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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   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.

Villisca Producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle have also created Second Editions of three of their historical document reprints: The Coroner's Inquest, The Dope Sheet, and The Signed Statements.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 mystery aficionados."

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.

Kelly Rundle
Fourth Wall Films
POB 341610
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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