The news is percolating through the paranormal world today that late last night paranormal researcher Steven Laursen Jr. stabbed himself in the chest during a recreational visit to the Villisca Ax Murder house. The location, a popular (and expensive) tourist attraction for ghost hunters and thrill seekers, is the site of the grisly unsolved 1912 murders of eight people, including six kids under age 12.
Just past 12:45 AM on November 7th, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a call to the wood-framed home at 508 East 2nd St. in Villisca, which remains almost exactly the same as it was over a hundred years ago when the murders took place. Laursen is receiving treatment at an Omaha hospital 80 miles away from the small Iowa town.
Is this a clear-cut case of paranormal possession? One can only hope that Laursen did not stab himself on purpose to draw attention to himself, and that seems a fairly unlikely conclusion, though is it more unlikely than a sinister spirit? Being as the original murders–which included the family of Josiah and Sarah Moore, their four children and two children visiting for the night–are still unsolved, could the truth of the events that transpired there over a century ago have forced itself into the body of Laursen? Or perhaps psychiatric unrest combined with latent paranormal energy…
This is an ongoing mystery, and we will certainly be awaiting eye witness testimony from Laursen himself. We wish him a speedy recovery!