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Logan Public Library ready for October programming and Epperly Axe Murder Discussion

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By the Bulletin Review

Head to the Logan Public Library in October for fun Halloween programming for all ages.

On Saturday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. we invite you to join author Ed Epperly for a chilling discussion of the infamous Villisca axe murders  and the Logan connection. In the early hours of June 10, 1912, the lives of the citizens of Villisca, Iowa were forever changed when a local family was found murdered in their home. To this day, the who, how and why of this brutal massacre remain unsolved. Dr. Ed Epperly, former Luther College education professor, will share his decades-long research and answer your questions. He began researching the Villisca murders as a college student, and his research into the crime is still ongoing. Dr. Epperly will also talk about his book Fiend Incarnate: Villisca Axe Murders of 1912.” This event is designed for patrons age 15 and over.

Logan Public Library is located at 121 E. 6th Street, Logan, Iowa.

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Epperly Returns to Leon for "Villisca Iowa Axe Murders of 1912" True Crime Book Program

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It was 111 years ago on June 9th, 1912 that Iowa's worst mass murder took place in the small town of Villisca, Iowa. Leon, Iowa will welcome Dr. Edgar Epperly, author of the true crime book “Fiend Incarnate: Villisca Iowa Axe Murders of 1912”, Friday, June 9th at 6:00 p.m. for a special presentation and book signing at the Leon Community Center, 203 NE 2nd Street. Books will be on-hand to purchase on the evening of the program. You can also purchase "Fiend Incarnate" at Amazon.com. Ed grew up in Leon and is looking forward to returning for the visit.

Considered the foremost authority on the Villisca axe murders, Epperly's 60+ years of research, interviewing eyewitnesses and key figures in the Villisca murder case, examining historical records connected to the crime, and uncovering new information about suspects of the crime, has been distilled in a comprehensive 416-page historical non-fiction book illustrated with over 190 rare images.

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“Fiend Incarnate: Villisca Iowa Axe Murders of 1912” takes the reader back to the dark early morning of June 10, 1912, when a person or persons unknown bludgeoned to death Josiah B. Moore, his wife Sara, their children Herman, Katherine, Boyd and Paul, and two overnight guests, Lena and Ina Stillinger. The sensational crime led to nearly ten years of investigations and trials. The small southwest Iowa town of Villisca split over the guilt or innocence of a local businessman and State Senator. A traveling minister from England with a history of window peeping was charged and tried. Investigators and reporters across the country speculated that the brutal crime was the work of an early serial killer. Similar crimes had been committed in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Ellsworth, Kansas; and Monmouth, Illinois.

Epperly was the key consultant and interview in the award-winning  documentary feature film “Villisca: Living with a Mystery” by Emmy award-winning Fourth Wall Films.

To schedule an appearance or book-signing with Dr. Epperly, write to: [email protected].


'Fiend Incarnate' author's true crime book definitive work on brutal 1912 Villisca axe murders

IMG_20211201_112828_334Author Ed Epperly with Villisca documentary filmmakers Kelly Rundle and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films.

Excerpts of story by reporter Melody Parker
Waterloo Courier

Ed Epperly is considered an authority on the worst mass murder in Iowa history. The retired Luther College professor has spent more than six decades delving into the 1912 horrific murders of a prominent Villisca family and two overnight guests.

Epperly’s recently published true crime non-fiction book, “Fiend Incarnate: Villisca Iowa Axe Murders of 1912,” is the result of his comprehensive research.

“This is an iconic case and stands right up there with Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden. These murders just haven’t gotten that kind of publicity, and the community of Villisca tried to repress news about it when it happened,” said Epperly.

The tragedy remains unsolved.

On June 10, 1912, the small community of Villisca awoke to the violent murders of Josiah and Sara Moore and their four children, Herman, Katherine, Boyd and Paul, and guests Lena and Ina Stillinger. They were discovered brutally bludgeoned to death in their beds.

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For more information about “Fiend Incarnate” visit VilliscaBook.com. To purchase the book via Amazon, click HERE!

To purchase the award-winning documentary "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" visit VilliscaMovie.com.