Ed Epperly (far right) and the original researchers of the Villisca axe murders.
Dr. Edgar Epperly began researching the 1912 Villisca, Iowa axe murders as a college student in 1955 when he traveled to Villisca for the first time with two friends where they interviewed Dr. Cooper, the first physician to examine the victims and the crime scene. 60 plus years later, he is considered the foremost authority on the Villisca axe murder case and his research into the crime is ongoing.
On Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Epperly will make a special appearance at the Marengo Public Library, 235 East Hilton, Marengo, Iowa to talk about Iowa's worst mass murder. In addition, the award-winning short documentary "AXMAN" by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will be shown. The film profiles Epperly and his search for what may be a century-old serial killer.
After over sixty years of research, Dr. Epperly is nearing completion on a much-anticipated book on the famous unsolved murder--slated for release in 2017. He was the primary consultant on the award-winning documentary "Villisca: Living With a Mystery."
Dr. Epperly is a retired professor of education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.