As RAGBRAI rolls into Villisca on Day 2, riders may want to take advantage of $5 tours of the Villisca Ax Murder House. So what really happened? A tour guide explains one of Iowa's most gruesome, unsolved crimes.


Editor's note: This story by was originally published on June 13, 2016.

If you have visited southwest Iowa, you may have heard of the Villisca Axe Murder House — the site where eight people were brutally murdered in 1912.

More than 100 years later, the murderer was never identified and the crime remains a mystery. 

Some believe that the secret remains sealed inside the walls and stories of paranormal activity inside the house have been reported (You can read more about the history of the house here.) 

A group of Register reporters and a photographer visited the Villisca Axe Murder House in June 2016 as part of a sneak peek of that year's RAGBRAI route. RAGBRAI cyclists passed through the town on Monday, July 25.

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During the stop, photographer Bryon Houlgrave shared this photo from inside the attic of the reportedly haunted house.

As if being in the attic of the Villisca Axe Murder House isn't eerie enough — see if you can spot the most creepy detail in this photo:

Did you see it? 

If you look closely, it appears like front leg of the chair is lifted off the floor.

We just got chills! 

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