Both of Accused Iowa Serial Killer’s Wives Died of Strange Circumstances
Two wives of alleged Thurman, Iowa serial killer Donald Studey reportedly died in what police say were some unusual circumstances.
The two women were married to Iowa resident Donald Dean Studey, who passed away in 2013. Recently, he's become the talk of the town because of allegations from his daughter that he murdered dozens of people.
Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope confirmed that they are investigating Studey's daughter Lucy's claims that he did murder and that she knows where the bodies are because of having to help as a young child.
‘I believe her 100 percent that there's bodies in there,' the sheriff said.
Law enforcement suspect that he lured women, possibly sex workers, from the Omaha area to his five acre property before murdering them.
Forty five years after his death, Studey's property is being searched by officials with assistance from cadaver dogs, which the Fremont County Sheriff's Office confirmed picked up scents on four different locations across the property.
The dog handler, Jim Peters with Samaritan Detection Dogs, and Sheriff Aistrope both believe there are human remains on the property because the dogs are trained to ignore animal remains.
Studey's other daughter, Susan, refute's Lucy's claims about their father, and says the dogs only hit on a stillborn infant sister who was buried on the property as well as their family's golden retriever.
'I'm two years older than Lucy. I think I would know if my father murdered,' she said. 'I would know if my dad was a serial killer. He was not, and I want my father's name restored.'
Some have questioned whether Studey's previous wives were murdered, but the police reports show otherwise.
Both women deaths were ruled suicide, according to Daily Mail.
It has been revealed that one wife's death was by gunshot wound, and the other by strangulation.
Lucy claims that all of the women had dark hair, were white and most were aged in their 20s and 30s - except for a 15-year-old runaway and two men.
She says they all were buried clothed and wearing jewelry, but Lucy said Donald would keep the gold teeth as trophies at their Green Hollow Road home.
"He would just tell us we had to go to the well, and I knew what that meant," she told Newsweek. "Every time I went to the well or into the hills, I didn't think I was coming down. I thought he would kill me because I wouldn't keep my mouth shut."
When asked about why she's coming forward now, she explained there's no lost love for her deceased father.
‘I don't feel anything for my father. Nothing at all. I wanted justice when my father was alive, but he's gone. I just want for the families some closure and a proper burial.’
Investigators believe Lucy's claims, and say that if they are indeed true, Studey would be the most prolific killer in American history.
Authorities say if they need to bore out the well, that it will come at the cost of about $25,000, and if a full excavation is ended up being needed, it will run in the ballpark of $300,000.
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