|When an entire family is wiped out by an axe-wielding
killer on a June evening in 1912, a small Iowa town spirals into chaos and division. Villisca: Living with a Mystery tells the epic true story of the
Villisca, Iowa Children's Day axe murders. Following just two months after the sinking of
the Titanic, America's greatest unsolved mystery built and ruined political careers,
created a lasting community split over the guilt or innocence of a local man--a state
Senator--and produced dozens of litigations including three sensational trials. The
documentary also explores the possibility that the Villisca crime, and similar axe murders
in Monmouth, Illinois; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Ellsworth, Kansas, may have been
the work of one of America's first serial killers. Filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle have
combined rare period photographs, startling computer animation, original art, limited
re-enactments, and fascinating interviews with historians, eye-witnesses, town residents,
and forensic experts to shed light on the spellbinding mystery and to dramatically reveal
the face of a new suspect.
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