Child killer Simon Peter Nelson up for parole

Simon Peter Nelson
Simon Peter Nelson

Online Staff Report

Convicted child killer Simon Peter Nelson is scheduled to appear before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board Tuesday, June 3., Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Monday.

In response, Bruscato will schedule a protest hearing to convince the board to keep the 82-year-old Nelson locked up.

Simon Peter Nelson killed his own six children and the family dog with a knife and rubber mallet back in 1978. Nelson claimed he snapped after he got off the phone with his wife, who apparently told him she wanted a divorce.

After killing their kids, who ranged in age from 3 to 12, Nelson drove to Milwaukee, tracked down his wife and beat her inside a hotel. He confessed to the killing his kids back in Rockford while he was being questioned for domestic battery.

Nelson was sentenced to 100 to 200 years in prison and first became eligible for parole in 1986.

Although the State’s Attorney’s Office hasn’t been given dates yet  Bruscato is urging the community to join in the fight to keep Nelson in prison by writing letters and signing protest petitions.

Simon Peter Nelson has been before the Prisoner Review Board 18 times.

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