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Iowa Probes Woman’s Claim That Her Father Was Prolific Serial Killer

Sheriff's deputies and state officials are investigating an Iowa woman's claim that her late father was a prolific serial killers. According to his daughter, Donald Dean Studey murdered "five or six" women a year over several decades and buried them in and around an abandoned well on his property near Thurman, saiid Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope, reports the Des Moines Register. Thurman, population 167, is a small city near the Iowa-Nebraska state line. Studey's property is about 40 miles from Omaha.


On Oct. 21, two cadaver dogs at the site had "hits" indicating the possible existence of decomposing remains in the area of the well, Aistrope said. "She's got a hell of a story but we don't have any proof of anything other than we had a cadaver dog hit," Aistrope said.  "We've got to have more proof than that." He said he has asked the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) for assistance.

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