June 10th marked the 105th anniversary of Iowa's worst mass murder, the 1912 Villisca axe murders. The award-winning and critically-acclaimed true crime documentary Villisca: Living with a Mystery, produced by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly Rundle and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, will air on WQPT-Quad Cities PBS Thursday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Following Villisca, the short award-winning documentary AXMAN will air at 10 p.m.
The Rundles' Fourth Wall Films is an independent film and video production company. They produced the regional Emmy® nominated documentaries Letters Home to Hero Street (with WQPT-PBS), River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6 and Country School: One Room – One Nation; and the award-winning films Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg (with co-producer Garry McGee), Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3 and The Barn Raisers. For more information, visit FourthWallFilms.com.
Dr. Edgar Epperly, a retired professor of education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, began researching the Villisca crime in 1955. He interviewed hundreds of key figures connected to the case and has given numerous lectures and presentations on the subject. He has appeared on national television and radio, and was the primary historical consultant on Kelly and Tammy Rundle’s Villisca: Living with a Mystery. Epperly is co-writing a book on the Villisca case with the Rundles. It is slated for release in the fall of 2017.