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Sometime during the night of Sunday, June 9, 1912, a person or persons unknown entered a modest house in Villisca, Iowa and bludgeoned to death the eight people sleeping there. These killings, known thereafter as the “Villisca Axe Murders, is easily the most notorious murder in Iowa history. The murder spawned nearly ten years of investigations, repeated grand jury hearings, a spectacular slander suit, and murder trial, and numerous minor litigations and trials.

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J.B. Moore and his family, including two visiting relatives, were murdered in this home by an intruder on June 12, 1912. The case remains unsolved, but suspects at the time included a traveling preacher and then-U.S. Senator Frank F. Jones. Jones was a business partner of Moore's, and the two had bitterly parted ways in the weeks before the murder. The landmark Villisca Axe Murder House now operates as a museum…a fate not uncommon to properties too spooky for residential use.

The Witch's Graveyard - a.k.a. The Witch Ton One of the creepiest places ever, this is an eerie abandoned estate where a family once lived long ago who were accused of witch craft and were buried all in a row next to each other right outside of their house. They were interred in the ground standing straight up, which is in the manner of an archaic superstition involving the fear that the demonic spirits might dig their way out of the ground. There is a plethora of creepy dese

In this undated photograph, the L.A. Mead family stands outside their dugout located near Bloom, Ford County, Kansas. Dugouts such as this, as well as sod houses, were common dwelling places on the high plains of Kansas due to the lack of wood and other natural resources. This family was fortunate enough to have glass windows, wood siding, and a stovepipe; these amenities would have been considered luxuries by many pioneers out west.

In 1984, Josef Fritzl locked his daughter, Elisabeth, 18, into the secret cellar he had built in the basement. Family was told she had run away. He kept Elisabeth captive for 24 years, during which she would give birth to 7 children, one died at 3 days old. 3 of the children were raised by her parents, Josef claiming Elisabeth had left them on the doorstep. Josef confessed to his crimes when one of the cellar children, age 19, had to be hospitalized. He was found guilty and given a life…

Dec. 1929, Quebec, Canada: A Woman and her seven small children were found dead in their beds apparently hacked to death with an ax. A short time later police came upon the husband wandering in the street with his throat slashed The man Andrew Day admitted he had murdered the family and then tried to kill himself. The police said the children ranged in age from 1 to 14 years. Entertainmentfrom Entertainment

Sallie House

The Sallie House in Atchison, Kansas quickly earned a national reputation as one of the most haunted places in the U.S. -- almost certainly the most haunted in the state of Kansas. The rather simple-looking painted brick house at 508 N. Second Street, built between 1867 and 1871, gives no indication from the street of its spooky reputation, but the many experiences of those who lived there are have subsequently investigated the place testify as to its ghostly vibes -- mostly of the negative…