When the horrific and the unsolved are joined the result is sometimes too much to ignore. Author Troy Taylor spent decades in gathering bits and pieces of information into one solid and satisfying presentation of the facts of this 1912 Villisca, Iowa ax murders. Doggedly he hunted down other instances mirroring the details of that Iowa crime searching for answers.
The result of that work is a remarkable book linking murders spreading over at least three states and several years. Along the way a picture of the murderer is constructed with as keen an understanding of criminality as an FBI profile.
Placing all within the historical reality of the early decades of the 20th century a new understanding of the Iowa crime finally emerges. Filled with historic images and graphic descriptions of the crimes it will be greatly sought by all true crime sleuths.
In presenting this high level of investigation and research, Taylor has contributed greatly to bringing these crimes to light. The reasoning is logical, the thinking as he answers some lingering issues solidly holds together. It is entirely possible that learning the details found here may eventually lead to the discovery of a vital clue which might, just might, solve a century old series of crimes.
If that happens - tip the hat to author Troy Taylor and MURDERED IN THEIR BEDS.