Simants Could Be Released from Psychiatric Care

Posted 1 year ago

By Scott Carlson

erwin-simants(AP) — A man once convicted of killing six members of a western Nebraska family should learn next month whether he can leave the state psychiatric hospital.

Erwin Simants was found guilty of killing the six in 1975 outside Sutherland. The decision was overturned on appeal. Simants later was found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to the Lincoln Regional Center, where he’s been held.

A Lincoln County judge is reviewing evidence presented at a recent hearing. He’s expected to rule Oct. 24 on Simants’ bid for freedom.

Robert Lindemeier is Simants’ attorney, and he says four doctors and a treatment team have examined the 67-year-old Simants and have concluded that he’s no longer mentally ill. Lindemeier says that means that, under Nebraska law, Simants is entitled to be released.

Q: Do you think Simants should be released? (Post your answer in the “comments” of this post)


  • roaddog

    no way should this man ever walk free!

    Current score: 21
  • vikings

    H*ll No he killed 6 people including Children, he should be taken out back and shot!!!!!!

    Current score: 21
  • http://msn crossfire

    absolutely not ever should he be released!!!! He killed 6 people he shouldn’t have got to live this long

    Current score: 19
  • resident np

    If he is let free, he will probably kill again.

    Current score: 11
  • Joyce James-Wood

    No way on this earth should he be let free. If I remember he also sexually assault a couple of the victims. Where is their right in this day and age. He should have been put down many years ago.

    Current score: 18
  • Linda

    no way he didnt feel sorry for the Henry Kelly family. he raped the little girl so keep him where he is

    Current score: 18
  • Lana

    Absolutely NEVER. I was a little girl and he killed a WHOLE row of my Sunday school. The pastor’s family. I had nightmares for years and I have never forgotten that name, since I was 10 years old!

    Current score: 19
  • ShakingMyHead

    BS…..he will kill again.

    Current score: 8
  • Just a Mom

    NEVER is when he should be released. I did not know the Kelly family, but I remember that night and us kids were home alone (because Dad was at work) and we were terrified.

    Current score: 10
  • upset fan

    He was way before my time but my dad told me the story of this a$$ hole. He should be shot. Leave him in jail.

    Current score: 9
  • Deb Smith

    HELL NO!!!!! He is only 67 years old and he can still hold a gun and shoot more people – I don’t care if he is mentally ill or not – he killed 6 people he should die just like he did to those people. And you can’t tell me he was mentally ill when he killed those people the first time. Look at the picture he is a smug guy and doesn’t care what he did. He NEEDS TO DIE!

    Current score: 15
  • vicke

    NO WAY!!!!!! No longer mentally ill????? Yah right.He is still sick!

    Current score: 10
  • Ralph Mouth

    HELL NO!!!! He raped Florence. And in order to try to cover that up he killed them. That is not a mental illness, that is the sign of someone trying to cover something up. Florence was my little brothers friend. We lost both of them within six months of each other. This pedophile murderer should have been in the general population in prison and prison justice should have taken place. He has only faked mental illness to stay out of the regular prison. This worthless piece of crap should have been in prison for the rest of his life. We have the then Sheriff Hop Gilster partially to thank for him not being there. I am not sure if Audrey is still alive but I hope she has a chance to speak against this.

    Current score: 19
    • Sylvia

      I am a daughter of Audrey. She is still alive and she attended the hearing this week in Lincoln to represent her family. They are gone but never will be forgotten.

      Current score: 30
      • Ralph Mouth

        I have never forgotten. Thank you Sylvia.

        Current score: 17
  • ………

    Since when is okay to murder and rape adults and children and be able to walk free! Way to go “justice” system. What a crock of crap. You know damn well a man capable of doing all that once will do it again. Prayers for that poor family.

    Current score: 10
  • ok?

    HELL NO! Those people that lost there life that day for no apparent reason got there life cut short by some psychopath 8 ….. 8 people died an that’s supposed to be excused when people kill 1 person and get locked up for life! I don’t think that is a good idea.

    Current score: 9
  • Bobbi

    He should never be allowed to become mentally ill and do the same crimes again.

    Current score: 9
  • Melanie

    SHOULD HE VE RELEASED??? HOW DOD HIS CONVICTION GET OVERTURNED?????

    This man befriended this family!! They trusted him!!! They never thought he would ever harm them and you want to let him FREE???

    I don’t see how in heavens name the courts overturned the iriginal ruling. Isn’t EVERYONE INSANE IF THEY MURDER JUST ONE PERSON, let alone an entire family?????

    The fily he murdered felt sorry for h and look where it got them!!!!!

    NO! NO! NO!

    Current score: 3
  • E.

    Well, if they let him out, Throw his a** in Jail were he Belongs! Since he is no longer “Mentally Insane” Then he can go to jail and do his time now!

    Current score: 17
  • And Then?

    I am ashamed at all the “he should die” comments… this is the court system we take pride in as Americans… let him walk. Let him live his life. He killed some people and raped a girl when he was mental insane. If that is how the courts see it I stand behind this man. Some of you people in this town scare the crap out of me… I have seen the calling for the murder of people on here over theft, rape, lying, past murders, taxes, ect. Grow up and move on. I am sorry for the victims and the family of the victims but the man has fulfilled his debt to society, let him carry on. Or go “take him out back and shoot him” like so many of you keep saying you would or will or should. I swear it is like the monkey cage at the zoo.. crap flying everywhere because some guys who cant read too good got a computer and feel the need to be laptop lawyers. Good luck with your bloodlust.

    Current score: 6
    • Ralph Mouth

      Why should he live his life? Is the Kelly family living their lives?

      Current score: 21
    • http://NorthPlattePost Saywhat

      One might assume you are not very familiar with this case. This was pre-meditated rape and murder, he planned these crimes and the cover-up. Only a terrible miscarriage of justice prevented this man receiving the death penalty that he deserved. He never was mentally ill…he was a pedophile.

      Current score: 16
    • Really???

      He should have got the death penalty as far as i am concerned! I agree with the comment above if he is not mentally ill anymore than he should have to be put in prison with the other pedophiles and murders! Mental illness “gone” or not he should not be let out unsupervised when he murdered 8 PEOPLE! Be sad for him, and I will be praying for the family where the most sadness lies! ugh i just can not believe you could stand up for a man who raped a child then killed that childs entire family. You are disgrace, we have a justice system so that people like this should never roam the streets again. Hope he looks ya up to be your friend when he gets out!

      Current score: 14
      • And Then?

        Are you threatening harm to my family? or better yet wishing harm? This is the kind of back wood red neck bigot north Platte thinking “If you dont think the same way as me you should die” Post your name on here next time you wish ill will on someone and their family, dont hide behind a pseudonym when being a douchebag All I said is this is how the court works.. wishing death on a man is stupid. Makes you no better then the man who commited the crimes.

        Current score: 2
        • Really???

          I would never wish harm on anyone! Especially the sick stuff this guy did but since you think he is “cured” and should be let out to live his life i have to ask these questions of you! would you live next to him? would you let him befriend your family, would you invite him to dinner?? the answer more than likely is NO. you would not want to put your family in danger. Mental illness never goes away, but maybe you can be his friend and make sure he takes his meds..And as far as the back wards thinking of np i agree there are some, but my thinking he should have got the death penalty is the thinking of most of this country! You kill someone you should receive the same punishment!

          Current score: 8
    • rowdy1

      If it was your family that he murdered and raped your little sister, would you feel the same? He would of got life, or worse, if he hadn’t been mentally ill. Now that he is sane, he should go to prison.

      Current score: 14
    • stfu

      I agree this town sure can be a lynch mob. On thing I disagree on though, this man has not fufilled any debt to society. He was treated as a mental patient instead of paying his debt. However, he was found Not Guilty by reason of insanity, so if he gets out they can’t just take that back and say now you are guilty. Sounds to me like long ago a mistake was made in the legal system, and today a murderer may walk free because of it. Maybe this man has spent the last 50+ years regretting his crime and will cause no harm, maybe he got away with murder and will do it again. Will we get the chance to find out? I hope not.

      Current score: 5
      • stfu

        (excuse my bad math I thought it was in the 60s)

        Current score: 0
        • c’mon man

          It was in the 70s.

          Current score: 0
  • jen t.

    He is not insane, he is pure evil. And there’s no cure for evil.

    Current score: 14
  • nra

    And then is a fruit cake! If that was your family you would be singin a different tune. Its funny how a mental illness just vanishes seems sketchy to me

    Current score: 9
    • Ralph Mouth

      I agree nra.

      Current score: 3
    • And Then?

      FruitCake? Post your name when insulting someone or maybe you are the little B*tch.

      Current score: 1
  • marcia collins

    ABSOLUTELY NOT! He took the lives of six innocent people, he should rot in prison

    Current score: 9
  • DUH

    A mental illness can not just go away. It can be masked with medication. and who’s not to say this guy wont have the itch to kill again when he gets out? I know that if I was forced to take medication for the last 30+ years I would sure as hell would not want to take it as a free man. This is so scary. keep his ass locked up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Current score: 8
    • Kelly Rowedder

      !00% Agree!!!!

      Current score: 1
  • http://crome hsiato

    If he is released I hope someone sodomizes and kills him. In fact, I would provide the ammo for the job free of cost.

    Current score: 2
    • WhatIsWrongWithPeople

      You’re disgusting. Wishing rape and death on someone. You’re no better than him you sick POS.

      Current score: 2
  • city girl

    Wow!! I was 6 when this happened and it was always one of the scariest things I had ever heard of since it happened so close! Would be freaky to know he was roaming the streets!!!

    Current score: 4
  • PB

    I know nothing of this case and do not think he should be set free, but you people act just as nuts as he is. You want to see him murdered and sexually assualted, some have even suggested they would be party to the murder by supplying the ammo. A miscarriage of justice is no justification for the loss of civility and humanity that has come across in these posts. I suggest that many of you could use a psych eval for wanting to commit murder and the enjoyable thoughts you are entertaining on thinking this man would be sodomized. So a bunch of sickos want to see one of their own, a fellow sicko killed after he is sexually assaulted. You people need the Lord. Repenet now, even hate is considered murder by God. So this thread is filled with murderers!

    Current score: 3
  • I tell you this….

    He needs to stay where he is to get the care he needs. If he is to be released then where will he go to insure he will get the care he needs so he do not have another “slip” into mental illness.

    Current score: 3
  • Kelly Rowedder

    I wonder if this had happened to your families would you still be sticking up for this person?? He planned out these murders, he sat in the house and waited for them to come home, He took a gun and killed 6 innocent people. No way in hell should he EVER be released!!! My prayers go out to this whole family!!

    Current score: 6
  • diana

    I don’t think it’s any more fair to Mr Simants than it is to the public for him to be set free. He has been institutionalized, (shelter, food and medical care has been provided to him) for almost 40 years. Is he even capable of surviving the 21st century on his own? My memory is a little sketchy, but I’m not sure he even has a high school education. He probably isn’t hirable and I doubt he qualifies for Social Security. In the best interest to society, I think he should remain institutionalized.

    Current score: 15
  • sad day

    I think the emails and IP’s of all the parties saying they will help kill this man need to be turned over to the police per the patriot act.

    Current score: 3
  • Lucky8

    His release is a yearly issue, it’s always been ruled against. You can almost count on it being ruled against once again. These same reactions come up year after year. Relax.

    Current score: 2
  • big bad

    I know Audrey and she is a wonderful women . she should not have to go to Lincoln every year and fight this monsters release. he should never get out. just put the dude in general population tell every one what he did and problem solved.

    Current score: 2
  • Tamela

    WWJD? Or in other words, WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

    Current score: 0
    • PB

      Jesus would forgive him and make him a new creture in Christ IF he repented of his sins toward God and put his faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. When this would happen God would then pardon him on Christ account and forget his sin, casting it behind His back, burying it in the deepest sea and seperating it as far as the east is from the west. That is what Jesus would do, but if he did not repent Jesus would cast him into Hell and then the Lake of Fire for all eternity. The wrath of God already abides upon him and all men who do not repent toward God and put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for them.

      Current score: 1
  • ………

    Who in their right mind would think hes “cured”… you don’t kill 6 people (a family you befriended at that) and just take a time-out for 40 years to get over it! Some of you must be tree huggin hippies or something. I totally believe in an eye for an eye… then i MIGHT get to keep some of my tax money and it not go to give CRIMINALS A roof over their head, 3 square meals a day and cable tv. This p.o.s deserves to rot in prison and if you think differently YOU are the crazy one!

    Current score: 3