‘I-5 Strangler’ found strangled to death in his cell in California prison

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Roger Reece Kibbe, known as the “I-5 Strangler” (California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation)

IONE, Calif. — Officials say a California serial killer who strangled and raped at least seven women was fatally choked himself in a state prison.

Roger Reece Kibbe, known as the “I-5 Strangler” in the 1970s and 1980s, was spotted unresponsive in his cell Sunday at Mule Creek State Prison southeast of Sacramento.

His 40-year-old cellmate was standing nearby.

An autopsy showed the 81-year-old Kibbe had been manually strangled.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office is calling the death a homicide.

Investigators secretly took Kibbe on multiple field trips from prison in hope that he would reveal the whereabouts of more victims.

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