On May 26th Ryan Buell and Chad Calek visited the house to film an episode for the new series on A&E, Paranormal State. Although I haven't had a chance to see it yet, Darwin tells me their visit made the front page of the Villisca review!
For those of you who don't know how Villisca has reacted to the imense popularity of the Axe Murder House, this might not seem to be a big deal - for those of you who do... you're probably thinking the same thing I am - have the citizens of Villisca finally realized they're sitting on a gold mine?
In the past, the only articles that have appeared in the paper have been those denouncing the opening and subesequent tours and events held at the site of the Villisca Axe Murders. As we move forward, I'm hoping that just maybe the tide is turning. I'm sure the respect that our visitors have displayed when visiting not only the house but the businesses in Villisca has helped, and I'd like to say thank you to those of you who have shopped the merchants in Villisca or eaten at the cafe.
We firmly believe that burying the past is not a way to change the future and are keeping our fingers crossed that as the house continues to draw more people to this small town, we'll start to see others move towards preserving the history instead of trying to hide or cover it up.
I'll try to get a copy of the paper and post it on the website when I visit the house for the Anniversary event next week.