Online Staff Report
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato and Chief of the Criminal Bureau Marilyn Hite Ross will protest the release of one the most prolific murderers in the history of Winnebago County this week. Simon Peter Nelson is up for parole Tuesday, June 10. The protest hearing in front of the Prisoner Review Board at the Dixon Correctional Center. Bruscato and Hite Ross will be in Dixon for the 9 a.m. hearing to protest Nelson’s release.
Simon Peter Nelson was convicted of killing his six children and the family dog with a knife and rubber mallet 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 his children who ranged in age from 3 to 12, Nelson drove to Milwaukee where he was captured by police. Nelson was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 100 to 200 years in prison and first became eligible for parole in 1986.
State’s Attorney Bruscato will be available for comments once he returns to Rockford tomorrow.