When an entire family is wiped out by an axe-wielding killer on a June evening in 1912, a small Iowa town spirals into chaos and division. Villisca tells the epic true story of the Iowa's worst mass homicide, the Villisca axe murders. Following just two months after the sinking of the Titanic, the still-unsolved crime built and ruined political careers, created a lasting community split over the guilt or innocence of a local State politician, and produced dozens of litigations including three of America's most sensational trials. Villisca examines old suspects and theories, and shines a forensic light on a new one. Were the murders in Villisca the work of an early serial killer?