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Villisca: Living with a Mystery (2004)

When an entire family is wiped out by an axe murderer on a June evening in 1912, a small Iowa town spirals into chaos and division. "Villisca" tells the epic true story of the Villisca, ... See full summary »

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Kelly Rundle
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Credited cast:
Larry Brandstetter Larry Brandstetter ... Himself-Director of "A Terrible Stillness"
Ervalene Brown Ervalene Brown ... Herself
Rebecca Christian Rebecca Christian ... Herself-Playwright "A Terrible Stillness"
Pauline Day Pauline Day ... Herself
Janis Sue Enarson Janis Sue Enarson ... Herself-Former Villisca Mayor
Edgar V. Epperly Edgar V. Epperly ... Documentary, historian
Carolyn Cole Gage Carolyn Cole Gage ... Herself-Publisher Villisca Review
Robert Moore Jr. Robert Moore Jr. ... Himself
Robert K. Ressler Robert K. Ressler ... Himself - Founder of F.B.I. Behavioural Sciences Unit
Thomas Rusk Thomas Rusk ... Himself
Bruce Stillians Bruce Stillians ... Documentary, historian
Nancy Stillians Nancy Stillians ... Herself-Playwright
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When an entire family is wiped out by an axe murderer on a June evening in 1912, a small Iowa town spirals into chaos and division. "Villisca" tells the epic true story of the Villisca, Iowa Children's Day murders. Following just two months after the sinking of the Titanic, the still-unsolved crime 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 of America's most sensational trials. Written by Kelly Rundle

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A True Story of Murder and Consequence in the Heartland

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

10 June 2004 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Fourth Wall Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Completely engrossing
19 April 2005 | by MaddysfieldSee all my reviews

I just saw this film for the first time and was captivated from beginning to end. I had never heard about the Villisca ax murders, and this documentary hooked me on the subject. If you like true crime stories or mysteries, this story will knock your socks off. I have read books on all of the well-known murder mysteries that have been done again and again, so it was great to see something completely new. The movie is full of details about various suspects and puts you through the process of trying to figure out "who done it". I will have to see it again, because there was so much to sort through. It really is one of the best murder mystery documentaries I have ever seen. I am a huge fan of Robert Ressler, and was pleasantly surprised to hear his comments about the case. If you haven't seen it, see it!


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