The dark side of society can be as fascinating as it is scary. The psychology of murder can captivate scholars and the average joe alike with its violent twists and turns. For many people the complexities of murder and violent crime become more than just a job or a hobby and become a personal passion. There are several tours of famous murder sites across the country for those who are interested in criminal history and murderabilia.
The manson murders will forever be known across the world as one of the most horrific murder sprees in history. Charles manson and his hippy family communed together on an old movie ranch and conspired to wreak havoc with murder and mayhem throughout the valleys of Southern California. They commited two sets of murders in two seperate houses in California that still stand today. There are several tours of these sites as well as those including the ranch where the Manson family lived and sites of other crimes.
The Villisca ax murders took place in 1912 in a residential farm house in villisca, Iowa. Josiah B. Moore, his wife, his four children and two neighbor children were axed to death as they lay in bed. The mystery of who murdered this family and the two small girls was never solved. The ax murder house, cemetary where the victims are buried and a museum are all available to tour and peruse. Many stories surround the deaths in the home. The owners, visitors and guests have tales of ghostly apparitions, strange sounds and unexeplained pheominon in the house. Psychics have claimed to feel spirit auras in the house and have recorded incidents on tape. Overnight bookings are also available.
These types of tours give a special insight to the crimes that would otherwise be impossible. Spending time inside the same space where once a grisley murder occurred makes it impossible to look at the crimes like a story in a book but realize the true depths of human loss for those involved.