Count your limbs and money, because it's time to give some of those things to the Villisca Axe Murder House. The home was host to a grisly murder scene in 1912 that captivated local media and remains unsolved to this day. Today, you and several friends can spend the night in this cozy little home that hosts up to ten people. Simply make your reservation and payment and be handed the key. Documentation is encouraged, but should something peculiar be captured, the staff requests that you share this with them.

"Photographs, videotapes and audio recordings are encouraged, however, we would appreciate it if you'd share anything you may capture on film or tape." -Villisca Staff

So what actually happened at Villisca all those years ago?

"Long before serial killers and mass murders had become a way of life, two adults and 6 children were found brutally murdered in their beds in the small mid-western town of Villisca, Iowa. During the weeks that followed, life in this small town changed drastically. As residents of this small town reinforced locks, openly carried weapons and huddled together while sleeping, newspaper reporters and private detectives flooded the streets. Accusations, rumors and suspicion ran rampant among friends and families. Bloodhounds were brought in. Law enforcement agencies from neighboring counties and states joined forces. Hundreds of interviews filled thousands of pages. And yet, the murders remained unsolved, the murderer unpunished." - Villisca staff

Do you and your friends have an urge to spend the night? Learn more at and take a virtual tour HERE.