Ruby Klokow denied parole in 1957 murder of her infant daughter

SHEBOYGAN (WITI) -- Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco announced Wednesday, October 16th that Ruby Klokow, who was convicted of the 1957 murder of her infant daughter in 2013 and sentenced to 10 years in prison under the sentencing laws in effect in 1957, was recently denied parole.

DeCecco noted that Klokow was eligible for parole after serving only six months of her sentence under 1957 law, but her release on parole was denied and her next parole eligibility date is set at October 21, 2015, DeCecco said, citing the Wisconsin Department of Corrections website.

According to DeCecco, police reopened the 1957 “accidental death” of Klokow’s infant daughter, Jeaneen, after her son, James Klokow, went to police in 2008 with his suspicions as to the cause of his infant sister’s death, a death Klokow had blamed on him all his life.

After an almost three year “cold case” investigation, which included a disinterment of Jeaneen’s body for evaluation by a forensic pathologist,  and multiple interviews with relatives and siblings still living, Klokow was charged with Second Degree Murder under 1957 law.

The investigation also revealed Klokow’s frequent physical abuse of her other children as well as her siblings.

“It’s been a long road for the dedicated detectives who reopened this case and an even longer road for her son James who was only two years old at the time of Jeaneen’s death,” DeCecco said. “She will now serve at least two years in prison before she is considered for parole again. I can only hope that James, who was blamed all his life for the death of his sister by Klokow, can begin to find some sense of closure and peace in that justice for Jeaneen was done even though it took some fifty-five years.”