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article imageMan stabbed during investigation of Villisca Axe Murder House

By Holly L. Walters     Nov 9, 2014 in Entertainment
Villisca - Talk about a haunting turn of events. Steven Laursen Jr, a paranormal investigator, was critically injured Friday after an overnight stay at the Villisca Ax Murder House.
According to the New York Daily News, Laursen ended up stabbing himself in the chest while investigating alleged haunted activity in the Murder House.
Brutal Murders in the Infamous Murder House
Visitors to the Villisca Axe Murder House website can see the unassuming and small white frame house on their home page. The house looks innocent enough, but inside it holds a murderous secret.
In a horrific event that happened almost 100 years ago, an axe murderer killed eight people within its walls. The 1900s style home sits at 508 East 2nd St. in Villisca, Iowa, looking much the same way it did when a killer bludgeoned to death Josiah and Sarah Moore, their four children and two children that were visiting overnight with an axe.
The Haunted House is a Popular Attraction
The Villisca Axe Murder House is a big draw for the town, attracting both visitors and paranormal investigators alike. The house is open for guests to stay overnight for $428 (for 1 to 6 people) or during the day for to those that are too faint hearted to stay the night. Daytime tours run $10 for adults.
There's accounts of going-ons in the creepy house all over the Internet, and according to the Murder House official website, tours have been stopped early because of falling lamps, children's voices, flying objects and moving ladders.
Travel Channel Features House on Ghost Adventures
The real action at the Murder House, according to reports, starts at night. History buffs, die-hard ghost fans and paranormal investigators love to frequent the spooky landmark when things are going bump in the night. Interestingly enough, the Travel Channel even covered the Murder House in a spooky episode on Ghost Adventures.
Zak Bagans, lead investigator and paranormal author, stayed overnight in the house with his team and filmed the frightening occurrences that happened during the investigation.
The team captured malevolent, disembodied voices on EVP and strange, dark mists that triggered motion detectors during their scary stay over. However, in light of what happened to Steven Laursen, those strange happenings seem to pale in comparison to what was revealed during an interview between the former owners of the Murder House and Bagans during the episode.
In the interview, Bagans spoke with two sisters who grew up with their family in the Murder House. Together they explained to him that their father "always liked to sharpen his own knives. He was honing the knife away from him, like so (making a motion sharpening away from herself), and then all of a sudden he went like this (making motion of the hand and arm going toward her body with the knife). It looked like there was a pressure on his hand that just turned the hand and stabbed him," one of them said.
"Did you think there was a dark unseen force trying to grab the knife and kill your father?" Bagans asked one of the sisters. "Absolutely," one said. "That energy doesn't want anyone here." That chilling video gives you more of a sense of unease now than when it first came out when you consider the misfortune that befell Steven Laursen.
What's even more disturbing is that the authorities reported to news outlets that Laursen's wounds were self-inflicted. They said that they didn't know what he stabbed himself with or how he managed to do it. He was there for a "recreational paranormal investigation” when they got the call close to 12:45 in the morning, they stated.
There was no shortage of suspects in the murder of the Moore family and the other two children, but the culprit was never caught. So...is the Murder House really haunted? No one really knows for sure. There's skeptics that believe there are logical explanations behind ghosts.
According to the Villisca Axe Murder House website, the current owners invite you to visit the home and say that, "Your belief may be the key that unlocks the door to the "Villisca Axe Murder Mystery."
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