The murdered Villisca Children have been dead for over 100 years, but their pleas can still be heard through the hallways and bedrooms of their Iowa home with the help of modern technology and a vigilant paranormal team (PRISM). You can hear the results of their investigations at the end of this article, but to understand the true nature of their cries it’s important to understand their tragic history first.
One night in June 1912, between midnight and 5 am, someone with an axe mercilessly hacked his way through 508 E 2nd St., in Villisca Iowa, killing 8 people as they slept; six of those people were children. There are many theories as to the identity of the killer, but to this day it remains a mystery.
The crime may be unsolved, but 100 years later, thanks to some incredible Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP), the children still speak as if they are reliving that night over and over again.
The murder victims are parents Josiah Moore and Sara Montgomery Moore, and their children:
Herman Moore, 11 years old
Katherine Moore, 10 years old
Boyd Moore, 7 years old
Paul Moore, 5 years old
Two houseguests were also killed; badly mutilated and unrecognizable:
Lena Gertrude Stillinger*, 12 years old
Ina May Stillinger*, 8 years old.
It is the younger children that seem to be more active in the house, they are drawn to the living and want only to be comforted; their voices sometimes reveal that the killer is there with them and they desperately want to hide from him 100 years later.
The highly respected Paranormal Research and Investigative Studies Midwest (PRISM) and ORBS research team, have caught some of the most chilling evidence of the haunting on tape. With today’s technology, the team can remove ambient noises during the recording, clean it up, and enhance the children’s voices to an almost conversational clarity. The ORBS evidence of the children screaming inside the house while the crew was outside will make your skin crawl.
PRISM paranormal founder David Pierce Rodriguez, compiled some of the best audio evidence of these children and their desperate attempts to communicate with the living. In fact, if you listen to the children’s voices in the video and EVP recordings, you can hear them talking to each other. The, “He’s going to get us Paul” EVP is one of the most chilling.
EVP is a paranormal research technique that uses recording devices to capture otherworldly beings either intentionally or by mistake. Some skeptics say that this form of evidence is merely the brain interpreting sounds as voices and putting them together as words.
Whatever you might think of the paranormal, Rodriguez’s compiled evidence is very compelling, and the voices are very clear. He first gives you the recording as it was recorded, then slows it down and removes the static in order to make the children’s pleas more isolated.
Skeptics that think the whole EVP phenomenon is a hoax, can stay overnight at the Villisca Axe Murder House and collect evidence for themselves. But for now, you can make up your mind by listening to the EVPs below:
To take a virtual tour of the Villisca house you can visit here, click the icon in the upper left-hand corner called “Display Navigation Map” and choose the room you wish to investigate. The PRISM investigation team’s videos can be found on their YouTube page here. The official page for the Villisca Ax Murder House can be found here.
*A very astute reader has pointed out that in fact the two hhouseguestswere Lena Gertrude Stillinger and Ina May Stillinger, not their sisters Edith and Blanche as originally written. Thank you “
Glenda Cleveland: The Woman Who Tried to Stop Jeffrey Dahmer
Glenda Cleveland tried to stop Jeffrey Dahmer’s killing spree, but police didn’t believe her. Subsequently, he was able to kill four more victims.
Ryan Murphy’s 10-episode Netflix series about Jeffery Dahmer, starring Evan Peters, is about to hit the streamer on September 21. It’s called Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, and it tells the story of the disturbed young man, including the neighbor who tried to stop him.
Played by Niecy Nash in the upcoming series, Cleveland lived next to Dahmer. In 1991 her daughter and niece spotted a male teenager fleeing from the killer in an alleyway. Reportedly, the women talked to the police but were ignored. After going home and telling Cleveland, she also tried contacting law enforcement.
But as before, the police didn’t do anything. Instead, they responded that the intoxicated boy was having a domestic dispute with Dahmer and dropped it.
The Phone Call
Here is the conversation taken from phone records, between Milwaukee police and Cleveland:
Cleveland: “Yeah, uh, what happened? I mean my daughter and my niece witnessed what was going on. Was anything done about the situation? Do you need their names or information or anything from them?”
Officer: “No, not at all.”
Cleveland: “You don’t?”
Officer: “Nope. It was an intoxicated boyfriend of another boyfriend.”
Cleveland: “Well, how old was this child?”
Officer: “It wasn’t a child. It was an adult.”
Cleveland: “Are you sure?”
Cleveland: “Are you positive? Because this child doesn’t even speak English.† My daughter had, you know, dealt with him before, seeing him on the street. You know, catching earthworms.”
Officer: Ma’am. Ma’am. I can’t make it any more clear. It’s all taken care of. He is with his boyfriend, in his boyfriend’s apartment, where he has his belongings also.”
Cleveland: “But what if he’s a child? Are you positive he is an adult?”
Officer: “Ma’am, like I explained to you, it’s all taken care of. It’s as positive as I can be. I can’t do anything about somebody’s sexual preference in life.”
Cleveland: “Well, no, I am not saying anything about that, but it appeared to have been a child. This is my concern.”
Officer: “No. No. He’s not.”
Cleveland: “He’s not a child?
Officer: “No, he’s not. OK? And it’s a boyfriend-boyfriend thing. And he’s got belongings at the house where he came from. He has very nice pictures of himself and his boyfriend and so forth.”
Cleveland: “OK, I am just, you know. It appeared to have been a child. That was my concern.”
Officer: “I understand. No, he is not. Nope.”
Cleveland: “Oh, OK. Thank you. Bye.”
That boy turned out to be 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone who became the 13th documented victim in Dahmer’s reign of terror. There would be four others Dahmer confessed to killing after him.
Cleveland became sort of a hero after Dahmer was caught. The press wouldn’t leave her alone. Even after Dahmer’s conviction, Cleveland continued to live in the neighborhood next to the Oxford Apartments where he did his killing, even after his conviction. The apartment building was eventually torn down in November of 1992
Her brother always asked, “Why don’t you move away from that house on haunted hill?”
Her reply? “I’m not going anywhere!”
Cleveland passed away on December 24, 2011, two decades after the gruesome discovery in Dahmer’s apartments. Her daughter Sandra says she and her mother never really talked about Dahmer and their encounter with him.
“I try not to think about it because it should have been different,” Smith said. “A lot of things could have been prevented. I try not to dwell on that.”
Nash’s role will be much bigger than that of other series on the subject. She and Murphy have worked together before on the series Scream Queens.
“My first introduction to Jeffrey Dahmer and his story was hearing something on the news and then hearing my parents talk,” says Nash. “Glenda was one of his victims too. And her story has been told the least.”
‘Sinphony’ Trailer Reveals a New Terrifying Anthology Experience
Sinphony: A Clubhouse Horror Anthology offers up nine new tales of horror all packed in a tense set. The stories range from a witch trying to protect her kids from a killer to mold spores that make you ravenous if inhaled.
The synopsis for Sinphony: A Clubhouse Horror Anthology goes like this:
Conceived and curated entirely on the popular, audio-based social media platform Clubhouse and produced by Screen Anthology, SINPHONY: A Clubhouse Horror Anthology features a group of international filmmakers each exploring a character dealing with tragedy caused by a supernatural entity.
The directors contributing segments to the film include a new who’s who of horror: Haley Bishop, Jason Ragosta, Sebastien Bazile & Michael Galvan, Mark Pritchard, Kimberley Elizabeth, Jason Wilkinson, Nichole Carlson, Steven Keller and Wes Driver.
SINPHONY’s shocking stories include: an innkeeper’s growing concern about his secretive new guests; a contractor who inhales mold spores that lead to murder; a couple confronting the fact that one of them is a ghost; a witch protecting her child from a killer; a dance craze that has dire consequences, and much more.
Sinphony’s directors include Jason Ragosta, Steven Keller, Haley Bishop, Wes Driver, Mark Pritchard, Kimberley Elizabeth, Jason Wilkinson, Nicole Carlson, Michael Galvan & Sebastien Bazile.
Sinphony arrives in theaters, on digital and in theaters beginning October 21.
‘Barbarian’ Passes $20 Million at Box Office
Barbarian has moved past the domestic $20 million mark at the box office. The insanely off-the-wall and hilariously fun film has had big success at the box office by way of word of mouth. In its second week alone, the film made an additional $6.3 million.
Barbarian is an absolute crowd-pleaser in every single way. It is also a film that somehow gives nothing away in its really well-formulated trailer.
The synopsis for Barbarian goes like this:
A young woman discovers the rental home she booked is already occupied by a stranger. Against her better judgment, she decides to spend the night but soon discovers there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest.
Don’t miss Barbarian in theaters now! It is a serious treat and will surprise you in the best and most faithful grindhouse ways.