A California inmate has admitted to strangling the serial killer known as the I-5 Strangler in the cell they shared.
Jason Budrow, 40, claimed to have murdered the infamous killer Roger Kibbe, 81, in a five-page letter entitled “Ascension… May Their Souls Go To Heaven” to the local Bay Area News Group.
Kibbe, who strangled and raped at least seven women in the 1970s and 1980s, was found in his cell at Mule Creek State Prison southeast of Sacramento on February 28 while Budrow stood nearby.
An autopsy showed that Kibbe had been manually strangled, and officials ruled his death was a murder, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office said.
Jason Budrow, 40, (left) claimed to have murdered infamous killer Roger Kibbe, 81, (right) in a five-page letter entitled ‘Ascension … May Their Souls Go To Heaven’
An aerial photograph shows Mule Creek State Prison where Budrow claims he killed the serial killer. Budrow is now in solitary confinement
Budrow has claimed he killed his cellmate the night before, according to the outlet. He decided to kill Kibbe in November 2020 and spent months ‘grooming’ him before they were allowed to share a cell.
No charges have been filed for the death of Kibbe and the Investigative Services Unit of the prisons is investigating the incident.
Budrow, who was also convicted of murdering a woman, told the Bay Area News Group that he strangled Kibbe “ with a triangular stranglehold ” on the same day they became cellmates.
He originally wanted his own cell, but decided he was on a ‘mission to avenge the victims of Kibbe’ when he learned about him and ‘orchestrated’ his way to his cellmate.
“My actions were designed with specific intent, cognitive complexity, and were generally savvy than a haphazard kill,” Budrow wrote.
He added, “ What had started as my original bald plan to simply kill a cellmate to get my single-celled status evolved into a mission to avenge that youngest girl and all of Roger Kibbe’s other victims. ‘
Budrow claimed that after killing Kibbe, he cut “a rough inverted pentagram (with no circle around it)” into his body.
I inaugurated the beginning of the waning lunar cycle with its ‘death throws’ during a human sacrifice in a ceremonial tribute to the ‘God the Most High,’ said Budrow, who called The Press-Enterprise a ‘Satanist’ in a 2011 article
I-5 STRANGLER’S VICTIMS: Lou Ellen Burleigh (right), Roger Kibbe’s first known victim, and Darcie Frackenpohl – (left) a 17-year-old prostitute murdered by Kibbe, pictured before her death in 1987
Convicted ‘I-5 Strangler’ Roger Kibbe was strangled to death in Mule Street State Prison, according to an autopsy conducted by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office
Budrow wrote that he believes the souls of Kibbe’s victims “have been released from the possession of their murderer and I pray they now rest in peace.”
“As for me, I now have my single-celled status,” Budrow wrote.
He was transferred to the Administrative Segregation Unit, or solitary confinement, pending the investigation, according to a press release out of prison.
Burdrow challenged Acting California Attorney General Matthew Rodriquez to seek the death penalty, simply to test the theory that no jury would give him the death penalty for allegedly murdering his serial killer’s cellmate.
Should Amador County and / or the new California State Attorney General choose to pursue the death penalty against me for murder – someone with special circumstances (lurking, execution style, desecrating a corpse, whatever), then they can go ahead and ‘do that,’ ”Budrow wrote.
Budrow claimed that after killing Kibbe, pictured, he carved ‘a rough inverted pentagram (with no circle around it)’ into his body
“I’m going to test my theory that no jury will ever vote to see me executed for the murder of Roger Kibbe, the I-5 Stranger, during a penalty phase of my possible death penalty.”
Kibbe was initially convicted in 1991 of strangling Darcine Frackenpohl, a 17-year-old who had run away from her Seattle home. Her nearly naked body was found west of South Lake Tahoe below Echo Summit in September 1987.
Investigators then said they suspected him in other similar killings.
But it wasn’t until 2009 that a San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office investigator used new developments as evidence to link him to six additional murders in multiple Northern California counties.
Several of those victims were found along Interstate 5 or other highways in 1986. Kibbe was serving multiple life sentences for the massacres when he was murdered.
Authorities said they never stopped trying to prove he was responsible for more deaths. Investigators secretly took him on multiple field trips from the prison in the hope that he would reveal the whereabouts of more victims.
They would buy him an egg McMuffin and a Coke for breakfast, another Coke and a hamburger and chips for lunch, said Vito Bertocchini, the detective of a retired San Joaquin County sheriff and the district attorney’s investigator. to The Sacramento Bee.
Bertocchini spent nearly two decades chasing Kibbe and believes he must have killed others during the decade between his first and last known murders.
Investigators have said they found other women murdered and dumped with Kibbe’s trademark to cut his victims’ clothes in strange patterns.
He was eventually captured after Sacramento police said a possible victim had escaped and they recovered a garrote made from a pair of plugs and a parachute cord, along with scissors and other items.
Investigators said they attached the cord to the rope found near Frackenpohl’s body and Kibbe, all with microscopic dots of red paint.
Inmates at Mule Creek State Prison team up in a gymnasium adapted to house inmates on August 28, 2007 in Ione, California
DNA eventually linked him to two other victims, and he agreed to cooperate in exchange for prosecutors to dismiss the death penalty.
Kibbe has never admitted to committing murders other than those he was accused of, but Bertocchini said he never stopped trying to provoke a new confession.
Even after he retired in 2012, he sent Kibbe birthday and Christmas cards every year asking him to say something about other victims.
He and his longtime partner last visited Kibbe in prison in 2019, yet he didn’t want to admit any more victims.
Now it is too late, but Bertocchini called Kibbe’s death by strangulation “a fitting righteousness.”
“I don’t wish any harm to anyone,” said Bertocchini. “But I hope he remembered all of his victims while he was killed.”