Having private over-night access to an infamously haunted place for a small group of people is a ghost hunter’s dream. When investigators have a location to themselves, they can control the quality and integrity of the evidence they gather without worrying about human contamination (extraneous noise made by people in other areas of the building).
Kristy Robinett is a psychic medium in the Detroit, Mi area and author of “Ghosts of Southeast Michigan” who says that the Villisca axe murder house “would provide a more intimate ghost encounter where guests would be more likely to have an experience”. Spirits are “more likely to participate with a small group than they are with paranormal paparazzi” at some of the larger ghost hunts. “Ghosts can be intimidated by large groups of people”, she says. So the Villisca house with its 10 person limit is just the right size.
The Villisca axe murder house in Villisca, Iowa, is a small home that witnessed the horrific, unsolved murder of two adults and six children in 1912. It’s been featured in television programs such as “Haunting Evidence” and “Scariest Places on Earth” because of the paranormal phenomenon that seems to take place in the house. Apparitions of a man holding an axe have been seen in the house. The crying of children has been heard. Doors and objects have inexplicably moved of their own volition.
To reserve a spot for your group, you need to check Villisca Iowa’s calendar, pick a date and call to confirm it’s available. Then you send a non-refundable $100 deposit and it’s yours to share with up to five people for $300 (the $200 balance is due when you arrive). Each person beyond six costs $60 per person, with a maximum of 10 people. Afterward, check the website’s calendar to make sure your date is reserved.
The Villisca ghost hunts are managed by Darwin Linn, the owner of the home, who could hardly believe that anyone would want to pay to stay in his haunted house over night. But year after year, weekends get booked solid with ghost hunters eager to gain evidence of life after death.