How you can navigate this site:
The Camera designed “Free to Kill” to allow readers to explore the Scott Kimball serial-murder case with as much flexibility as possible.
To read the full 15-day series, click on Home or The Series in the toolbar above and pick a chapter. Within each chapter, links to relevant extras will help you learn more.
To customize your reading experience, click on Chronology above for a full, interactive exploration of the life of Scott Kimball and his victims. You can use the tags within each post to narrow your reading, by finding out, for example, all of the events that happened in Alaska or pertaining to theft.
Using the graphic to the left, you can click on Scott Kimball to read just about his life, or even specific aspects of it, including killer, father and informant. Click on any of the murder victims’ names to read specifically about their lives.
How we reported this project:
Camera reporter John Aguilar spent three months interviewing Scott Kimball’s former associates, friends and wives; victims’ family members and friends; and prosecutors and law enforcement involved in this case. He combed through hundreds of pages of police reports, court transcripts and court affidavits, and examined evidence including photos, receipts, e-mails and personal letters.
All accounting of past events is supported by documentation or interviews.
Although the FBI withheld most of its case files, the Camera pieced together an account of Kimball’s work as an informant through public documents and interviews. Despite legal efforts, many federal court documents remain sealed.
Scott Kimball answered some questions by mail, but did not grant an in-person interview for this series.
The Camera would like to thank the victims’ families for opening their homes to us, and sharing their stories and photos. Thanks, too, to FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing, Lafayette police Detective Gary Thatcher and Boulder County prosecutors Amy Okubo and Katharina Booth for helping make sense of the reams of public documents in this case.
Thanks to the Camera staff for making this project possible, especially reporter John Aguilar; Web designer Nick Switzer; editors Amy Hebert, Elizabeth Mattern Clark and Kevin Kaufman; print designer Joe Prentice; photo and video director Paul Aiken; and Dave Burdick and Matt Sebastian for their Web help.