Scott Kimball at age 5 or 6. (Courtesy Ed Coet)
Scott Lee Kimball is born at Boulder Community Hospital to Virgil and Barb Kimball.
He would grow up in Old Town Lafayette, attending Lafayette Elementary and Lafayette Middle schools.
“He wasn’t one of the popular kids,” said Tina Goeden, 42, who went to elementary school with Kimball. “He was pretty quiet.”
But police knew early on that Scott Kimball could be trouble.
Lafayette police Cmdr. Mark Battersby remembers responding to a call involving the adolescent Kimball within a few years of joining the force in 1976.
The boy had gotten a hold of one of his father’s guns and was shooting out of his home, hitting other houses, Battersby said.
“I knew he was going to be a handful.”
Kimball also attended Centaurus High School in 1981, but withdrew after one month and moved to Montana.
On a hunting trip with his brother in western Montana, Scott Kimball puts the barrel of a .30-30 rifle against his forehead and pulls the trigger.
The bullet, which glances off his skull, combines with the backblast from the shot to tear a hole in his forehead.
He remained in critical condition for several days and remains visibly scarred to this day.
Kimball’s cousin Ed Coet says Kimball “was never the same” after the suicide attempt.
“It’s like he lost his conscience,” Coet said.
In the wake of the shooting, the truth about the sexual abuse he endured as a child emerges.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office investigates.
(Date is approximate.)
Theodore Peyton is convicted of molesting Scott Kimball and another boy a decade earlier at his Nederland cabin.
A Boulder County jury deliberates less than three hours before finding Peyton guilty of six counts of sexual assault on a child.
“The effect of this defendant’s behavior haunted them for years and still haunts them,” the prosecutor says of the victims.
Theodore Peyton is sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting Scott Kimball and another boy a decade earlier.
He would spend five years, three months and two weeks in prison before being released on Oct. 6, 1996.
Writing to a Boulder district judge considering a sentence reduction for Peyton in July 1992, Scott Kimball said the crimes “cost me and my family very dearly.”
“Ted Peyton denied me my right to a normal, healthy innocent childhood,” Kimball wrote. “Because of Ted Peyton’s selfishness and his need for sexual gratification he has damaged my life forever.”
Peyton, now 74, still lives in the Nederland cabin where he molested the boys in the early-1980s.
“That was a long time ago,” Peyton said when asked recently about the abuse.
Turning slowly, he walked back up the driveway to his home on the northern shore of Barker Reservoir.
Read Kimball’s letter to the court. (PDF)
Boulder County prosecutors Katharina Booth, left, and Amy Okubo, dubbed by Scott Kimball as "the Boulder bitches," pose in Courtroom Q at the Boulder County Justice Center. (Marty Caivano / Camera)
Boulder County prosecutors Amy Okubo and Katharina Booth, assigned to the Lafayette check-fraud case against Scott Kimball, meet with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Denver, asking for a wider investigation.
Lafayette police Detective Gary Thatcher had found out about Kaysi McLeod’s disappearance, and had also been told by FBI Special Agent Carle Schlaff that Kimball might be connected to the disappearance of Jennifer Marcum.
But neither federal agency launched a missing-persons probe.
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Boulder County Jail. (Camera file photo)
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.
A check forged on Cleve Armstrong's account. (Courtesy Lafayette police)
Boulder County issues a warrant for Scott Kimball’s arrest on suspicion of theft, forgery and false reporting.
The charges stemmed from the theft of $55,000 from Lafayette optometrist Cleve Armstrong.
In the course of that investigation, police also found a trailer on Kimball’s former property that he had reported stolen two months earlier.
Kimball had already collected a $10,000 insurance claim for the trailer.
Kimball's mug shot. (Rocky Mountain News)
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.”
Read the Rocky Mountain News article.
Boulder County DA Stan Garnett. (Camera file photo)
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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Scott Kimball at his sentencing hearing in the Boulder County Justice Center. Camera file photo
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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Ted Peyton's sex offender registry photo, taken March 29, 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.”