In a freak incident, a ghost hunter stabbed himself in the chest while investigating a house where six children and two adults were murdered in 1912.
A report in the Metro suggests that Robert Laursen, a 37-year-old ghost hunter was staying the night in a house, where a family was murdered with an axe more than a century ago.
Laursen was taken the hospital after he stabbed himself with a knife shortly before 1:00 am on Friday at the Villisca Ax Murder House, a tourist attraction in Villisca, Iowa.
According to the report, Laursen was first taken to a local hospital and then immediately flown to Creighton Medical Center for better treatment. Apparently, Laursen was a part of a crew that was carrying out a paranormal investigation in the house when the incident took place. He was accompanied by two other people.
While the reason behind Laursen's act or the events leading up to the incident remain unknown, Iowa police has said that there was no indications of foul play and that no criminal charges will be pressed against anyone in connection to the incident.
"It's kind of shocking to wake up and hear that someone has nearly died at your tourist attraction. I can't imagine why somebody would do something like this to himself," the owner of the house, 77-year-old Martha Linn told the Omaha World-Herald
The house is still in its original state as it was in 1912 and attracts many curious tourists. It has no plumbing or electric connection.
Linn further said that this is the first freak incident in the last 20 years and since the culprit behind the mass murder in the house is still unknown, the place is also visited by enthusiasts who attempt to solve the murder case.