Adult Programming

Villisca Axe Murder Presentation

Join local author and historian Dr. Ed Epperly on June 2 from 6-7 p.m. at Decorah Public Library for an engaging presentation from his book “Fiend Incarnate: The Villisca Axe Murders of 1912.” Dr. Epperly will guide program attendees through the crime, the history of the investigation, and the various theories about the murderer’s identity.  

Epperly, a retired Luther professor, is considered the foremost expert on Iowa’s most famous unsolved murder. Over the past 60 years, he has conducted eyewitness interviews and done exhaustive research into the historical records connected to the crime.  

In addition to his book, Dr. Epperly has written dozens of true crime articles, scholarly papers and blog posts, and has appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, podcasts, symposiums and at film festivals. 

Attendees who would like to have a signed copy of the book should purchase one in advance at their local bookstore. 

For more information, please contact Zach Row-Heyveld at Decorah Public Library – zrow-heyveld@decorahlibrary.org or by calling 563.382.3717.