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California serial killer spared execution, killed in prison

This photo provided by the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation shows inmate Roger Reece Kibbe, 81.

A California serial killer known as the "I-5 Strangler" in the 1970s and 1980s has been killed in prison.

Posted: Mar 1, 2021 3:40 PM

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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