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Villisca Axe Murder House, Iowa

Villisca Axe Murder HouseImage: Jason McLaren, Wikipedia Commons

Looking for somewhere a little different to stay? Try spending the night at the Villisca Axe Murder House in Iowa.

It was here, in June 1912, that eight people, six of them children, were murdered in the most brutal fashion, their killer sneaking in in the dead of night, before leaving, unseen, locking the front door behind him. The culprit was never identified, and the crime never solved. Now, more than 100 years later, those with a fascination for all matters macabre, can head to Villisca to see the house of horrors for themselves.

Tours run during daylight hours, but if that’s a bit too tame, then you can spend the night here for around $400. Many guests have reportedly experienced paranormal activity, with phenomena including moving ladders, flying objects and the sound of children’s voices. Sounds cosy!