome and much-publicized murder. Short acquired the moniker by newspapers in the habit of nicknaming crimes they found particularly lurid. Short was mutilated, and her body sliced in half at the waist, on January 15, 1947, in Leimert Park, LA, Ca. Her unsolved murder is the source of widespread speculation. With many suspects. Short's murder is one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Los Angeles history.