|In 2000, the Fox Family Channel began airing a program
entitled "The Scariest Places on Earth." One episode included a segment on
the 1912 Villisca, Iowa axe murders.
We and others were shocked by a number of bizarre elements including fake photographs, a fake "1912" newspaper, and a fake interview with a "former resident" (obviously an actress). There did not seem to be any attempt on the part of the producers to tell Villisca's story in even a remotely accurate way. All this in spite of the fact that they requested from us and were provided with sufficient historical data and photographs to produce their segment.
To add insult to injury, when the program was later released on home video, the producers listed the segment on the box as "Villisca, Ohio."
Here is our detailed response from 2000:
If you saw the Fox Family Channel special or video featuring the axe murders, you still don't know anything about Iowa's worst mass homicide. The real story is far more interesting than Fox's fiction, and we invite you to explore our website and to see Villisca: Living with a Mystery to discover what really happened in Villisca, Iowa in 1912.
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