California serial killer known as the ‘I-5 Strangler’ killed in prison, CDCR said

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This photo provided by the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation shows inmate Roger Reece Kibbe, 81. Kibbe a serial killer known as the “I-5 Strangler” in the 1970s and 1980s has been killed in the prison where he was serving multiple life sentences, state correctional officials said Monday, March 1, 2021. Kibbe, was unresponsive in his cell at Mule Creek State Prison southeast of Sacramento shortly after midnight Sunday. (CDCR via AP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California serial killer known as the “I-5 Strangler” in the 1970s and 1980s has been killed in prison.

State correctional officials said Monday that a correctional officer spotted 81-year-old Roger Reece Kibbe unresponsive in his cell at Mule Creek State Prison after midnight Sunday.

His cellmate was standing nearby. Kibbe was initially convicted in 1991 of strangling a 17-year-old who had run away from home in Seattle.

Investigators at the time said Kibbe was also a suspect in six other murders. In 2009, a San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office investigator used new developments to connect him to the old slayings.

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