"Something terrible has happened here..." Those were the words uttered by Ross Moore after discovering the bodies of his brother, his family and two houseguests in Villisca, Iowa in June 1912. That horrifying discovery created a legend that became both an unsolved mystery and a haunting that continues to this day. The small town of Villisca received an unwelcome visitor on that dark night and the town was touched by a horror unlike anything that it had seen before - or has seen since. Over the years, the brutal murders committed that night have earned a place in infamy and they remain the most famous in a series of murders that were committed across the prairie during that era. But that night in June was not the first time that the monster who committed the "Villisca Ax Murders" had tasted blood. He blazed a terrible trail across the region in the years before and after the Villisca murders, using the railroad lines to carry out his horrific deeds. This book will bring you the story of the Villisca Ax Murders, along with the history and the hauntings that followed, but it tells another story as well. It is a tale of madness, murder, horror and blood and the story of the "transient butcher" who wreaked havoc in the American Midwest and then vanished into history, his name and face forever unknown. Only his dark legacy lingers behind with us today and it remains a chronicle of one of the bloodiest unsolved murders sprees in our history. The small towns of the American prairie were never the same again.
These murders, referred to as the "Villisca ax murders" and many others committed across the United States during that era remain unsolved. This is the story of the murders, and the history and hauntings that followed.
Author: Troy Taylor
Publisher: Whitechapel Productions
A party of the garrison of the said fort murdered six people in Rinveel , among
whom one Geffery Fiz - Thibot , aged about 70 years , and in a burning fever ,
with his wife , who was old , were murdered in their beds ; which action pros
Author: John CURRY (M.D.)
As their removal seemed so propitious an event for Richard, it was soon inferred
that they had been murdered by his ... happy one, and going out into the
antechamber, found Sir James, and his brother, Sir Thomas, stretched upon a
Author: William Henry Davenport Adams
Category: Great Britain
must be shown that the penalty of death is not the greatest that can be bestowed .
... not be retained because there are individuals who are foolish enough to be
afraid of being “ murdered in their beds ” by the hoard of ruffians that , according
Author: Charles Dickens
James Renwick ( whom Sir John Dalrymple bagged , and hung up in his own
whig larder ) , in a letter contained in the ... On the 19th of November , at midnight
, two of the King's Life Guards were murdered in their beds , at Swine Abbey .
Author: Mark NAPIER (Advocate.)
There were but four persons that could speak upon knowledge to the murder of
the Duke of York : Sir James Tirrel , the ... That they smothered them in their beds
, and , that done , called up their master to see their naked dead bodies , which ...
Murder ! Lady Theresa is murdered by Sir Arthur , her He grasped Jack's arm as
he spoke , and Jack , looking in the husband ! " same direction , saw a tall female
figure in black come forth On the bed lay the victim ; her little lace night - cap torn
murdered in their beds . To the execution whereof he appointed Miles Forrest ,
one of the four that kept them , a fellow feshed in murder before time . To him he
joined one John Dighton , his own horse - keeper , a big , broad , square , and ...
Author: Sir Henry Craik
Category: English prose literature
Our English Chronicles make mention, that Roger Mortimer, Lord Baron of
Wallingford, murdered his Master King ... out of their beds, and with weeping
tears of pitiless pity, and unmerciful mercy, to drown them shewing such
Author: Charles Hindley
Category: English literature
And how they had murdered by that means Lx persons . And yet notwithstanding
all the money which they had gotten thereby , they prospered not , but at their
death were found in debt . When the King heard of this murder , he was for the ...
Author: Cecil Gray
Category: Beds in literature
Presents the online version of "History as Literature" by Theodore Roosevelt, originally published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1913. Notes that the electronic text is provided by the Bartleby Library at Columbia University, as part of their national digital library project. Offers access to other works by Theodore Roosevelt and links to the Bartleby Library home page.
For Sir James Tyrell devised that they should be murdered in their beds . To the
execution thereof , he appointed Miles Forest , one of the four that kept them , a
fellow fleshed in murder before time . To him he joined one John Dighton , his
Author: Orville Prescott
Fountainhead of democracy, engine of the Industrial Revolution, epicentre of the globe's greatest empire and the first-ditch stand against an expansionist Germany in two world wars- England's history is among the most fascinating and influential the world has ever known. This unique volume presents that history in unique form- first-hand, through the words of those who saw it and those who made it. All the great events of the last 2,000 years are here- the Norman Conquest, Magna Carta, the Peasants' Revolt, Henry VIII's break with Rome, the Great Fire of London, Nelson at Trafalgar, two world wars. Alongside these are the less obvious happenings which together capture the nation's social history, such as the Black Death of 1349 or life as a chimney sweep in 1817. And of course there are the things that have shaped the nature of 'Englishness', like theatregoing in Elizabethan London, fox hunting in 1898, Oates's self-sacrifice at the South Pole, the Beatles and the 1966 World Cup.
( Sir ) James Tyrell devised that they should be murdered in their beds . To the
execution whereof he appointed Miles Forest , one of the four that kept them , a
fellow fleshed in murder beforetime . To him he joined one John Dighton , his
Author: Jon E. Lewis
According to Keating , the first nated , killed in battle , or dying other violent
sovereigns after the Milesian Conquest , of ... Lughaidh , surnamed Mac Conn -
thrust Donagh , or Donchad - _ " died in his bed ” through the eye with a spear in
Author: Joseph Whitaker
Category: Almanacs, English
No English king has suffered wider fluctuations of reputation than Richard III, perhaps the most controversial ruler England has ever had. Vilified by critics as a ruthless master of intrigue and a callous murderer, he has been no less extravagantly praised by defenders of his reputation against Tudor and Shakespearian charges of tyranny. Richard III: From Contemporary Chronicles, Letters and Records, by its presentation of contemporary and near contemporary sources, enables the reader to get behind the mythology and gain a more realistic picture of the king. An invaluable collection of the primary sources presented clearly and concisely, it demonstrates just why Richard has remained an enigma for so long. Established as an essential part of the literature on Richard III since its first publication under the title Richard III: A Reader in History, this new edition has been completely revised and considerably expanded to offer an indispensable source book for historians, students and the general reader. Also, this up to date edition includes a chapter in relation to the exciting discovery of Richard III's skeleton that was found under a car park in Leicester. The Genesis of this book came from a summary guide produced by Keith Dockray for all of his second year undergraduate students. Upon this foundation has been built an accessible and enjoyable history of this fascinating king, as seen by those who knew him at the time, or who were living shortly after his untimely death at Bosworth Field.
Sir Robert Brackenbury, constable of the Tower, with a letter and credence also,
that the same Sir Robert should... put the two children to death... who plainly
answered ... [Sir] James Tyrell devised that they should be murderedin their beds.
Author: Keith Dockray
Publisher: Fonthill Media
From a former Maryland attorney comes the true crime story of accused murderer Orphan Jones—a case mired in the racism and politics of 1930s America. Euel Lee, alias Orphan Jones, was an African American accused of murdering his white employer and family over a single dollar. The tumultuous events and cast of characters surrounding the racially charged crime garnered national media attention and changed the course of Maryland history. With exacting research, former Maryland State’s Attorney Joseph E. Moore reconstructs the murders, the ensuing roller coast of a trial, and the eventual conviction and execution of Orphan Jones. Moore details all of this in the context of Jim Crow politics and American society during the Great Depression in this gripping true crime account. “The Euel Lee case as explored by Joe Moore is more than good, readable, local history. It is about the stresses and strains in American society in the Depression, from the radicalism of a young Communist lawyer to the conscious efforts of a rural community to contain violence, confront or at least deal with their prejudices and see that justice was served for a senseless murder in their midst. Moore sets a high standard of factual accountability and entertaining narrative based upon oral history and archival research. General readers and scholars alike will not be disappointed.” —Edward C. Papenfuse, PhD, Maryland State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents
From a former Maryland attorney comes the true crime story of accused murderer Orphan Jones—a case mired in the racism and politics of 1930s America.
Author: Joseph E. Moore
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
... only fifteen died com: Flood, “before which time there were many fortably in
their beds; four died of the plague or o but, ... According to Keating, the first nated,
killed in battle, or dying other violent sovereigns after the Milesian Conquest, ...
Category: Almanacs, English
As far as possible, Sam would retrace the route Pamela Denning had taken last
week. Here at ... The more detail that could be filled into the hours before and
after the murder, the better for their case. ... The beds were made and the rooms
Author: GILLIAN OGILVIE
The brother of the murdered man set out immediately for Meknas , where the
Sultan was then residing , and claimed ... There are two beds in all the other
sleeping - rooms , and It is not always that the Arab is ready to part with his horse
, if a ...
She died on the 15th of August to Lurline in her most charming style . ... had
never before appeared on the been specially directed by Mrs. Kent to call her if
there was at any time her bed , some towards Mary Stringer and some towards
The Chairman wished to know whether it was a heavy dew or not on the morning
of the murder ? ... I saw him last about 7 o ' clock on the evening of Friday , the
29th of June , I went to bed about half - past 10 o ' clock ; I and my sister Elizabeth