Roger Kibbe

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Roger Kibbe
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Born Roger Reece Kibbe
(1939-05-21) May 21, 1939 (age 78)
Residence Mule Creek State Prison
Nationality American
Other names I-5 Strangler
Occupation Furniture salesman
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment
Criminal status Imprisoned
Conviction(s) Murder (March 18, 1991)

Roger Reece Kibbe (born May 21, 1939)[1] is an American serial killer known as the "I-5 Strangler".[2][3] Kibbe found all but one of his victims on the freeways around Sacramento, California. On May 10, 1991, Kibbe was sentenced to 25 years to life imprisonment for the murder of Darcie Frackenpohl to serve his time at the Pleasant Valley State Prison.[2][4]

In 2003 Kibbe accompanied prosecutors and detectives to a dry creek he remembered to try to find the body of Lou Ellen Burleigh, whom he had discarded 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 was sentenced to an additional six life sentences, this time for the murders of Lora Heedick, Barbara Ann Scott, Stephanie Brown, Charmaine Sabrah, Katherine Kelly Quinones, and Lou Ellen Burleigh.[3]

In 2011 a detective returned to the Burleigh dump site on his own, found a bone in the creek, and DNA testing proved it to be Burleigh's.[5][6][7][8] Burleigh had left her Walnut Creek, California home in 1977 for a job interview but never returned.[3][8]

Kibbe kidnapped his victims, tied them up 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.[9] Then, he raped them and strangled them to death.[10] Kibbe also cut off most of the hair of his victims to remove the duct tape before leaving the scene of the crime.

Known victims[edit]

  • Lou Ellen Burleigh, 21. – killed on September 11, 1977
  • Lora Heedick, 20. – killed on April 21, 1986
  • Barbara Ann Scott, 29. – killed on July 3, 1986
  • Stephanie Brown, 19. – killed on July 15, 1986
  • Charmaine Sabrah, 26. – killed on August 17, 1986
  • Katherine Kelly Quinones, 25. – killed on November 5, 1986
  • Darcie Frackenpohl, 17. – killed in 1987
  • Karen Finch, 25 (Kibbe suspected)

In Popular culture[edit]


The book "Trace Evidence: The Hunt for an Elusive Serial Killer" (1998) provides the portrayal of a depraved and unrepentant serial killer whose own brother was a homicide detective in a neighboring state. The book includes hundreds of interviews of people close to the case, including Kibbe's wife and key crime investigators.[11]


Kibbe's forensic evidence used in his conviction is reported on an episode of the series Forensic Files "Knot for Everyone", season 3: episode 2, aired: October 1998.[12]

MSNBC released the documentary "Profiling Evil" where forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz interviews Roger Kibbe in prison, aired: 18 November 2012. The interview was part of Kibbe's plea deal to avoid a death penalty.[13][14]

The series On the Case with Paula Zahn dedicated an episode on Kibbe's crimes titled "Deadly Offer", 42 min, aired: 8 May 2016. Host, Zahn interviews family members of the victims, detectives, criminalist, the prosecutor and a forensic pathologist.[15][16]


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  2. ^ a b Ramsland, Katherine (May 10, 1991). "Roger Reece Kibbe: The I-5 Strangler — The Strangler and the Court". truTV. Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Admitted Serial Killer Helps Police Search for His 1st Victim". Daily Press. Virginia. Associated Press. October 3, 2009. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "California IN BRIEF : SOUTH LAKE TAHOE : Man Sentenced in 'I-5 Strangler' Case". Los Angeles Times. May 12, 1991. 
  5. ^ "'I-5 Strangler': Deputy tracks down remains of Lou Ellen Burleigh, slain by serial killer in 1977". Los Angeles Times. June 29, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "WCPD: Lou Ellen Burleigh's body found after 34-years". Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ Ramsland, Katherine. "Roger Reece Kibbe: The I-5 Strangler — New Developments". truTV. Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Lou Ellen Burleigh's remains found 34 years later". Daily Mail. June 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Ramsland, Katherine (May 10, 1991). "Roger Reece Kibbe: The I-5 Strangler — A Witness". truTV. Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ Ramsland, Katherine (May 10, 1991). "Roger Reece Kibbe: The I-5 Strangler — Drug Money". truTV. Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ Henderson, Bruce (1998). Trace Evidence: The Hunt for an Elusive Serial Killer. New York, NY: Scribner. ISBN 9780684807089. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "Forensic Files: Knot For Everyone | TVmaze". October 1998. Retrieved 22 January 2018. In 1996 a woman named Stephanie Brown was driving some friends home to a foreign part of town. She took a wrong turn on Interstate 5 to get home and was later found dead in a flooded irrigation ditch. 
  13. ^ "Profiling Evil | Dr. Park Dietz Interviews the I-5 Strangler". PARK DIETZ & ASSOCIATES. 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2018. Under the terms of a plea agreement in which he was spared the death penalty, Kibbe agreed to speak to detectives and forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz and to show them where he had hidden the remains of one of his victims. 
  14. ^ "Profiling Evil | MSNBC". NBC UNIVERSAL. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  15. ^ "Deadly Offer | On the Case with Paula Zahn". Discovery Communications, LLC. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  16. ^ "On the Case With Paula Zahn - Season 7 Episode 8: "Deadly Offer"". TWC Central. Retrieved 22 January 2018. After coming to the aid of a stranded roommate, Stephanie Brown's car is found abandoned on the interstate and her body is later discovered floating in an irrigation ditch, the victim of sexual assault and murder. [dead link]

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