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From the Rink to the Brink: A Hockey Wife’s Murder

The town of Caton, New York is home to many scandals. There are only about 2,100 people living there, after all. Newsworthy stories from Caton typically involve town name changes, flash floods from the beginning of the 20th century, and a town hall fire in ’72. The point is that after centuries of being an eventless small town, this happened.

Thomas Clayton and police officer / Kelly and Thomas Clayton / “Justice for Kelly” signs

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It was the fall of 2015, and suddenly the town of Caton was swarming with terror, confusion, and news teams. A 35-year-old woman, mother and hockey wife named Kelley Stage Clayton was found clubbed to death in her family home. What happened, and who would do such a thing? All signs were pointing to her hockey player husband, Thomas Clayton.