FBI Performs Lie Detector Test on Daughter Claiming Father Was Killed in Iowa

The FBI plans to give Lucy Studey, the woman who accused her late father of killing dozens of women, a polygraph this Friday and then dump her remains in a well and along morel mushroom trails on a property near Studey land to bury deep in the Green Hollow area of ​​Iowa.

The polygraph test comes as investigators prepare to drill and possibly excavate the studey’s five acres and portions of more than 425 acres owned by neighbors.

It was unclear what prompted the FBI to call Studey Wednesday about the polygraph being performed at his Lakeland, Fla., office. But it could provide authorities with confirmation of Studey’s story: That her father, Donald Dean Studey, for three decades stretching back at least to the 1970s, was what he called “bar slushes” and transients or prostitutes, whom he found nearby, Omaha provided shelter and brought them back to the family trailer in Green Hollow, where he killed them Green Hollow is located near Thurman, Iowa, about 40 miles south of Omaha.

Now “they’re finally going to believe me,” Lucy Studey said Wednesday, adding that she’s been offering to get a polygraph done since at least 1998. “I’m not worried at all (about the test)…I figured they’d spend any money on digs so they’d try to discredit me.”

The FBI’s Omaha office declined to comment on the test and referred all questions to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The DCI also declined to comment. But a source familiar with the investigation confirmed the polygraph, saying “It’s just an exhaustive… just another way” of the investigation.

Accused murderer Donald Dean Studey
Memorial to the alleged killer in Iowa

The American Polygraph Association, an organization made up largely of polygraph examiners, estimates polygraph accuracy at 87 percent. Other studies have found it to be closer to 75 percent, and polygraphs are often not used in criminal trials.

Lucy Studey says she has been making the allegations against her father for more than 45 years, telling everyone from teachers to priests to law enforcement. But everyone, she claims, ignored her until last year, when a Fremont County sheriff’s deputy overseeing Thurman believed her.

She had been calling the sheriff’s office since at least 2007, when a deputy was visiting the area but couldn’t find the well where Lucy Studey says many bodies, including some men, are buried. That all changed last year when the sheriff’s office and FBI took her to the compound — many years since she’d last been in the now heavily leafy area. At this point, she immediately pinpointed the location of the fountain.

Three cadaver dogs have already alerted authorities to the presence of potential remains in several areas of the properties investigators plan to search. These include locations in and around a fountain and the mushroom trails.

Lucy Studey, 53, who lives in Florida, originally told investigators there were five to 15 bodies in a well in the country, according to reports verified by news week. Arriving at the property, investigators and two reporters escorted them away news week On October 20, she said up to 50-70 bodies could litter the expanse. She said her father forced his four children to dump dirt and suds on some of the graves – allegations denied by at least one of the two remaining siblings, a sister of Lucy Studey. Another sister has not returned news week‘s calls, and a brother died.

Soon after news week The story was brought up, reporters called investigators, and one — Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope — said, “I believe her 100 percent that there are bodies in there.” A source with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, who worked with the sheriff’s Department and the FBI working on the case, gave a similar response when asked if Lucy Studey was credible. The FBI offered a “No Comment.” news week back then.

Lucy Studey has expressed concern that DCI, the sheriff’s department and the FBI will be looking in the wrong places on the vast open country when they drill and possibly dig in December. The area has been heavily landscaped since she last visited the site with the FBI and the Sheriff’s Department in August 2021. Authorities did not conduct a prior excavation, but instead searched the site, made statements and began investigating.

Donald Studey, described by family members as a violent man who drank often, died in 2013 at the age of 75.

Of the four children – Linda, Gary, Susan and Lucy – only Lucy has publicly made allegations against her father. Susan, in an interview with news weekShe said it was nonsense that her father was strict but a caring father who would not have killed people. “I’m two years older, I think I would have known if my father was a serial killer,” she said news week after the story broke in October.

When asked if the tests come that close to a possible dig, Lucy Studey said: “You need to know if I’m telling the truth. Hopefully that will help them believe me.”