James E. Risden, Second Chief of Iowa's Bureau of Crimimal Investigation (now the DCI) holds the Villisca axe
used to slay Josiah Moore's entire family and two visiting guests on June 10, 1912 in Villisca, Iowa.
The award-winning documentary "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" screens at the Pipestone County Museum October 14th.
The Pipestone County Museum is hosting its 4th Annual Pipestone Paranormal Weekend fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14. The weekend event will include a variety of activities both paranormal and historical in nature. The award-winning documentary "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" is included in the line-up.
The weekend events will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 with the Calumet by Candlelight and Bedtime Stories. Attendees will gather in the historic Calumet Inn’s dining room to hear stories of paranormal encounters experienced by the hotel staff and share their own stories. Following the telling of stories, a candlelight tour of the historic inn will be given and attendees can try out their ghost hunting applications and equipment.
Saturday’s events begin with a free tour of the Pipestone County Museum, 113 S Hiawatha Ave, Pipestone, MN, and a meet and greet at 8:30 a.m.
While some of the events are on every year’s schedule there are a few new events this year, such as a presentation by Dave Rambow entitled, “A Ghostly Image: Spirit Photography of the Late 1800’s.” Rambow will discuss “trickery” used in early historic photographs and teach attendees how to spot it and how it was done.
Another new event this year will be the free showing of a documentary film at the Pipestone County Museum. “Villisca: Living With a Mystery,” will be featured from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The award-winning documentary by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films focuses on the 1912 ax murders of eight people in Villisca, Iowa, a crime that remains unsolved.
Returning events include a psychic gallery reading by psychic Susie Otto, a ghost walk of historic downtown Pipestone, a ghost hunt, old time photography personal portraits by Dave Rambo and a “Tales from the Grave,” cemetery tour.
For a list of events that will take place over the weekend, as well as times and costs, go to www.pipestonestar.com and click on our Events Calendar.
Contact the Pipestone County Museum to make reservations and purchase event tickets at 507-825-2563.
To order a copy of "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" on DVD, click HERE!