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originally posted by: Ensinger23
Why would ANYBODY stab themselves, OFF camera in the middle of nowhere.
At 5:19 a.m. the morning following the murders, the Reverend Lyn George Jacklin Kelly left Villisca on board the westbound number 5 train and allegedly told fellow travelers there were eight dead souls back in Villisca, Iowa — butchered in their beds while they slept, he said — even though the bodies had not yet been discovered.
Kelly had arrived in Villisca for the first time the Sunday morning of the murders and attended a Sunday school performance by the Stillinger girls before departing early Monday. He returned two weeks later, and, posing as a detective, joined a tour of the murder house with a group of investigators. Authorities first became interested in Rev. Kelly a few weeks after the murders after being alerted by recipients of his rambling letters.
Kelly — the son and grandson of English ministers — had suffered a mental breakdown as an adolescent. Since immigrating to America with his wife in 1904, Kelly had preached at Methodist churches across North Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas and Iowa. He’d been assigned as a visiting minister to several small communities north of Villisca, where he developed a reputation for odd behavior. He’d also been convicted of sending obscene material through the mail and had spent time in a mental hospital.
A Grand Jury indicted Kelly for Lena Stillinger’s murder, and he was interrogated throughout the summer of 1917 while in jail awaiting trial. On August 31 at 7 a.m., Kelly signed a confession to the murder, saying God had whispered to him to “suffer the children to come unto me.” Kelly recanted his confession at trial, and his case went to the jury on September 26. The jury deadlocked eleven to one for acquittal. A second jury was immediately empanelled, but acquitted Rev. Kelly in November. No one else has ever been tried for the murders, and the crime remains one of the most horrific, unsolved mass murders in American history.
originally posted by: Murgatroid
Does anyone know what ever became of Reverend Kelly?
Why was he acquitted when he not only confessed, but told others about the murders before anyone else even knew about it?
originally posted by: BadwolfBratton
I saw this house on an episode of Ghost Adventures. It's a trip to think that it could have happened to the crew as they were filming there! Zach, Nick, and Aaron going to town on themselves with knives...creepy.