August 1, 2003
Los Angeles--The Villisca Emporium has reopened with updated and new historical books and
videos related to the 1912 Villisca, Iowa axe murders. As part of the process of
finalizing their documentary feature film Villisca: Living with a
Mystery, Fourth Wall Films has remodeled the popular internet storefront on their
website at www.villisca.com.
Villisca explores the history and lasting effects of
the still-unsolved 1912 crime.
The Villisca Emporium cyberstore features newly remastered
versions of two historical videos with Dr. Edgar Epperly on DVD and VHS home video.
Epperly has researched the axe murders for nearly 50 years and is recognized as the
foremost authority on the notorious unsolved case. He is also the primary historical
consultant for Villisca.
Kelly and Tammy Rundle have also created Second Editions of three of their historical
document reprints: The Coroner's Inquest, The Dope Sheet, and The
Signed Statements. The Inquest features the first official testimony
gathered in the axe murder investigation, the Dope Sheet is Detective James
Wilkerson's case against Senator Frank Jones, and the Statements include signed
witness affidavits from the 1917 axe murder Grand Jury investigation.
"This mystery has held the public's interest for over 90 years," said Villisca Director Kelly Rundle.
"Some may find folklore and legends amusing, but the truth that can be gleaned from
historical documentation is far more fascinating and satisfying for most."
Fourth Wall's videos and the books have all been updated and supplemented with historical
photographs. In addition to the Rundle's materials, the online store features every
book currently in print related to the axe murders including the Villisca Review's
newspaper reprint and the newly released book by Stanton resident Roy Marshall.
Also, for the first time, visitors to the Villisca Emporium can make their purchase
with a credit card.
"History comes alive through these books and videos," said Villisca producer Tammy Rundle.
"Many of them contain materials ordinarily not easily accessible by murder
To celebrate the reopening, 15% of any purchase made through the Villisca Emporium
in August 2003, will be donated by Fourth Wall Films to the Villisca Theater Board, a
nonprofit theatrical company based in the historic Rialto Theater in Villisca, Iowa.
Villisca: Living with a Mystery is being submitted to
distributors and will be available to viewers in 2004. Kelly is from the Quad-Cities
and Tammy hails from Waterloo. They now reside in Los Angeles. Fourth Wall
Films is their film and video production and publishing company.
Fourth Wall Films
Los Angeles, CA 90034
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