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.