On a quiet residential street in this small town sits an old white frame house. On a dark evening, the absence of lights and sounds are the first indication to visitors that this house is different from the other homes that surround it. Upon closer inspection, you'll notice the doors and windows are tightly closed and covered. An outhouse in the backyard suggests that this house does not occupy a place in the 21st century but somehow belongs in another era or another story. A weather-beaten sign warns rather than welcomes. This is the "Murder House", where eight victims were brutally murdered in their sleep, the killer never to be found.
The walls still protect the identity of the murderer or murderers who bludgeoned to death the entire family of Josiah Moore and two overnight guests - children - on June 10,1912. Almost 97 years later, this gruesome unsolved crime continues to draw many visitors to her door for the history, true crime, and infamy as one of America's most haunted houses.
Property Name: Villisca Axe Murder House
Street Address: 508 E 2nd St
City : Villisca - Iowa
Postal Code : 50864
Contact Name: Lance Zaal
Phone: (712) 250-5122
- 24-hour check-in
- Contactless check-in / check-out
- Express check-in / check-out
This property has the following check-in and check-out times and policies:
Check-In: 6:00 PM
Check-Out: 10:00 AM
Property and Cancelation Policies :
CANCELLATIONS MADE WITHINRoom / Lodging
Room reservations canceled greater than 30 days in advance will receive a 50% refund
Reservations may be rescheduled to another date within 2 weeks for a 25% change fee in lieu of cancellation
Room changes are subject to a $10 change fee
6 days prior to departure Non-refundable
7-21 Days Prior to Departure Date 50% refundable
22 Days or more Prior to Departure Date 90% refundable
- We will not honor verbal remarks made by any representative or tour guide. Cancellation and reschedule requests must be made by the instructions herein.
- Please note that cancellation fees are calculated based on the date we receive your cancellation request form.
- Cancellation request forms may be found in our website FAQ page, under refund policy.
- If a tour is scheduled to depart within the next 6 days, we will not change a traveler’s departure date and will not offer a refund.
- Company reserves the right to reschedule guests on a case by case basis.
- Rebooking fees will apply for changes ($10) for tours and room reservations
- All cancellations must be made directly with Company, not with tour guides.
- In most cases, refunds will be processed within 3 to 4 business days after refund has been approved and executed.
- Sales are final on all private tour, filming, event, and other reservations
Terms and Conditions
Murder House LLC RELEASE & WAIVER OF LIABI LITY 508 E 2nd St, Villisca, IA 50864The following terms and conditions and policies are applicable to all Guests at the property or facilities of the Companies for any event, overnight stay, tour or any other visit (“Guest”) and by participating in any event, overnight stay, tour or any other visit you accept and consent to these Terms and Conditions.
All Guests over age 18 hereby agree to following Terms and Conditions including the following RELEASE & WAIVER OF LIABILITY provisions (and all parents and/or legal guardians of any minor Guests hereby agree to following Terms and Conditions including the following RELEASE & WAIVER OF LIABILITY provisions).
Please be aware that Murder House Llc and US Ghost Adventures Llc (“Companies”) have taken reasonable steps and precautions to assure your safety. In using our property or facilities, however, you do so at your own risk. To stay with us our Release & Waiver of Liability must be signed electronically during the checkout process.
All Guests hereby agree to the Release & Waiver of Liability provisions herein, thereby indicating that you and any Guests accompanying you agree to release, indemnify, and hold harmless the Companies, its owners, officers, employees, agents, and other Guests from any liability.
Release & Waiver of Liability
All Guests hereby irrevocably & unconditionally waive, release, indemnify & hold harmless from liability Murder House, LLC and US Ghost Adventures Llc (hereinafter known as “Companies”), its owners, officers, employees, agents, and other Guests (all hereinafter known as “Releasees”) from any & all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, or expenses of any nature whatsoever whether in law or equity, known or unknown, occurring during, caused by, relating to, or arising in any way from using or participating in any way the property or facilities of the Companies.
Guest also understands that attending this property or facility and participating in any tours or activities involve voluntary participation in physical activities both indoors and outdoors, and certain exposure to stairs, wildlife, other members of the public, walks, steps, paths, and roads that are uneven. With these, and all related activities, there is a certain element of risk. By accepting these Release and Waiver of Liability provisions, Guest hereby acknowledges that participation and use of said facilities and property are at Guest’s own risk, and that Guest assumes all responsibilities for any and all aspects of use and participation by both Guest and any minors who might accompany Guest. Guest understands and agrees that damaged rooms and any stolen or damages property will incur a reasonable charge for its repair or replacement as determined by Companies. These Release and Waiver of Liability provisions apply to any and all activities, named and unnamed herein, which are voluntarily participated in by Guests and family members & visitors of Guests at the property or facilities of the Companies.
Guest understands and agrees that all areas inside and outside the house are subject to video and audio recordings, which may or may not be kept for extended periods of time, and accessible via live streaming to the public. Guest agrees to only enter the room in which they have a reservation for and assigned restroom. By entering the house or property, the Guest agrees to waive all rights to any and all audio and video recordings.
Guest understands and agrees to be held responsible for any and all incidental charges that arise from soiled laundry, damages to the wall, furniture, fixtures, windows, and anything else inside the house, and that the minimum incidentals charge for such repairs and or cleaning is $100 for any incident. Guest further agrees to immediately report any damaged items at check-in by sending a photo and report to email@example.com
If Guest reserves all rooms in the house, Guest does not have exclusive use or access to areas outside of the bedrooms. No Guest has exclusive use of any area outside bedrooms unless explicitly agreed to in advance in writing. Guest understands and agrees that events, tours, and other scheduled activities in the basement and first floor of the house are exclusive activities and have priority over Guest use. These activities may take place from 5pm to midnight or at any other time as determined by the Companies.
Guest agrees and understands that all room reservations, unless explicitly stated or ordered, do not include any additional service or product, and that no cash value may be applied to anything not directly purchased by Guest. This includes ghost hunts included with basement room reservations if such activity becomes unavailable for any reason.
Guest understands that access to the basement is restricted to those on an activity which involves the basement, or those with a reservation for a room in the basement and agrees not to enter any places marked employees only.
Guest agrees and understands that Companies are under no obligation to honor past agreements or policies made by previous or separate entities, and that Guest is not entitled to agreements made with third parties. Further, Companies will not refund cancellations of bookings made by any Guest from all third parties.
Guest agrees to stay in the room they have rented and to not enter employees only areas, and bathrooms and bedrooms that they have not reserved during their stay unless it is during a scheduled tour and activity.
Guest understands that to receive breakfast, they must be seated in the dining room by 8:30am. If Guest misses this time, they agree that they will not receive breakfast, and that no refunds may be made for missed breakfast reservations.
Guest understands that checkout is 10am and that check in time is 5pm. Guest also understands that approximately 24 hours before their check-in time, they will be sent a code to access the side or front door during their stay and must read and check for that email. Guest understands that they do not need to enter the barn for check in or check out.
In case of emergency, Guest may contact a number on the emergency list, provided in the room, or for other needs, by email through the website or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest agrees and understands that all tours, events, and activities require advance reservation and are subject to availability, and that they are not entitled to any tours, events, and activities unless a reservation has been made. If Guest does not coordinate to make reservations in advance, Guest may be unable to receive one. Guest also understands that cancellation and rescheduling of tours is possible and at the discretion of the Companies, and that any room or activity rebooking will incur a $10 rebooking fee.
Guest is aware there are potential dangers to minors who are not carefully supervised, as well as any person using axe throwing, or if a person has health risks, is intoxicated, using any kind of drugs or medication. Guest agrees to waive any claim whatsoever against Companies, its Agent, Owners or other Guests of property for accidents or injury arising from any use or activity on property. Guest agrees that he/she is responsible and liable for any damages that occur to the properties or all items within the properties, including the exterior areas, through their or their Guest's misuse or negligence.
You may not bring outside guess beyond the number of people selected in the reservation. Additional guests that are light into the house or not permitted under any circumstances. If this happens, it will be charged an additional $200 per person.
If you take someone else’s room, whether intentionally or by accident, you would be billed for that room, in addition to the room that you already reserved.
Guest agrees to treat all staff with dignity and respect, and agrees that any threatening, rude, or aggressive behavior towards staff, whether electronically or in person, may subject any and all reservations to cancellation to be honored according to the applicable cancellation and refund policy.
Guest agrees that any videos, photographs or other images or recordings taken of the inside or outside of the properties or facilities of the Companies used by the Guest on any social media platform must include an attribution to the Companies by providing a link to the Companies’ website on any such posting.
Guest agrees that any videos, photographs or other images or recordings made by the Companies as part of interviewing any Guest shall be the property of the Companies and the Companies are hereby authorized to use any such videos, photographs or other images or recordings for its own purposes.
Guest also understand that these Release & Waiver of Liability provisions irrevocably and unconditionally releases, indemnifies and holds harmless all Releasees from any financial or other liability for any injury, bodily harm, sickness, illness, or loss of life that I as a Guest or my accompanying family members or friends may suffer and from any economic harm or loss of property occurring during, caused by, relating to, or arising in any way out of using, participating or staying at facilities or properties of the Companies.