Who murdered Levi Frady?

Editor’s note: The feature image showing the likeness of Levi Frady in a rain-filled pit is not real. It is an artist’s rendition based on a detailed description given by Rev. Larry Kelly who found the boy while he was hunting in Dawson Forest on October 23, 1997.

Today marks the 22nd year that four law enforcement agencies have failed to find the person who murdered 11-year-old Levi Frady and dumped his body in a rain-filled pit in Dawson Forest. Levi was shot three times–once in his upper body and twice in the head, according to authorities familiar with the case.

Since I began investigating Levi’s murder more than four years ago, I’ve been told it wasn’t safe for me to keep going back into Dawson Forest. I’ve been threatened with law suits. I’ve been stonewalled and lied to. But, I’ve also been handed envelopes with confidential documents.

As a career investigative journalist, and the former Editor-in-Chief of the Dawson News & Advertiser, I’ve interviewed dozens of law enforcement authorities who would lose their job for talking to me about Levi Frady. The case is still “open” preventing them from discussing it on the record.

I’ve seen grown men cry over the Frady case; a cousin’s heart has never healed, and two grandmother’s hearts are still broken.

One of Levi’s grandmothers keeps asking me, “Who would murder a little boy? He was just so sweet. Why would anyone want to hurt him?”  So, I made a promise to her that I would never stop investigating this case. “I hope I get to know who killed my grandson before I die,” she told me. I hope I can fulfill her desire.

It is difficult. Some of my own questions go unanswered.

God tells us to wait

Even though it has been 22 years, the community has had an unwavering faith in God. Their home is in Him. In Psalms 22, God tells the faithful to wait.

St. Matthew 19:13-15

Then were there brought

unto him little children, that

he should put His hands on them,

and pray: and the disciples rebuked


But Jesus said, Suffer little

children and forbid them not

to come unto me: for such is

the Kingdom of Heaven.

And he laid his hands on

them and departed thence.

St. Matthew 9:27-30

And when Jesus departed

thence, two blind men followed

him, crying, and saying, Thou

son of David, have mercy on us.

And when he was come into the house, the blind men came

to him: and Jesus saith unto

them, Believe yet that I am able

to do this? They said unto him,

Yea, Lord

Then He touched their eyes,

saying, according to your faith

be it unto you.

And their eyes were opened.

The community’s faith in Jesus is as great as the two blind men.

The Bible promises you that God will keep his word. 

Levi at Piano

Pslams 150 2-4

Praise Him for his mighty acts. Praise him with the sound

of the trumpet; praise him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with

stringed instruments and organs.

His murder leaves those who loved him wondering, what kind of musician would Levi, the man, have been today? Could he have been a great pianist? An inspiring minister? A husband, and a father?

Age progression picture of Levi Frady
Professional age progression showing Levi as he would look at age 30.

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