Sitting with news weekLucey Studey, daughter of suspected Iowa serial killer Donald Dean Studey, has opened up about allegations she made about her father being the most prolific serial killer in American history.
After being sent photos of missing women from the time Lucey claims Donald was active, she says she can’t see them anymore.
“I can’t read them anymore without an emotional breakdown,” Lucey said news week of the fifteen photos she received from families and friends of missing women in hopes they can find closure at Green Hollow’s property in Thurman, Iowa.
Lucey described her father as “a gas station attendant, mechanic, and tow truck driver at many gas stations and truck stops.”
She explained that he would hunt down women at a Greyhound bus stop in Council Bluffs, looking for women who are down on their luck, “who may not have places to stay or live. Women in bars.” People you wouldn’t miss.”
Studey explained her father was most active in luring his victims back to their trailer from 1970 to 1982, “especially between 1976 and 1980,” she said news week.
She described his victims as white women in their late 20s to late 30s of average height and build. According to Lucey, most of the victims were killed by head injuries and buried in a deep well in the area or along morel mushroom trails.
Lucey has told anyone who will listen that her father committed these atrocities, but the 53-year-old’s allegations so far.
“I want to set the record straight. My father has been telling people all my life that I ‘had an active imagination’, ‘I was touched in my head’, ‘I hallucinate’, ‘I was a liar’, etc .It’s not true,” she said news week. “He said that because I didn’t want to shut up. I’ve been trying to tell people about my father since 1973. I was about 4-5 years old. He hit me and/or threatened my life every time I told someone. He told me it’s better if people believe that about me than he has to kill me.”
The Fremont County Sheriff, FBI, and Iowa DCI cooperated on this investigation, with multiple cadaver dogs marking locations on the property. Excavation where the bodies are believed to be buried.
Who is Donald Dean Studyy?
Donald “Don” Dean Studey lived in the remote wooded area of Green Hollow, just north of Thurman, Iowa, a town of about 170 people.
Studey was born in 1938 and died in 2013 at the age of 75 Des Moines RegisterIncident reports from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reveal a history of violent and erratic behavior in his past.
Reports from the early 1990s show that he had threatened to kill the son of the second of his two wives, and according to Sheriff Kevin Aistrope, there was an incident of a suicidal Studey shooting himself in the arm in the presence of deputies.
Chief Deputy Timothy Bothwell said that to register that whenever there was a law enforcement call to Green Hollow, officers considered it a “two-car call.”
What are the allegations?
On at least two occasions, Lucey, Donald Studey’s daughter, told authorities that her father killed people and buried their bodies in a 90-foot-deep well on the property.
The first documented allegation came in 2007 when Donald Studey accused Lucey of stealing money from him. Chief Deputy Bothwell said he tried to investigate the allegations but was unable to locate the well on the property.
“We thought she was just trying to get dad in trouble or have us look at him because she stole his money,” he said Des Moines Register.
The second charge came eight years after Donald’s death when she spoke to authorities in 2021. One of her stories involves seeing Donald with two other men, in 1976 or 1977, take a body out of the trunk of a car and drag it to the well in a wheelbarrow.
She told authorities she came across a body near a basement on the property in 1979, and said he then took the body to the well, where she also saw another body.
Their estimates range from 50 to 70 victims buried on the property, which if true would make him the most prolific serial killer in American history.
Lucey’s sister says she’s lying
Studey’s other daughter, Susan, dismisses Lucey’s claims about her father, saying the dogs only struck a stillborn little sister who was buried on the property, as well as their family’s golden retriever.
“I’m two years older than Lucey. I think I would know if my father was murdered,’ she said. “I would know if my father was a serial killer. He wasn’t and I want my father’s name restored.’
His wives both died under strange circumstances
Some have questioned whether Studey’s previous wives were murdered, but the police reports show otherwise.
The deaths of both women were therefore classified as suicides Daily mail.
It was revealed that one woman’s death was from a gunshot wound and the other from strangulation.
What’s the latest in the investigation?
Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope confirmed that they are investigating Lucey’s claims that he committed murder and that she knows where the bodies are because she had to help as a young child.
“I believe her 100 percent that there are bodies in there,” the sheriff said.
Law enforcement suspects he lured women, possibly sex workers, from the Omaha area to his five-acre property before murdering them.
Ten years after his death, Studey’s property is being searched by officers using cadaver dogs, which the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office confirmed were picking up odors from four different locations on the property.
The handler, Jim Peters of Samaritan Detection Dogs, and Sheriff Aistrope both believe there are human remains on the property because the dogs are trained to ignore animal remains.
More information should be available this week as the FBI is helping with the investigation.
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