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The Monster in Her Bed


Kim Stage Bourgeois and I connected because we have something uglyuglyugly in common.

Our sisters’ were murdered by narcissistic, monstrous men.

Here is Kim & Kelley’s Story:


~~On September, 2015, I answered the phone and heard, “Kim, Kim, Kelley is dead!” That was the beginning of this horror story, the murder of my beautiful sister, Kelley Stage.

My sister, Kelley, was my baby. She was 10 years younger, and I absolutely adored her. She was the best gift my parents ever gave me. (sorry to my younger brother, Lenny, whom I also love.)

My sister met the so-called love of her life in 2003 or 2004. It truly doesn’t matter. It was love at first sight for her. I remember thinking it was like a fairytale.

Little did I know she fell in love with the DEVIL.

Soon after we got to know the monster, I recall how arrogant, self-centered, and in love he was with himself.

And he also loved all of the attention he received during his stint in minor league hockey.

My sister married the monster in 2006.

I stood up for her as she took her vows, the same vows that would eventually kill her.

Life continued and my sister seemed happy. The monster was financially doing well and he never lost when he gambled. Just ask him. Everything always worked out for him. He would go away for weekends and return with lavish gifts for my sister.

Those gifts covered his many infidelities.

My sister had two beautiful children; a girl and a boy.

I remember questioning her about the monster’s flirty ways and his arrogance. Her response was, “That’s just Tom. Look at how good my life is!” Little did she know that the monster was planning her murder as he was too cowardly to do it on his own.

He was actually in my house eating dinner the week before he had my sister murdered.

My sister had gone to bed Monday night after putting her kids to bed.

She was awoken at approximately 11:30 PM by being stuck in the head with a handle of an ax.

The first hit was supposed to render her unconscious. It didn’t.

She jumped up pushing the intruder and ran. She was yelling for her daughter to run, too.

Her daughter tried to wake her mother up, but she lay there dying. She took her little brother from his crib and hid in her room until her daddy miraculously appeared.

The murderer called 911.

He never tried to help my sister.

He called me and said, “Kim! Kim! Kelley is dead.”

What kind of monster hires somebody to kill his wife while his beautiful children are home?

Thomas Scott Clayton was found guilty of murder in both the first and second degree on 2/22/17 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His appeal was affirmed on 8/22/19.

The other monster who brutally murdered my sister was Michael Beard. He stated, “Tom told me not to burn down the house with the children inside.

What a guy.

My husband and I are raising my sister’s beautiful children, which I thank God for daily.

My pain has now become my passion.

There are many forms of Domestic Violence.

My sister’s abuse was financial and mental.

She was beat down and settled for things she NEVER would’ve settle for.

Silence ALLOWS Violence.

I will forever be her VOICE.


Kelley’s Big Sister.

Kim Stage Bourgeois

Clarification from Kim: ( I would like to clarify that Thomas Clayton TOLD Michael Beard to burn down the house knowing that his wife and children were inside. Michael Beard the hired hit man was the one who would not burn the house down with the kids in it. He would kill Kelley but not her children)

Thank you, for sharing, Kim. I Love you. Xx

Do you have a story to tell?

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    Elephants Child
    October 19, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Sadly too many of us women welcome monsters into our beds, our heads, our hearts.
    My heart aches for them.
    Huge thanks to you and to Kim and to every one who speaks out. I firmly believe that you have saved lives. And prevented other families from enduring the pain you live with.
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    October 19, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Very sad Kim, what a sick ass—–.

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    Joan A Peterson
    October 19, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    This is another awful and tragic story of domestic abuse leading to death. I feel her pain and Kim is now in a club of people like you, Kim Robinson, and me, whose sister’s have been murdered- not a club we chose to join. Thanks for having Kim tell her story. Stories are the way we will make change happen.

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    Minnesota Prairie Roots
    October 19, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    I am deeply sorry for both of you dear Kims losing your sisters to such I can’t even find a word for them men. I am deeply grateful for both of you dear Kims and your powerful voices that are rising LOUD AND STRONG. Thank you.

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    October 19, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    This is just sad AF! So many sick monsters out there….we need to fight back hard!
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    Mandy Frielinghaus
    October 20, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Love and hugs to Kim from sunny South Africa.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    Lady Fi
    October 20, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Such a moving and very sad story.
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    lisa thomson
    October 20, 2019 at 11:05 am

    My skin was crawling as I read this. Such an important read though as it’s much easier to pretend these horrific things don’t happen or that the people who commit the crimes are random and unknown.
    It takes a great deal of courage for Kelley to share her sister’s story to help others, just like you are doing, Kim. You both are the voices for the victims. Sending love to you both today and all days. xxoo
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      lisa thomson
      October 20, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Pardon me, “It takes a great deal of courage for KIM to share her sister’s story…”

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    Marie Kléber
    October 21, 2019 at 5:25 am

    This story brought tears…
    But what I see is the power within Kim and You. Your voice is killing the silence around those tragic murders.
    You’re brave.
    Sending much love to both of you.
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    October 22, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Golly, what a sad story. Thank you for sharing it here, Kim. What kind of monster hires a hit man to kill his family and burn down the house?? There must be a special place in Hell for such insanity.

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    Christine Carter
    October 27, 2019 at 8:27 am

    This makes my stomach boil in anger and disgust. Thank God those precious kids have such a loving and strong aunt to care for them. This is heartbreaking and horrifying. Saying sorry just doesn’t convey my outpouring of sadness for Kim.

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    November 12, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    What a heartbreakking story – yet both of you are strong enough to tell it…I must admit that I am somewhat at a loss for words…
    Thank you endlessly for sharing and caring and standing up!
    Sending much love your way xxx

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    November 12, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    What a heartbreakking story – yet both of you are strong enough to tell it…I must admit tat I am at a loss for words…
    Thank you endlessly for sharing and caring and standing up!
    Sending much love your way xxx

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