December 20th, 1993
Scott Kimball’s first son is born, to Kimball and his wife, Larissa Hentz.
December 20th, 1993
Scott Kimball’s first son is born, to Kimball and his wife, Larissa Hentz.
July 1st, 1997
Scott Kimball and Larissa Hentz, the mother of his two sons, get a divorce.
While Kimball largely managed to stay out of jail during the couple’s four-year marriage, he constantly had people chasing him down who felt cheated by him, Hentz said.
“It was not uncommon to have a process server on our porch every other week serving us papers,” she said. “He always had an excuse. It was never his fault.”
Hentz claims that Kimball slept with prostitutes, pulled off brazen logging scams, and swindled money from her dentist and the bishops at her church.
(Date is approximate.)
December 20th, 1999
LeAnn Emry pleads guilty to felony menacing in Arapahoe County District Court, after brandishing a gun and threatening to kill her husband and herself.
She is given a deferred two-year prison sentence, meaning she remains free if she stays out of trouble.
October 11th, 2001
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Wales is shot to death in his Seattle home. Police believe an assailant fired through the prosecutor’s basement window while he was working on his computer.
Scott Kimball will later tell federal authorities that he has information on the murder, which remains unsolved.
It’s unclear what details Kimball claimed to have in the case.
February 20th, 2002
Scott Kimball, locked up in the Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility in Alaska, tells a U.S. Secret Service agent that his cellmate, Arnold Flowers, and Flowers’ girlfriend, Sompong Khamsomphou, asked him to hire a hit man to kill a federal judge, federal prosecutor, and two witnesses.
Flowers and Khamsomphou are indicted by a grand jury the next month on charges of murder-for-hire, witness tampering and attempted murder of federal officials.
June 1st, 2002
Scott Kimball is transferred from the Alaska prison system to FCI-Englewood, a federal penitentiary in Littleton, Colo.
He had told federal authorities that seven Alaska inmates wanted to kill him for cooperating with the government.
September 4th, 2002
He tells an agent that his cellmate, Steve Ennis, asked him to kill a fellow drug dealer, and that Ennis’ girlfriend, Jennifer Marcum, would help.
February 17th, 2003
At 9:30 p.m. the night before her planned trip to Seattle with Scott Kimball, Jennifer Marcum has a last conversation with her boyfriend, federal inmate Steve Ennis. The call was recorded by the prison:
“You OK?” Ennis asked.
“You all ready to go?”
“Are you? Cool. Are you excited?”
“No, not really.”
“I don’t know.”
“You should be, you’ll have a nice time. … You taking a cab out to the airport?”
“Um, I’m not sure yet. I think I’m taking my car.”
“You’re gonna have fun up there. … What’s wrong?”
“I’ll see you next Thursday, huh?”
Marcum is never heard from again.
February 24th, 2003
Scott Kimball consults with the FBI for three days in Seattle concerning the unsolved murder case of Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Wales, who was gunned down in his Seattle home in October 2001.
May 15th, 2003
Scott Kimball receives his first recorded payment from the FBI: $600 for services.
Spokane County Superior Court in Washington issues a warrant for Scott Kimball’s arrest on probation violations.
Kimball, who’d been convicted of three felony counts of forgery in 2001 stemming from a 1999 case, failed to report to a supervisor with Washington’s prison system.
June 1st, 2003
Arnold Flowers and girlfriend Sompong Khamsomphou are convicted by a jury in Anchorage of criminal tampering with a witness. They are acquitted of the more serious charges of plotting a murder-for-hire, which Scott Kimball had accused them of orchestrating 15 months earlier.
Kimball testifies at the trial.
A month later, Flowers is sentenced to eight years in prison and Khamsomphou gets five years behind bars.
(Date is approximate)
June 20th, 2003
After a polygraph test determines Kimball is being truthful about seeing photos of Jennifer Marcum dead on a drug dealer’s computer, FBI Special Agent Carle Schlaff contacts prison officials in Washington state and requests that they quash their warrant for Kimball.
Kimball, Schlaff says, is a valuable informant in the disappearance of Jennifer Marcum and needs to be freed to help figure out where she might be.
A judge in Spokane agrees to quash the warrant, and Kimball is released from Denver County Jail.
August 14th, 2003
Scott Kimball is issued a Colorado driver’s license under the name Joseph Lee Scott, his FBI alias.
August 28th, 2003
The FBI pays Scott Kimball $18,000 for cooperating as a witness in the Alaska murder-for-hire case against Arnold Flowers and Sompong Khamsomphou.
The boyfriend-girlfriend team was convicted of criminal tampering with a witness, but acquitted of plotting to have four people killed.
May 7th, 2004
Jennifer Marcum is listed as a missing person in the National Crime Information Center database.
May 24th, 2005
Scott Kimball tells Lori McLeod that he’ll take a polygraph test to show that he’s not lying when he says he didn’t kill Kaysi McLeod or take her to the mountains back in August 2003.
He is tested at a private polygraph business in Englewood and passes.
August 1st, 2005
Still married to Lori McLeod, Scott Kimball starts dating 25-year-old Melissa Anderson, a waitress at a Perkins restaurant in Westminster.
Anderson later described Kimball as “gentleman-like” but also said he had an appetite for rough sex, including bondage.
(Date is approximate.)
August 28th, 2005
Jason Price, an alleged associate in Steve Ennis’ drug ring, tells the FBI that he suspects Scott Kimball was involved in the disappearance of Jennifer Marcum.
Two years earlier, Kimball had told the FBI that Price killed Jennifer and showed him pictures of her dead body.
Price says he only recently realized that Jennifer had gone missing.
September 7th, 2005
In its final recorded payment to Scott Kimball, the FBI gives him $50 to cover expenses.
September 28th, 2005
In another polygraph test about Jennifer Marcum, this one administered by the FBI, Scott Kimball is asked if he caused the disappearance of Jennifer Marcum.
His answers are categorized as deceptive.
October 8th, 2005
In a second face-to-face meeting, Scott Kimball returns Jennifer Marcum’s furniture and belongings to her parents, Bob Marcum and Mary Willis.
Kimball, who’s had Jennifer’s items since she disappeared in February 2003, is accompanied by FBI Special Agent Carle Schlaff.
They all convene in a strip mall parking lot in Broomfield for the exchange.
October 12th, 2005
Scott Kimball is sentenced to three years in prison for escaping from a pre-release center in Helena, Mont., in 2001 and stealing $677 from the gas station where he worked.
The prison sentence is suspended, and Kimball goes free on supervised release.
November 24th, 2005
Scott Kimball meets Denise Pierce, then 30, while visiting his brother, Brett Kimball, in California’s Coachella Valley. They begin dating.
(Date is approximate.)
December 4th, 2005
Scott Kimball wrecks his 1999 Jeep Cherokee and receives $10,799.16 in insurance proceeds 11 days later.
Investigators would later discover fake lien-release documents Kimball used to fool the insurance company into believing that he owned the vehicle outright.
And Lori McLeod would tell police that she heard her husband talking about purposely wrecking the vehicle to collect insurance money.
December 16th, 2005
Scott Kimball goes to the Lafayette Police Department to report that his white box trailer — filled with grilling equipment and coolers — has been stolen from outside his office at 801 S. Public Road.
He later collects $10,000 in insurance claims on the trailer.
December 23rd, 2005
Using pilfered personal financial information from family friend and Lafayette optometrist Cleve Armstrong, Scott Kimball begins moving thousands of dollars over the phone from Armstrong’s money market account to Armstrong’s checking account.
Over the next three weeks, he transfers $83,000 between accounts, then uses several accomplices to forge nearly $55,000 worth of checks to Kimball’s companies: Rocky Mountain All Natural Beef and Rocky Mountain Cattle Company.
When Armstrong returns from vacation in mid-January, he will immediately point police in the direction of Kimball, who had an office in the basement of the 801 S. Public Road building shared by Armstrong and Kimball’s mother.
December 28th, 2005
Anderson, of Thornton, fills out the paperwork, and Kimball lays out the cash.
He told Anderson he would teach her how to hunt, but once she buys the gun she never hears from him again.
January 12th, 2006
Once Lafayette optometrist Cleve Armstrong calls police about his missing money, Scott Kimball leaves the state.
He ends up in California’s Coachella Valley, where he stays in a rented casita with Denise Pierce, his 31-year-old girlfriend.
January 16th, 2006
Lafayette police detective Gary Thatcher is assigned to investigate the Cleve Armstrong check-fraud case.
He starts looking for Kimball, but to no avail.
January 20th, 2006
Lafayette police detective Gary Thatcher searches the basement of 801 S. Public Road in Lafayette, where Scott Kimball had been running a beef business.
He finds sheets of practice signatures; bogus subpoenas regarding the assault case against Kimball’s wife; and a counterfeit lien release for a Jeep — complete with company letterhead and an altered seal from his mother’s notary stamp — that Kimball had used to cash in on insurance proceeds after wrecking the vehicle the previous month.
January 26th, 2006
In investigating Scott Kimball for stealing $55,000 from optometrist Cleve Armstrong, Lafayette police Detective Gary Thatcher interviews Kimball’s now-estranged wife, Lori McLeod, and learns that her daughter has been missing for more than two years.
Lori McLeod says she has long suspected that her husband played a role in Kaysi’s disappearance.
February 1st, 2006
Scott Kimball is officially deactivated by the FBI as an informant.
It’s not clear exactly when or why, but at some point in the fall of 2005, Special Agent Carle Schlaff had been removed from the case.
February 3rd, 2006
A federal arrest warrant is issued for Scott Kimball for violating his supervised release on his 2001 Alaska check-fraud case.
Kimball’s probation officer says he failed to check in and had left Colorado on unauthorized trips.
February 16th, 2006
Scott Kimball and his girlfriend, Denise Pierce, go to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah to shoot guns.
Pierce would later identify the handgun they used as part of a federal firearms case against Kimball.
February 24th, 2006
Lafayette police detective Gary Thatcher finds the trailer reported stolen by Scott Kimball the previous December hidden at Kimball’s former Adams County home.
Kimball had already collected $10,000 in insurance claims.
March 14th, 2006
Scott Kimball leads a contingent of U.S. marshals and Riverside County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through California’s Coachella Valley.
Reaching speeds up to 80 mph, he cranked Nickelback’s “Rockstar” through the speakers of the Ford F-350 and called his girlfriend, Denise Pierce.
She told Kimball to stop and turn himself in, but he refused, insisting the cops would kill him because he knew too much.
Kimball drove the full length of the valley in a televised chase, eventually turning onto dirt roads, careening through orchards and rolling over irrigation pipes in a farmer’s field in Mecca, Calif., just north of the Salton Sea.
Low on gas, he finally stopped but wouldn’t surrender for several hours.
He has not been out of prison since.
April 21st, 2006
Kaysi McLeod is entered into the missing persons database by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
May 22nd, 2006
He’d been arrested on a federal warrant in the case after a car chase and standoff in California two months earlier.
June 7th, 2006
Lafayette police detective Gary Thatcher interviews Scott Kimball for the first time, while Kimball is held in Boulder County Jail for a brief period.
The conversation centers on optometrist Cleve Armstrong’s check-fraud case.
June 29th, 2006
Jennifer Marcum’s parents unveil a billboard outside of Shotgun Willie’s, the Glendale strip club where their missing daughter worked.
The billboard attracts media coverage, and in an interview with Denver’s Westword newspaper, Bob Marcum intentionally mentions Scott Kimball as an acquaintance of Jennifer’s.
Marcum had learned Kimball’s real name shortly after his surreal meeting with “Joe Snitch.”
Reading a Westword article about a billboard erected for Jennifer Marcum, Rob McLeod spots Scott Kimball’s name.
McLeod’s ex-wife is still married to Kimball, who lived with their 19-year-old daughter, Kaysi McLeod, when she went missing three years earlier.
McLeod calls Jennifer’s father, Bob Marcum, who mentioned Kimball’s name to the Westword reporter as an acquaintance she stayed with before vanishing.
“Now we’ve got two people missing, and there’s only one commonality — Scott Kimball,” McLeod said.
August 16th, 2006
Still in jail after his California car chase, Scott Kimball’s suspended sentence in his 2001 Montana theft and escape case is revoked and he is ordered to serve his remaining time — nearly two years — behind bars.
Bob Marcum, who has flown out to Colorado, meets with Rob and Lori McLeod to search for clues to their daughters’ whereabouts.
They drive to Scott Kimball’s former condo in Lakewood, where Jennifer had left her furniture, and talk to the manager there.
They scope out his former Adams County property, and a nearby field where Kimball had run cattle. A pit on the property contains the bones of slaughtered cows.
Convinced that Kimball has claimed more victims, Marcum asks the others: “Is there anyone else Scott Kimball has been around who you’ve never seen again?”
In fact, Lori McLeod responds, Scott’s uncle Terry had vanished a couple of years ago after living with them for several weeks.
“She said it like she had never thought about it before,” Marcum said.
(Date is approximate.)
November 9th, 2006
After Bob Marcum and Rob McLeod meet with the FBI about their missing daughters, Special Agent Jonathan Grusing is assigned to investigate the missing-persons cases surrounding Scott Kimball.
Working with Lafayette police detective Gary Thatcher, Grusing launches an exhaustive investigation, looking for clues that Kimball had transitioned from a white-collar criminal to a serial killer.
February 7th, 2007
His girlfriend, Denise Pierce, identifies the handgun as one she saw Kimball shooting recreationally on an outing. The rifle was purchased for Kimball at a Thornton Wal-Mart by another girlfriend, Melissa Anderson, in December 2005.
April 10th, 2007
FBI Special Agent Jonny Grusing and Lafayette police Detective Gary Thatcher find a receipt from North Park Supers grocery store, dated Aug. 24, 2003 — the day after Kaysi McLeod vanished — in boxes of old documents and receipts belonging to Scott Kimball.
They also find Kaysi’s date book and a map of the North Park area.
April 23rd, 2007
Dale Stewart, Scott Kimball’s former Adams County landlord, admits to investigators that he lied when he told Lori McLeod he had seen her daughter driving around the property after she disappeared in August 2003.
Stewart said Kimball asked him to lie.
June 4th, 2007
Earlier in 2007, two guns belonging to Kimball had been found at a friend’s house in California. Kimball was prohibited from owning firearms according to the terms of his federal probation on an earlier check fraud case.
In a search of Scott Kimball’s Toshiba laptop, the FBI finds a search of the term “Jennifer Marcum missing” and pictures of various women, including LeAnn Emry, although investigators don’t yet know who she is.
They also find 291 graphic images “depicting women clothed and unclothed, being assaulted, forced into violent sexual activities or raped, bound and gagged, feigning or posing as being dead and threatened at gunpoint or knife point.”
The search finds that Kimball logged into Internet sex sites as “Beefman1996″ and visited multiple rape video Web sites, including “Brutally Raped Young Girls,” “Rape Island TGP,” and “Japanese Girl Rape.”
June 30th, 2007
Scott Kimball is interviewed by FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing and Lafayette police detective Gary Thatcher at the Cascade County Detention Facility in Great Falls, Mont.
Asked about the disappearances of Jennifer Marcum, Kaysi McLeod and Terry Kimball, he offers to provide information about Jennifer and his uncle if given immunity for his white-collar crimes. Kaysi, he tells the investigators, is still alive.
During the six-hour interview, Kimball makes statements like: “I can’t incriminate myself any further” and “I wish I could be honest with you.”
September 29th, 2007
Bushwhacking through a dense section of Routt National Forest in the shadow of Little Haystack Mountain, a hunter finds a human skeleton.
“If I hadn’t been at that exact spot at that time of the morning with the sun glinting off the skull, I would not have seen it,” said the hunter, a Brighton resident who asked that his name not be used. “Something happened. Somebody wanted me to find it.”
With snow in the forecast, the hunter ties a rope to a tree to mark his find, packs the skull carefully in his backpack, and continues his trek.
He calls 911 the next day, and the Jackson County coroner takes possession of the remains, thought to belong to a young woman.
The Sheriff’s Office writes up a full report, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is notified, but news of the find doesn’t reach the FBI for six months.
October 11th, 2007
Investigating Jennifer Marcum’s disappearance, FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing and Lafayette police detective Gary Thatcher interview Steve Ennis, who shared a cell with Scott Kimball at FCI-Englewood while dating Jennifer.
Ennis — being held at a federal prison in Seagoville, Texas — tells the investigators of another former FCI-Englewood inmate with an eerily similar story.
Like Ennis, this inmate had become friends with Kimball behind bars in 2002. Like Ennis, he had put Kimball in touch with a girlfriend upon his release.
Both women went missing within weeks.
Talk to Steven Holley, Ennis told the investigators.
Holley, the inmate who had dated LeAnn Emry, had never had his own plea for an FBI interview granted.
October 29th, 2007
FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing calls Howard Emry at home in Payette, Idaho, and asks to speak to his daughter, LeAnn.
“She’s been missing for nearly five years now,” Emry replies.
He tells the agent he fears LeAnn was killed back in January 2003.
Find “Hannibal,” he says. “That’s who murdered my daughter.”
October 31st, 2007
FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing and Lafayette police detective Gary Thatcher interview Steven Holley at the federal prison in Florence, Colo.
They learn that his girlfriend, LeAnn Emry, had been with Scott Kimball in the month before she disappeared on Jan. 29, 2003.
Holley, who spent time in the same unit as Kimball at FCI-Englewood in 2002, said Kimball went by the name “Hannibal.”
November 19th, 2007
Investigators find Kaysi McLeod’s Subway hat in a trailer owned by Scott Kimball. It is found in a black bag containing six zip ties, two rolls of electrical tape, and women’s shoes.
January 22nd, 2008
Scott Kimball pleads guilty in federal court in Denver to one count of possessing a firearm as a felon. He is scheduled for sentencing five months later.
Nagged by a $17.95 grocery store receipt found in Scott Kimball’s possessions, FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing decides to take a closer look around Walden, Colo.
The receipt — dated Aug. 24, 2003, one day after the disappearance of Kaysi McLeod. — came from the North Park Supers store in the tiny northern Colorado mountain town.
Scott Kimball, who said he was alone in the mountains the day Kaysi disappeared, had later told Grusing that she might have overdosed on drugs somewhere on national forest land.
Grusing calls the Routt National Forest district office in Walden to ask for a map of the area, and a receptionist tells him it costs $8.
In no mood to fill out an expense sheet, Grusing asks to talk to someone higher up the chain of command.
He tells supervisor Sue Yeager he’s with the FBI and is searching for human remains. She says she’ll get some maps out right away.
Then, almost as an afterthought, she tells him to talk to the coroner. A skull, likely belonging to a young female, had been discovered by a hunter six months earlier in a remote area southwest of town.
“When she told me that, I pretty much knew it was Kaysi,” Grusing recalls.
An initial DNA analysis 2 1/2 weeks later will point to the same conclusion.
July 9th, 2008
A final DNA analysis at the FBI’s lab in Quantico, Va., identifies the remains found in Routt National Forest the previous fall as those of Kaysi McLeod.
Investigators, along with Kaysi’s family, will return to the site looking for evidence, but nothing is uncovered.
July 17th, 2008
In a search of Scott Kimball’s former Adams County home, at 14701 Huron St., investigators find bloodstains in the living-room carpet, carpet pad and floorboards. They cut out samples and sent them to the FBI lab for analysis.
October 3rd, 2008
Lori McLeod’s marriage to Scott Kimball is declared invalid.
Married since Aug. 31, 2003, the couple had separated years earlier.
December 17th, 2008
Boulder County prosecutors make a deal with Scott Kimball.
He pleads guilty to stealing $55,000 from Lafayette optometrist Cleve Armstrong as a habitual offender, and is sentenced to 48 years in prison.
In exchange, prosecutors draw up a memorandum of understanding in the missing-persons case. If he will lead investigators to the bodies of Jennifer Marcum, LeAnn Emry and Terry Kimball, he will only face a single count of second-degree murder.
They will otherwise pursue a first-degree murder conviction, punishable by life in prison without parole or the death penalty. But that will be difficult with only one set of remains — Kaysi McLeod’s — that show no evidence of the cause or manner of death.
For prosecutors Amy Okubo and Katharina Booth, the deal represents their only chance of finding the missing victims.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that without his help,” Booth said. “It was a deal with the devil.”
January 27th, 2009
Scott Kimball draws authorities a detailed map to the spot near Vail Pass where he left his uncle Terry Kimball’s body. But a search will have to be postponed until the snow melts in the high country.
Kimball later tells FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing that Uncle Terry’s body — stashed in the woods in his clothing, tennis shoes and eyeglasses — is wrapped in a grey tarp bound by about 100 feet of nylon rope.
February 23rd, 2009
Scott Kimball leads investigators and FBI agents on a hunt for bodies in eastern Utah, where he claims LeAnn Emry and Jennifer Marcum are buried.
Kimball and investigators pore over computer-generated maps and satellite photos in an effort to narrow down the search field. No remains are found.
March 11th, 2009
During a second hunt for bodies, Scott Kimball leads investigators to a wash in Bryson Canyon.
FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing is the first to find a bone and then additional remains. They are later determined to be LeAnn Emry’s, based on DNA from her parents, Darlene and Howard Emry.
Boulder County prosecutor Katharina Booth said coming upon Emry’s bones was extremely emotional and moving.
A fragment of a brass-jacketed bullet is found the next day in the area where LeAnn’s skull would have been located when she was killed.
In a separate search for Jennifer Marcum’s remains, which Kimball insists are nearby, nothing is found.
Amy Okubo, also a chief deputy with the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, said Kimball knows exactly where Marcum is and was simply “messing with us.”
April 21st, 2009
Scott Kimball participates in a third search for bodies, insisting that Jennifer Marcum is buried in the same area of eastern Utah that LeAnn Emry’s remains had been found the previous month.
But no new discoveries are made, and Kimball tells the FBI that Jennifer may be buried as far as 60 miles away from the site being searched.
Jennifer’s body has still never been found.
Investigators suspect that Kimball may be hanging on to the information as leverage, as a way of extracting something of value from someone somewhere down the road.
“If he thought giving up Jennifer’s remains would benefit him, he would say where they are,” FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing said.
Kimball says the FBI won’t provide him the resources to find Jennifer.
“From day one I told the FBI that finding Jennifer would be the hardest to find,” he wrote in response to questions from the Camera. “I’m willing to keep looking.”
May 11th, 2009
Without Jennifer Marcum’s body, Boulder County prosecutors revoke their deal with Kimball.
In a December 2008 “memorandum of understanding,” Kimball had agreed to lead investigators to the bodies of LeAnn Emry, Jennifer Marcum and Terry Kimball. In return, he would face only one count of second-degree murder.
In a letter to Kimball’s public defenders, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett writes that Kimball is considered “in breach” of the deal.
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A fragment from a brass-jacketed bullet found near LeAnn Emry’s remains in Utah’s Bryson Canyon is determined to be consistent with the .40-caliber Firestar handgun Scott Kimball owned.
The bullet fragment is found right where Emry’s skull would have been located, according to authorities.
June 1st, 2009
Bloodstains found the previous summer in the carpet of Scott Kimball’s former Adams County homes test positive as a match for his “Uncle Terry,” based on a DNA sample from Terry Kimball’s daughter.
June 4th, 2009
Lafayette optometrist Cleve Armstrong, who had been a Kimball family friend, succumbs to cancer.
Scott Kimball’s attempt to steal tens of thousands of dollars from Armstrong four years earlier led to an investigation that eventually brought Kimball to justice.
June 29th, 2009
With the snow melted in Colorado’s high country, a search party follows a map drawn by Scott Kimball to a logging road near Vail Pass.
There, Lafayette police Detective Gary Thatcher finds Terry Kimball’s body wrapped in a gray tarp. He appears to have been shot through the head.
A bullet fragment found at the scene is later found to be consistent with Scott Kimball’s .40-caliber Firestar handgun.
Scott Kimball pleads guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of LeAnn Emry, Jennifer Marcum, Kaysi McLeod and Terry Kimball, and is sentenced to 70 years in prison.
In an emotional hearing at the Boulder County Justice Center, the victims’ families finally have a chance to face the man who killed their loved ones.
LeAnn Emry’s mother said her daughter was “no more important to him than the carcass of a dead animal.”
“He made the deliberate choice to murder, and he made that choice at least four times,” Darlene Emry said through tears.
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October 20th, 2009
Scott Kimball is sent to Sterling Correctional Facility to start serving his 70-year prison term.
He could first be eligible for parole in 38.5 years, at age 81, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections.
“I won’t spend the rest of my life in prison, ” Kimball later told the Camera through his cousin. (See story.)
Those are the desperate words of a man with nothing left to do but “sit in prison and rationalize his sentence and minimize his crimes,” Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett responded.
Garnett said he’s confident Kimball will die in prison.
January 15th, 2010
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver upholds Scott Kimball’s 70-month prison sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Kimball had challenged the June 11, 2009, sentence, claiming that his ownership of a rifle was legal under the “sporting exception” in federal law because he used the weapon to ward off coyotes targeting his cattle on his Adams County property.
But the appeals court found that Kimball had lied during his testimony at the sentencing hearing and that the evidence indicated he wasn’t using the rifle solely for sporting purposes.
February 26th, 2010
In a search of Scott Kimball’s cell in the Sterling Correctional Facility, an FBI agent finds several fraudulent documents.
Claiming that Kimball used discovery from his own case to create the fake FBI papers from behind bars, Boulder County prosecutor Katharina Booth files a motion trying to prevent Kimball from accessing anymore hard-copy files.
She contends Kimball disseminated the doctored reports to the media in an effort to show that other people were involved in the deaths of his four victims.
The Camera received several of Kimball’s bogus documents in late 2009. One had the plural header “Federal Bureau of Investigations.” It featured a February 2006 interview with Steve Ennis at the federal prison in Beaumont, Texas. However, U.S. Bureau of Prisons officials said Ennis was never housed at the Beaumont facility. FBI Special Agent Jonny Grusing, who purportedly conducted the interview, was still nine months away from being assigned to the case.
March 1st, 2010
In his first televised interview from prison, Scott Kimball tells Fox 31 News in Denver that he’s not a traditional serial killer, and there were reasons for every murder.
“I’m a cleaner,” he says. “I clean up somebody else’s mess. I make bad situations go away.”
He hints that he was involved in a vast criminal conspiracy that led to his victims’ deaths — a theory debunked by investigators — but insists he’s still a good person.
“Even a good guy can have a bad side,” he says. “We all make choices. I chose to be an outlaw.”
His only regret: “That I let my kids down.”
March 13th, 2010
Kaysi McLeod is laid to rest in Wheat Ridge, 6 1/2 years after Scott Kimball murdered her, and a few weeks after the FBI returned her remains to her family.
About 200 friends and well-wishers — including Howard Emry and Bob Marcum, whose daughters Kimball also killed — attend a memorial service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Kaysi’s divorced parents, Lori and Rob McLeod, walk down the aisle together as their 19-year-old daughter’s flower-draped casket is wheeled toward the altar.
“Life was not always easy, but her glass was always half full,” says Mike Harmon, a Baptist pastor and Lori McLeod’s half-brother. “She knew the Lord. She’s with him today.”
Then, the congregation gathers graveside in Crown Hill Cemetery as Kaysi is placed in the ground.
March 29th, 2010
Ted Peyton, who was convicted of sexually abusing Scott Kimball in the 1970s and 1980s, registers with Boulder County as a sex offender after concerned mothers in Nederland contact the Sheriff’s Office about the fact that he is not registered.
Cmdr. Rick Brough, with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, said he wasn’t certain why Peyton wasn’t made to register in 1996, when he finished his prison sentence in the sex abuse case.
“I’m thinking that when he was released, a lot of the rules that are in place now weren’t in place then,” Brough said. “That’s why he slipped through. Things have tightened up over the years.”
August 14th, 2010
The Denver Post reported that Scott Kimball is a potential suspect in “several” unsolved disappearances.
The FBI disclosed the fact that investigators are looking at specific cases after the paper tried to obtain a memorandum dissecting the bureau’s handling of Kimball as an informant. The bureau refused to release the internal report.
Several law enforcement sources had told the Camera they believed Kimball was likely involved in other missing-persons cases, but they did not confirm that any investigations were ongoing.
September 29th, 2010
An advance copy of a book written by Scott Kimball’s cousin, Ed Coet, includes an excerpt of a jailhouse interview that appears to directly tie Kimball to the brutal 2004 murder of a woman whose dismembered body was dumped in Westminster.
Catrina Renee Powell, who was last seen alive on East Colfax Avenue in Denver on Oct. 24, 2004, was found dead the next day behind a strip mall at 7530 Sheridan Blvd. in Westminster.
Her hands had been cut off, and she had severe head injuries.
An autopsy report from the Adams County Coroner’s Office, which became public in September 2010, revealed that Powell had chemical burns on her body and that her cause of death included strangulation. Prior to the autopsy report becoming public, investigators working on the case hadn’t disclosed the existence of chemical burns and hadn’t revealed the exact cause of her death.
Kimball’s account comes from a May 2009 interview that FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing conducted with an inmate who was housed with Kimball in Park County, according to the book.Powell’s sister-in-law, Dachelle Powell, confirms to the Camera that investigators have told her Kimball is being investigated for the murder.
The FBI refuses to comment.
October 16th, 2010
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office says it will begin looking into whether Kimball played a role in the unsolved murder of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found near Nederland’s Barker Reservoir in 1984.
Sheriff Joe Pelle said his department never had reason to suspect Kimball in the murder of Tracy Marie Neef, who vanished after her mother dropped her off at school in Thornton on March 16, 1984. Her body was found later that day in a grassy area about a quarter-mile west of Barker Dam.
A report from Fox 31 News, stating that Kimball had told his cousin that he helped bury the body of a girl near Nederland, prompted him to see if there’s a connection between Neef’s murder and Kimball.
The FBI declines to comment.
Kimball, who would have been 17 at the time Neef was abducted and killed, was living with his father and attending high school in Hamilton, Mont. But he regularly traveled back to Colorado to visit his mother.
It’s not clear if he was in the state the day Neef was murdered. However, Kimball had spent a lot of time with a Ted Peyton, who owned a cabin on the shore of Barker Reservoir not far from where Neef’s body was found. Peyton was later convicted of sexually assaulting Kimball and served six years in prison for the crime.
At least one detail from Kimball’s alleged account doesn’t match the facts of the case — Neef wasn’t found buried but rather lying on her side, clothed in her jeans and T-shirt.
October 21st, 2010
Investigators who have been looking into the unsolved murder of Seattle federal prosecutor Tom Wales for nine years — a case for which Scott Kimball had once been an informant — turn their attention to Kimball himself as a possible suspect.
An anonymous law enforcement source tells the Camera that Kimball is under investigation in the Oct. 11, 2001 murder, in which someone standing in Wales’ backyard in Seattle fatally shot him through his basement window.
This becomes the fourth known cold case into which authorities are looking that involves Kimball as a possible suspect.
A timeline the Camera assembled of Kimball’s whereabouts in the latter part of 2001 is incomplete, but shows that he spent time in Seattle around the time Wales was killed.
An arrest report from Nov. 7, 2001, shows that Kimball was picked up by Cordova, Alaska, police on suspicion of forging thousands of dollars of checks in his brother’s name. The report states that Kimball had opened a Wells Fargo bank account in Seattle into which he attempted to cash bogus checks that appeared to come from his employer, a Seattle-based fishing company.
Investigators also reported that Kimball admitted he had “hypothetically” purchased blank check stock at an Office Depot in Seattle before his arrest.
In a book about Kimball, titled “SLK: Serial Killer,” his cousin Ed Coet wrote that Kimball spent a period of time in Seattle recuperating from an injury he sustained on a fishing boat.
Coet wrote that Kimball’s mother, Barb, visited her son in Seattle and stayed with him in a hotel as he recovered from his fishing injury. She doesn’t recall the exact dates she was there, Coet said Thursday, but she remembered that it was fall of 2001.
Kimball told Coet that after he was arrested in Alaska in early November 2001, he used information about the Wales murder to play the FBI. Gleaning whatever information he could about the case off the Internet, he convinced authorities that he had overheard a couple of inmates talking about Wales. He said solving the murder of a federal prosecutor was a top priority for the FBI and they listened eagerly to what he had to say.
The most significant clue the FBI has gotten on the Wales murder case over the last decade came in 2006, when the bureau’s office in Seattle received an anonymous letter from the purported killer. The writer said a woman had hired him to shoot Wales and that he took the job because he was broke.
The letter was sent from Las Vegas and was postmarked Jan. 23, 2006. Kimball had left Lafayette about a week earlier, when he realized authorities were going to launch an investigation into a massive check fraud scam he had committed. He was bound for southern California, but it’s unclear whether he stopped in Las Vegas on the way.
When Coet asked his cousin if he had killed Wales, Kimball denied it.
“If I did, do you think I’d tell you?” Kimball is quoted in Coet’s book. “You don’t just go to jail for killing a federal prosecutor. You get executed for that sort of thing. But if anybody ever asks you, my answer is no.”