Man Who Killed Six Children Up For Parole

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 79-year-old Rockford man is up for parole again — 33 years after being convicted of killing all six of his children.

After being denied more than a dozen times, the parole process for Simon Peter Nelson is beginning again, Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports.

Nelson was convicted of the 1978 murders of his six children — hitting each of them in the head with a rubber mallet then stabbing them in the neck.

Ken Tupy, legal counsel for the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, was present a few years ago when a board member spoke with Nelson.

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“Simon Peter Nelson was able to state that he remembers starting to go upstairs to the kids’ bedrooms,” Tupy said. “And then the rest of it was blank to him. He couldn’t remember any details.”

All six children were killed — and so was the family dog.

Tupy says an Illinois parole board member is meeting with Nelson — then next week, a board member will meet with people who don’t want Nelson to get parole.

The full board is expected to decide on June 23.

  • Pothead

    Parole ? WHY IS THIS MFER ALIVE ?!?!?!?!?!?

    • Roberta Waker

      He’s alive because Gov. Quinn eliminated the death penalty. So, now us taxpayers can support him for the rest of his life. He shouldn’t still be alive; but unless or until lthe death penalty is brought back, he will continue to get free room and board, medical, etc. Stupid move by the Gov.

      • Pothead

        I don’t think so. He’s been in jail for 33 years. Long before Quinn.

  • Egor


    Miss Quinn our guv whould ,what”s one more killer on the street .

  • Fast Ed

    This article is not even news worthy. We all know he ain’t getting paroled.

    Ten minutes of my life wasted.

  • Travis

    he’s 80, givie him hospice and house arrest, he’ll be gone in 5 years anway, keeping him in prision is a waste of time

  • tom Sharp

    Tell him he” is “free,” let him take one step outside the prison, and then shoot him in the head. The police felt they were in fear for their life…” Isn’t that the usual excuse?

  • HIt him in the head with a hammer

    “we remember scheduling the meeting, but we must have gone blank when it came parolling you…sorrryyyy”

  • find your self

    You should never see the light of day and why is’t he dead any way he should have been dead a long time ago quinn was not in office when he killedc his kids so he need to be guned down and hit over the head and stabed in the neck just like he did his chilren now he should pay with his life

  • Knappydawg

    I say let him “out”, but, his exit is through a room of several people that say “no way”, armed with rubber mallets. If he makes it to the “exit” he’s a free man!! Whats the chance?? What the hrm??

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