The mystery of the Villisca Axe Murder’s continues to baffle paranormal investigators as they hold over night vigils in the home in hoping to find new answers in the case. Many groups are trying various methods to communicate with the eight victims that fell into the hands of a mad man in June 1912. Some say the Reverend Lynn George Kelly wailed the axe, while others swear he was innocent. This is the newspaper clip that printed in the New York Times dated September 1917 with Kelly confessing to the murder spree.
The Rev. Lynn George Kelly, in jail in Logan, Iowa, on the charge of murdering the six members of the Moore family of Villisca, Iowa, and the two Stillinger girls, is said to have confessed and said he obeyed the voice of God in committing the crime. Although the minister is alleged t have made two confessions, his wife said that he told her the alleged confessions were pure fabrications. She said he admitted signing one of them, but said he did not know why he did so.
J. J. Hess, attorney for the State I the Villisca ax murder case, recites the confession as he heard it. According to Hess, Kelly said:
“I arrived in Villisca the Saturday night preceding the murders. Sunday I preached twice in the country. Sunday evening I ate supper with the Rev. Ewing, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Ewing asked me if I would sleep in the house alone, as he and his family were going to sleep in a tent. Mr. Ewing showed me to my room. I went to bed but couldn’t sleep.”
“I was working on a sermon, the text of which was ‘Slay utterly” I had heard Gypsy Smith preach on the topic. I got dressed and sent out on the balcony. I heard a sound like a windmill. I went back to bed again but couldn’t sleep. Then I got up and dressed for a walk, still studying my sermon.”
“At 2:45 o clock I went to the Presbyterian Church. While alone in the church I heard a voice. It said: ‘Go further’. I went out and walked to the end of the street, where I saw a shadow which beckoned me to follow. The shadow led me to the rear of the Moore house. I saw an ax on a rubbish heap. I picked up the ax by the handle. The voice again spoke saying ‘Go on, follow the shadow, slay utterly’.”
“The shadow led me to the door of the Moore home. Inside, the voice said: “Go up.” I obeyed the voice. I thought I was climbing Jacob’s ladder. I went into a room where four little children were sleeping. The voice of God said, ‘Slay utterly, suffer little children to come unto me.’ I answered the voice of God and said: ‘Yes, Lord, they’re coming now.’
“I took hold of the end of the ax handle and killed the children first. Children had bothered me all my life. I think I put the sheet over them afterward.”
“The voice of God then said, “More work yet. There must be sacrifices of blood.’ I followed the shadow into a room, where Mr. and Mrs. Moore were sleeping. I worked as fast as I could. I think I killed the mother first. I felt tired. I went down stairs, and thought I would find a place to lie down. I saw two girls sleeping in a room. God’s voice said ‘More work, still.’ The words ‘Slay utterly’ had been in my mind before the murders, and has been ringing in my ears ever since. I have had a hard time resisting the impulse to slay. My soul is relieved now for the first time in five years.”
Was this man insane? Was he seeking notoriety and fame? Did he work under the command of a shadow of darkness? I will admit it is one of the most terrifying locations I have investigated. We still don’t know what really happened that night, but perhaps some paranormal investigating team will find the true answers.
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