Episode 30: Haunted – The Kelly Family Murders

In 1933, William Kelly made a horrific decision. He would spend a lifetime haunted by the memories of things he could never undo.



“Iowan Uses Hammer to Slay Son, 2.” The Des Moines Tribune, 7/31/1933″

“Romance of T.C. Campus Ended by Double Murder.” The Courier, 8/1/1933

“Injuries Fatal to Mrs. Kelly.” The Des Moines Tribune, 8/1/1933

“Kelly Bound Over to Jury.” Des Moines Tribune, 8/2/1933

“Iowan Bound Over on Dead Murder Count. Davenport Democrat ad Leader, 8/2/1933

“Held in Jury.” The Des Moines Register, 8/3/1933

“1,000 Attend Rites for Hammer Victims.” The Des Moines Tribune, 8/4/1933

“Hammer Killer of Wife, Baby to Get Sentence Saturday.” The Courier, 8/24/1933.

“Iowan to Know His Fate Saturday for Murdering Infant.” The Daily Times, 8/24/1933

Iowa Department of Public Health; Des Moines, Iowa

“Ray Commutes 2 Life Sentences.” Des Moines Register, 2/16/1978

“After 45 Years in Prison, He’s Blinded by Freedom.” Des Moines Register, 2/16/1979

“Women Work to Keep Confessed Killer in Prison.” Des Moines Register

Pedersen, Daniel. “Free After 49 Years – Now What?” The Des Moines Register, 11/21/1982

Santiago, Frank. “Aging Killer Copes with Freedom, Past.” The Des Moines Register, 4/15/1990

State Historical Society of Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa Death Records; Reference Number: 101797054

State Historical Society of Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa Death Record.

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