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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