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May 15, 2006



Thanks so much for this, Iowa Firecracker! I've been reading "Beware of the Blog" for months, during which time it has become my favorite site on the InterWeb. (WFMU is of course my favorite radio station.) However, no matter how much I've been titillated by the content--such as your delightful valentine or Irwin's headless dog--I never got around to directly posting any comments until right now. Currently situated on the east coast like yourself, I'm really looking forward to my trip back home to Iowa next week--and an eventual walking tour of the Loess Hills (as well as drinking some rhubarb wine). I'm hoping to make it to Villisca on the way, and in the meantime I look forward to learning more about this movie. While I'm in Keokuk I'll be thinking of you and your wayward grandfather! (My wayward grandmother was the hired girl in a similar scenario just upriver, but I won't go into that here... )

Ron D

We need more stories about monkey puppet taint!

Ruth Thorpe

I just stumbled upon your blog while looking for information on the 1912 Villisca axe murders. I saw the documentary "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" and was riveted by the story. It was very compelling, and because I love TRUE CRIME, I had to see the house for myself. Have you seen it? It puts the whole event into perspective. It has been renovated to its 1912 appearance. I think most visitors go there because it is supposedly haunted. I'm not a believer in ghosts, but touring the crime scene was well-worth the visit, and especially compelling after seeing the documentary. Besides, the town is quaint, and does have a certain "stopped-in time quality" to it (to quote one of the old ladies from the film). I didn't find the movie slow, and thought the old ladies' reflections were eerie at times. Maybe it was because I had never heard the story before.


It's taken me a long time to get back to this posting, but I did want Iowa Firecracker to know that I did indeed visit Villisca last year and took some photos I'd love to send her if I can still reach her via email. As the commentor above states, it is a charming town, and even though everything was closed up by the time I got to the museum, I walked around the house and am happy to state that everything probably looks pretty much the same as when the crime happened. And there's a big scary stuffed doll staring out of the upstairs window!

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