Dead Villisca Children Speak After 100 Years

Museum in Villisca, Iowa

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 Villisca Children Medium

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 “An Iowan”.


  1. Man this article is terrible. So many false facts. You got not only the names of some of the victims wrong but also their ages. It doesn’t even take that much detective work to figure out the truth.
    The guests that were killed were two young neighbor girls named INA MAE STILLINGER(age 8) and LENA GERTRUDE STILLINGER(age 12).

  2. A group of my friends and I stayed overnight there a few months ago. We also have some EVPs on a tape recorder, and very interesting pictures. A friend has tried to make the voices clear like you have done with these. Would you mind using your equipment to figure out what ours say?

  3. Not only that, Katherine is 10 not 9!! Any time I see that they put her as 9, (which isn’t often) I do get slightly angry.

  4. Awesome video and article. Our team is hoping to get out there from North Carolina and do some investigating there. Hope we have as much luck as you did!

  5. My cousins grew up in this house in the 1940s, and they never once heard or saw any “ghosts”. Oddly enough, the paranormal people aren’t interested in talking to my cousins.

  6. It is sad that these children’ s souls have not found peace 100 years later. Has anyone ever tried to help them cross over? I believe this house was on the dead files but I do not remember the end of the episode. These children need help and deserve peace.

  7. Someone needs to go back and check these “EVPs”, very poorly done, in most of the sound bites you can tell its just the investigators talking. When you do EVPs your suppose to be as quiet and still as possible and if aren’t mark where you talked or moved to get rid of contamination.

  8. We do use gaps of silence during our EVP sessions. The problem with these child spirits in particular, is that they like to talk over human voices. Unfortunately, that is when the best EVPs are captured there. The Villisca Ax Murder House is one place that I recommend leaving the audio recorders on all night. I actually think it’s pretty easy to hear these EVPs. If you hear a child’s voice, it’s an EVP, simple as that. There were no children inside or outside the house during any of the recordings. That includes my team PRISM, and all other teams involved in this project.

  9. I’ve stayed the night and investigated with my team ssgpi. I had a VERY personal experience with whom I believe was the spirit of Katherine. You can see the video on YouTube search ssgpi villisca. It’s all real, and I still have no recollection of it. Nothing was faked or edited. We have tons more evidence we picked up that was not included in the video. We were there March of 2014.

  10. On the 5th one i dont think its “breez” i think after the girl says “do u want to talk to us?” I heard the spirt say “i dont know who you are”


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