Thursday, March 27, 2014
The story of Clay Shrout and is his old house haunted??
Anyone that has lived in Florence, Burlington, or Union Kentucky over the past 20 years most likely knows the name Clay Shrout. I have been getting emails from a very nice lady that is a follower of my blog and she knows I love haunted things. She wishes for me to keep her name out of this post since she lives on the street that Clay and his family use to live on. I am going to tell you some of the history of Clay Shrout for those of you reading this and are wondering who in the world am I talking about, then I will tell you the haunted stuff that this lady told me.
On May 26,1994 Clay Shrout was just 17 years old. He lived in the upscale subdivision Southampton in Florence, Kentucky with his dad Harvey, his mom Rebbecca and his two sisters Kirsten age 14 and Lauren age 12. On the morning of May 26,1994 Clay woke up at 5:00am. He had planned out that he was either going to take a some stuff and all the money that he could and leave, but he didn't want to be stopped so in his words he said he "had to kill them". So he took a .380 caliber pistol and walked into his parents room at 5:45am and while his parents were sleeping he shot his mom in the head and then shot his dad. As he made his way down the hall to his sisters room he heard a noisy, it was his father and he was still alive so Clay shot him two more times. His older sister Kirsten was awake when he shot and killed her. Then he shot and killed his younger sister Lauren after she told him about a nice dream she had. He told the police that he killed his sisters for two reasons. One is because he did not want them to live without their parents and the other reason being his older sister would have had enough intelligence to call the police and he didn't want to get caught.
He then got into his dad's jeep and drove to the young lady house that he had taken to prom just two weeks earlier and kidnapped her. He drove to his high school and held his Trigonometry class hostage until he was taken into custody.
Now for the reason that this kid did such a awful thing. It was because he was upset at his parents for taken away his weapons because he was failing English. What a sorry excuse to kill your whole family, that was 4 lives taken for absolutely no reason beside a 17 year old acting like a brat.
He pleaded guilty by reason of insanity and was sentence to life in prison without parole for 25 years. So that means that in 2019 he will be up for parole. He has not been a model prisoner. For some reason beyond me when he first went to prison he was in the minimum security at Ky Reformatory in LaGrange. Now the question I have is this nut just killed his whole family and you put him in a minimum security prison that is just crazy. But anyway he was moved to the maximum security prison the Eddville, Ky after he was found with a L-Shaped 10 inch stainless steel bar and a plan to escape.
Clay is 37 years old now and I wonder if he thinks about the looks on his sisters face when he took their lives. I am sorry but this man does not deserve parole. I don't buy his insanity plea, he knew exactly what he was doing that morning, he had it all planned out and in my opinion he is to insane to every be out of prison.
Now onto what the lady that lives on the street that Clay use to live on told me. She said that she has seen a little girl looking out of the window of the house when it was still empty. That most of the kids that live on that street are scared to walk on the same side as the house. They don't know that story of what happened in the house and they were not born when it happened but the kids say they feel like the house is watching them. She told me that her young granddaughter was playing and talking to someone that was not there and when she asked her who she was talking to she said Lauren. She told me, she thought that her granddaughter just made up an imaginary friend but when she told her what her friend looked like she said she described little Lauren Shrout to a T.
She said it scared the hell out of her but then she calmed down because she knew Lauren when she was alive and she knew she would not hurt her granddaughter. She said she feels that Lauren like the rest of the family died way to young and she just wants to be able to be a kid again.
I know when we drove by the house you kinda get a creepy feeling. This lady told me that after the killings happened you always heard strange sounds coming from the house and you could always see things. She said that to this day she still see and hear things at the house.
I am not going to disclose the address nor the street that this house is on out of respect for the owners that live there now.
I also would like to thank this very sweet lady who took the time to email me and tell me what she has seen and heard. I want her to know that I will never tell anyone who she is. I can understand why she does not want her name to come out.
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