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April 03, 2019


Judie Delano

It is very interesting, as quite as it must have been back than, she may have been able to hear something, but since it was supposed to be cool and rainy, her windows may have been shut. I have never thought eight people could have been killed in such a small space without any noise, or anyone waking up prior to being struck. I have always thought the lady next door may have heard something, as her house was very close.,

Paula Houlden

Very interesting article. Mrs. Landers is a very intreguing character of the whole Villisca saga. Much like the unfortunate Mrs. Mary Peckham, the next door neighbor, the brutal and senseless killings of her neighbors greatly affected Mrs. Landers. Am I correct in that Mrs. Peckham gave conflicting statements about hearing anything the night of the crime? She testified at the coroner's inquest that she did not hear anything yet if you read other accounts she supposedly told somebody she "thought she MIGHT have heard a scream" during the night of the murders. Mrs. Peckham was rushed off to Bozeman, Montana (sort of odd don't you think?) and died only 6 months later, apparently from the affects of a nervous breakdown. There could have been some other health issues going on but again this was 1912 and medical knowledge and treatment was not what it is today. Also odd that nobody bothered to question Mary's husband and son who were sleeping in the very same house at the same time. As interesting as Mrs. Landers' claim was, it seemed in the end that she and her son were just not very reliable witnesses. After all, Ed claimed he saw Albert Jones entering the Moore's house Sunday evening while they were at church. Turns out that story was completely made up and encouraged by Detective Wilkerson. It's common during traumatic or historical events for people to want to place themselves at the center of the action or story when in reality they were just common bystanders.

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