Roger Kibbe

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Roger Kibbe
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Kibbe in a 2004 prison photograph
Born
Roger Reece Kibbe

(1939-05-21)May 21, 1939
DiedFebruary 28, 2021(2021-02-28) (aged 81)
Cause of death Homicide by strangulation
Other namesI-5 Strangler
OccupationFurniture salesman
Criminal status Deceased
Conviction(s) First degree murder with special circumstances (6 counts)
First degree murder
Criminal penalty6 life sentences without parole plus 25 years
Details
Victims8+ (7 convicted)
Span of crimes
1977–1987
State(s) California

Roger Reece Kibbe (May 21, 1939 – February 28, 2021) was an American serial killer and rapist known as the "I-5 Strangler". [2] [3] Kibbe found all but one of his victims on freeways around Sacramento, California. In 1991, he was sentenced to 25 years to life imprisonment for the death of Darcie Frackenpohl. [2] [4]

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Criminal investigation and incarceration

Kibbe was first arrested for assault and battery in 1987 after attempting to handcuff prostitute Debra Ann Guffie. Guffie fought back and a police officer heard her screaming. With Guffie's testimony, Kibbe was convicted and sentenced to 8 months in jail, during which time police put together the murder case against him. [5]

Kibbe was arrested in 1988 for murdering Darcie Frackenpohl the previous year. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. In 2003, he accompanied prosecutors and detectives to a dry creek he remembered to try to find the body of Lou Ellen Burleigh, whom he had killed in 1977. In 2007 a detective searched the area again. In 2009, Kibbe again returned to the site with detectives. Burleigh's body was not found, and a grand jury was convened. [3]

After a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty, on November 5, 2009, Kibbe pleaded guilty to the murder of six other women and was sentenced to six additional life sentences. [6] [3]

In 2011, a detective returned to the Burleigh dump site on his own and found a bone in the creek. DNA testing proved it to be Burleigh's. [7] [8] [9] Burleigh had left her Walnut Creek, California, home in 1977 for a job interview, but never returned. [3]

Kibbe kidnapped his victims, tied them up with parachute rigging cord and silenced them with duct tape. He then proceeded to cut open their clothes in irregular shapes with scissors that had belonged to his mother. Sometimes he garroted his victims with the parachute cord with which he skydived. [10] Then, he raped them and strangled them to death. [11] Kibbe also cut off most of the hair of his victims to remove the duct tape before leaving the scene of the crime. [12]

Death

Kibbe died at approximately 12:40 a.m. on February 28, 2021, in Mule Creek State Prison. [13] [14]

An officer made the discovery; Jason Budrow (cellmate), 40, was present at the scene. Budrow, a self-avowed Satanist who was serving a life sentence for the 2010 strangling death of 48-year-old Margaret Dalton, claimed he had murdered Kibbe to avenge his victims. He has been charged with first degree murder with special circumstances for killing Kibbe, albeit prosecutors said they will not seek a death sentence against him. [15] [16] Budrow was given a second life sentence for Kibbe's murder and is currently charged with the August 2023 attack on Paul Flores, who was the murderer of Kristin Smart. [17]

On March 3, 2021, the Amador County Sheriff's Office released the results of Kibbe's autopsy report, showing that he had died from manual strangulation. [18]

Known victims

In media

Kibbe's forensic evidence used in his conviction is reported on an episode of the series Forensic Files, "Knot for Everyone" (aired: October 1998). [33]

Discovery channel TV show The New Detectives covered the murder of Darcie Frackenpohl in the episode titled Scattered Clues (aired on October 19, 1999)

In 2002 the television show I, Detective aired an episode focusing on the murder of Stephanie Brown. [34]

MSNBC released the documentary "Profiling Evil" where forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz interviews Kibbe in prison (aired: November 18, 2012). The interview was part of Kibbe's plea deal to avoid a death penalty. [35] [36]

The series On the Case with Paula Zahn dedicated an episode on Kibbe's crimes titled "Deadly Offer". The episode aired on May 8, 2016. Series host Paula Zahn interviewed family members of the victims, detectives, criminalist, the prosecutor, and a forensic pathologist. [37] [38]

Australian TV program 35 Serial Killers the World Wants to Forget also look into the case of Kibbe by the perspective of lead detective Ray Biondi (aired on March 6, 2020) [39]

Oxygen Network aired The Mark of a Killer: Pattern of Murder about the Kibbe case on February 17, 2019. [40]

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