From bad checks to bodies

Young Lafayette detective ‘connected the dots’ By John Aguilar Camera Staff Writer Some of the strongest praise of Gary Thatcher’s efforts to put Scott Kimball behind bars comes from an unlikely source — the criminal himself. “All credit goes to Detective Thatcher. He...

Chapter 13: Mounting Evidence

Hunter’s discovery of first body forces Scott Kimball to deal with prosecutors By John Aguilar Camera Staff Writer FBI Special Agent Jonny Grusing called Howard Emry at home on Oct. 29, 2007, and asked to speak to his daughter, LeAnn. “She’s been missing for nearly...

The Cleanup Man

FBI Agent Jonny Grusing “the right person” for the case By John Aguilar Camera Staff Writer Although the families of Scott Kimball’s murder victims are furious at the FBI for keeping him out of prison as an informant, they make a clear exception for...

Chapter 12: Connecting the Dots

Families, detectives discover there’s one man linking the missing victims By John Aguilar Camera Staff Writer The name stunned Rob McLeod. Twelve letters in black and white could be the key to his daughter’s disappearance. Kaysi had been missing for three years, and...

Chapter 11: Rockstar

Caught after California car chase, Kimball starts facing serious questions By John Aguilar Camera Staff Writer Barreling down a highway in California’s Coachella Valley, Scott Kimball grabbed his cell phone and called his girlfriend. It was March 14, 2006, and he was...