Following the death of her husband, Martha Linn decided to sell off the contents of the museum they owned in Villisca, Iowa – but has decided to keep the notorious Villisca Ax Murder House, which they also owned.
June 9th marks the 100th anniversary of the Villisca Ax Murders; one of America’s most notorious unsolved crimes in which six of the victims were children. The property – eerily reminiscent of the “Amityville Horror” house – has become a major paranormal and historical attraction since being purchased by Darwin and Martha Linn, who also owned the Olsen-Linn local history museum. Using photographic and textual records, Darwin restored the house to its condition at the time of the murders, complete with antique chests, Victorian dining chairs and other Arts & Crafts Furniture .
Cumbria has plenty of historic haunted buildings, but few have the macabre fascination of Villisca’s Ax Murder House, which combines authentic turn-of-the-century interiors with spine tingling “bumps in the night”. However, the Linn’s first passion was always history and they faithfully kept their museum open, offering it as a combined tour with the house. Sadly, this came to an end in March when, following Darwin’s death, Martha made the decision to close the museum and auction the contents. On 2nd June, everything from vintage automobiles to antique chests will be going under the hammer, although Martha has decided not to make the beautifully restored house part of the sale.
Whether it’s a Victorian balloon back dining chair or an antique chest, a Preston antique dealer will always endeavour to tell you the history of any furniture you purchase.
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