While one woman has come forward with claims that her late father is a ruthless serial killer who murdered dozens, her older sister argues that this is not true and has vowed to restore their father’s name.
However, her older sister Susan Studey rejected these claims and said their father was strict, but certainly not a killer.
‘My father was not the man she makes him out to be,’ Susan Studey told Newsweek. ‘He was strict, but he was a protective parent who loved his children… Strict fathers don’t just turn into serial killers.’
Donald Studey, who died in March 2013 at age 75, is accused by his daughter Lucy of killing between 50 to 70 women and at least two men – one in his 40s and one in his 20s. Lucy has said she tried to tell people over the years, but no one would listen.
Donald Dean Studey, who died in March 2013 at age 75, is accused by his daughter Lucy of killing up to 70 women, yet his other daughter Susan says the allegations are simply untrue
The property, on Green Hollow Road, is being searched, but is not an official crime scene because officers have not yet discovered any remains
After 45 years, police are now investigating allegations that the Iowa farmer murdered up to 70 women – after his daughter told authorities ‘I know where the bodies are buried.’
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that cadaver dogs alerted at least four spots on the property last week, with the last getting multiple ‘hits’. The dog handler and sheriff have said they believe the remains are human as the dogs are trained to ignore animal bones.
However, Lucy’s older sister Susan believes the cadaver dogs that searched the property last weekend were fooled by the the remains of Donald Studey’s stillborn infant sister, who was buried in a shoebox on the property, as well as remains of a golden retriever.
While Lucy told authorities that their father forced the siblings to use a wheelbarrow in the warmer months and a toboggan in winter to move the corpses across the farmland in Thurman, Iowa, her sister refuted this.
Susan told Newsweek that the first time she ever heard about any bodies being buried on the property was when she talked to Lucy about a year ago.
‘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.’
Susan added that the only time she remembers her father getting violent was when a neighbor ran over their dog — which led to Donald Studey fighting the man.
Her sister Lucy has repeatedly offered to take a lie detector test to support her claims, Newsweek reported.
A third sister in the sibling bunch could not be reached. Their brother died by suicide when he was 39.
Lucy Studey claims that her father Donald Dean Studey was a serial killer who forced her and her siblings to transport bodies of women he killed into a 100ft well
Authorities were alerted to her claims, in which she details using a wheelbarrow in the warmer months and a toboggan in winter to move the corpses across the farmland in Thurman, Iowa
Fremont County Sheriff’s office confirmed that cadaver dogs alerted to several spots on the property, as well as some on neighboring land
According to Lucy, the four siblings did their father’s bidding when he told them to ‘go to the hills’ because they were terrified they ‘wouldn’t come back’ according to his daughter.
Lucy said that her father was ‘routinely drunk’ and liked to kill women by smashing or kicking in the heads of the women inside a trailer.
Both of his wives died before him, with police records confirming one died after strangling herself with an electrical cord and the other shot herself.
Investigators believe his daughter’s claims, and if true, would make Studey one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.
Law enforcement suspect that he lured woman, thought to be sex workers from Omaha, Nebraska, to his five acres of land before murdering them.
Lucy claims that the women all had dark 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 clothed and wearing jewelry, with Lucy claiming that her father kept the gold teeth as trophies.
However, Lucy’s older sister Susan believes the cadaver dogs were fooled by the the remains of Donald Studey’s stillborn sister, who was buriedon the property, and remains of a pet
According to Lucy, the four siblings did their father’s bidding when he told them to ‘go to the hills’ because they were terrified they ‘wouldn’t come back’ according to his daughter
Investigators believe his daughters claims, which would make Studey one of the most prolific serial killers in American history
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 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.
‘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.’
Studey reportedly forced his children to pile dirt and chemical lye on top of the bodies after dumping them into the well.
Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope confirmed the investigation on Tuesday, saying ‘I believe her 100 percent that there’s bodies in there’ and said if they do excavate the scene it will be a ‘big mission’.
He added that the cost of boring the well would be around $25,000 while a full excavation would be more than $300,000.
The property, on Green Hollow Road, is not an official crime scene because officers have not yet discovered any remains.
The FBI and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are both assisting the local police force with the investigation
The FBI and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are both assisting the local police force with the investigation.
Studey, who had ‘love’ and ‘hate’ tattooed on his knuckles, is understood to have a criminal history but was known to use several 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 went to the trailer where he lived because they were ‘wary’ of him.
She added: ‘All I want is to get these sites dug up, and to bring closure for people and to give these women a proper burial. My father was a lifelong criminal and murderer.’
It is unclear if her siblings have been cooperative with the authorities, with her brother Gary committing suicide aged 39.
Lucy claims that she told her stories to several people over the years trying to get something done about it but ‘no one would listen to her’.