I am a relative of this man through marriage...It is mentioned his wave of crime started when he was 19. This is untrue. At 16yrs old he killed my husbands father, Eddy's own brother in law-which he apparently considered a dear friend and family. At that time it was believed it was self-defense...my husbands father, whom many have simply forgot, was named Edward 'Shakey' Kauffman. Apparently, Shakey caught Eddy stealing merchandise out of his car and proceeded to 'teach him a lesson' and began beating up young Eddy. Well, conveniently, Eddy pulled out his knife and stabbed his sisters husband, his toddler nephew daddy, deep in his heart-killing him. And deemed it 'self-defense.' He served a short time&upon his release, he continued his reign of terror. Beating up and robbing defenseless elderly ppl and probably killing and terrorizing more than we will ever know. Through all of the recent news of his death, ive noticed they recount all his past crimes and the terror he inflicted on people. And one story even mentions he had been in trouble with law in one way or another since the age of 19. I felt compelled to write after reading this. A wonderful young man lost his life to him before he could fully enjoy his life and there is no mention of this. A woman was a widow before the age of 20, a young boy was fatherless at only 2 yrs of age--he has no memory of his father. Knows only that his uncle killed him. Not that his Daddy loved him, was beaming with pride the day he was born and was looking forward to teaching his young son to talk, throw a ball, teach him right from wrong. Yes Shakey Kauffman was very much looking forward to watching his young son grow up....but his own wifes brother took that from him. And through all the horrors that Eddy Conner left behind him as he terrorized the nation, through all the news coverage of his bank robbery and death, his prior crimes 'from 19yrs on...' there is no mention of the first life he took. No mention of how he destroyed his own family. Broke his sisters heart of her happily ever after and his nephew chance at a normal childhood, leaving him with absolutely NO memory of the Daddy who loved him so, the Daddy he never knew....so when one decided to research this monster...start at the BEGINNING. Had it been 'self defense' wouldnt he have tried to repent? Try to be there for his sister and nephew? NO, he walked out of prison and picked up where he left off and laughing all way knowing he got away with it.
Thank you for your reply. It means a great deal to us. I just want it to be acknowledged about Edward "Shakey' Kauffman. I imagine the reasoning so few people were unaware of Eddy taking this great man from his loved ones was because he was under the age of 18. I believe had this crime occurred today and not in 1974, with forensics&crime scene reconstruction, he would have been tried as an adult and he would have been sentenced to life. I would like to believe, that would have been the end of it. Nonetheless, he DID escape from a prison at one point and whos to say that still would not have occurred? I would like to believe maybe justice could have prevailed. Still, it would have broke his mothers heart (yes, he has a mother&she is a dear, sweet woman whom unbeknownst to her gave birth to a baby boy was not well and was in fact, a monster.) thank you for sharing my post and giving Edward 'Shakey' Kauffman the respect and dignity he always deserved...and, well, just the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of his mere existence. He was a good man who deserved so much more than he got. His widow, to this DAY-loves him w/as much passion and desire as she did the day she met him&she misses him terribly. I cannot even IMAGINE how tortured her poor soul has been through the years...the love and loyalty for her little brother wanting to believe it was an 'accident' but always pondering whether or not it was true and the love and loyalty for her true love and wanting justice, wanting someone to PAY for her broken shattered heart yet still having to 'act' like everything is ok for the sake of her confused little 2yr old boy who wants to know where Daddy is, yet knowing he is not old enough to comprehend the truth nor will he retain an memory of what a wonderful man he was. Again, thank you for helping bring his memory to the forefront.