(DCWatchdog.com) – An Iowa woman has made new claims that her father was a large-scale serial killer who forced his children to help him move the corpses of up to 70 women he allegedly murdered.
The new allegations by Lucy Studey McKiddy, daughter of Donald Dean Studey, are leading the Iowa police to carry out large-scale excavations to seek the victims’ bodies for the second time after she made past murder claims.
The Sheriff’s Office of Fremont County is thus going to dig up a portion of land in Thurman, Iowa, close to where Donald Dean Studey lived with his family, Fox News reported.
Lucy Studey McKiddy insists that her father murdered between 50 and 70 women before dying in 2013.
“[Lucy] told us in 2007, and we went out, and there was only one well on the property that we could see, we didn’t realize that it was on other people’s property,” Fremont County Deputy Sheriff Tim Bothwell has commented.
He told local TV station WHO-13 that the first excavation based on McKiddy’s claims cost Fremont County more than $300,000.
The daughter’s new tip is leading the investigators to excavate a plot behind the Studey home. The local Sheriff’s Office will also hold meetings with the FBI and Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation over the case this week.
McKiddy has been making conflicting claims about the victims of her alleged serial killer father.
Last year, she told sheriff’s deputies she had “heard stories that there could be up to 15 bodies” that got buried near the family property but that she only knew for sure of five.
However, in a Newsweek interview, she claimed that over 30 years, her father murdered dozens of young women and ordered his children to help him bury them.
“I know where the bodies are buried. He would just tell us we had to go to the well, and I knew what that meant,” McKiddy said.
“[I feared] he would kill me because I wouldn’t keep my mouth shut,” she added.
In her 2021 claims to the sheriff’s deputies, the serial killer’s daughter said she had witnessed how her father and two other persons took a corpse out of a car trunk. She also said she suspected her father had raped and killed a 15-year-old girl.
Studey’s other daughter, Susan, has denied her sister’s allegations, saying her father had never told her to move corpses.
“I’m two years older than Lucy. I think I would know if my father murdered. I would know if my dad was a serial killer. He was not, and I want my father’s name restored,” she told Newsweek.
“He was strict, but he was a protective parent who loved his children. Strict fathers don’t just turn into serial killers,” the elder daughter argued.
Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope has vowed to investigate McKiddy’s claims anyway.
“I’m not going to let it die. I’m just not gonna let that happen… We’ve got to go with Lucy. No matter if they say it’s not true or say she’s crazy or whatever they can say, we have to look into it. We have no other choice,” the sheriff told the Des Moines Register.
Iowa serial killer fears: Police planning excavation amid new details of 2007 murder claims, report says https://t.co/pr5MNLCw7A
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