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Iowa cops launch serial killer investigation after daughter accuses him of killing up to 70 women


Police are investigating allegations that an Iowa farmer murdered up to 70 women – after his daughter told authorities ‘I know where the bodies are buried’.

Lucy Studey claims her father Donald Dean Studey was a serial killer who forced her and her siblings to dump the bodies of the women he killed down a 100ft shaft.

She told authorities she was forced to use a wheelbarrow in the warmer months and a toboggan in the winter to move the bodies through farmland in Thurman, Iowa.

His four children obeyed their father’s order when he told them to ‘go to the hills’ because they were terrified of ‘not coming back’ according to his daughter.

According to his daughter, Studey was “regularly drunk” and enjoyed killing women by running over or kicking women in the head inside a trailer.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that cadaveric dogs alerted at least four locations on the property, with the last receiving multiple “shots”.

Studey, who died in March 2013 aged 75, is accused of killing between 50 and 70 women and at least two men – one in his 40s and one in his 20s.

His two wives predeceased him, with police records confirming that one died after strangling herself with an electrical cord and the other committed suicide.

Investigators believe his daughters claim, which would make Studey one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.

Law enforcement suspects he lured a woman, believed to be sex workers from Omaha, Nebraska, onto his five-acre lot before murdering them.

Lucy claims the women all had black hair, were white and most were in their 20s and 30s except for a 15-year-old runaway – and two men.

They were all buried dressed and wearing jewellery, with Lucy claiming her father kept the gold teeth as trophies.

Donald Dean Studey was accused of killing between 50 and 70 women by his daughter, as well as two men. He died in 2013

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office confirmed that cadaver dogs had alerted several locations on the property, as well as nearby land.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that cadaver dogs had alerted several locations on the property, as well as nearby land.

Lucy Studey claims her father, Donald Dean Studey, was a serial killer who forced her and her siblings to transport the bodies of women he killed down a 100ft shaft.

Lucy Studey claims her father, Donald Dean Studey, was a serial killer who forced her and her siblings to transport the bodies of women he killed down a 100ft shaft.

Lucy told Newsweek: “He would just tell us we had to go to the well, and I knew what that meant.

“Every time I went to the well or the hills, I didn’t think I was going down. I thought he would kill me because I was not silent.

“I don’t feel anything for my father. Nothing at all. I wanted justice when my father was alive, but he left. I just want the families to have a proper closure and burial.

Studey allegedly forced his children to pile dirt and washing powder on the bodies after throwing them down the well.

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope confirmed the investigation saying “I believe her 100% there are bodies in there” and said if they searched the scene it would be a “great mission”.

He added that the cost to drill the well would be around $25,000 while a full excavation would cost over $300,000.

The property, on Green Hollow Road, is not an official crime scene as officers have not yet discovered any remains

Authorities have been alerted to her claims, in which she details the use of a wheelbarrow in the warmer months and a toboggan in the winter to move dead bodies through farmland in Thurman, Iowa.

Authorities have been alerted to her claims, in which she details the use of a wheelbarrow in the warmer months and a toboggan in the winter to move dead bodies through farmland in Thurman, Iowa.

Lucy claims she and her four siblings kept quiet for fear their father, who died in March 2013 aged 75, would murder them

Lucy claims she and her four siblings kept quiet for fear their father, who died in March 2013 aged 75, would murder them

Both the FBI and the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division are assisting local police with the investigation.

Studey, who had the words “love” and “hate” tattooed on his knuckles, is believed to have a criminal history but was known to use multiple aliases.

He was jailed in Missouri in the 1950s for petty larceny, in Omaha in 1989 for a drunk driving offense – as cops confirmed they rarely visited the trailer where he lived because they were suspicious of him.

Investigators believe his daughters claim, which would make Studey one of the most prolific serial killers in American history

Investigators believe his daughters claim, which would make Studey one of the most prolific serial killers in American history

Both the FBI and the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division are assisting local police with the investigation.

Both the FBI and the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division are assisting local police with the investigation.

She added: “All I want is for these sites to be dug up, for people to close their doors and for these women to be properly buried.” My father was a criminal and a murderer all his life.

It is unclear whether his siblings cooperated with authorities, with his brother Gary taking his own life at the age of 39.

Lucy claims she’s told her stories to several people over the years trying to do something about it, but “nobody would listen to her”.

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