Article on Kimberly King

Nancy Grace has done a cold case feature on Kimberly Alice King, a twelve-year-old who disappeared from Warren, Michigan in 1979. The article has a better photo of her.

There is speculation that Kimberly’s disappearance may be linked to a series of still-unsolved child murders going on in the area at that time. The killer was called “The Babysitter” because he held his victims for days after abducting them and fed, bathed and otherwise cared for him before he killed them. I remember reading somewhere that one missing boy’s mother went on TV, promising that if her son returned home, she would cook him a chicken dinner. This was apparently his favorite food. When the boy’s body turned up, he had chicken in his stomach. Curiously, one of the victims had the last name King, though he wasn’t related to Kimberly. King is a pretty common surname, though.

One major difference between Kimberly’s disappearance and the Babysitter murders, though: their bodies were left in plain sight and were found quickly, whereas Kimberly has never been found.

I think it is a heck of a coincidence to have Kimberly disappear and the child serial killings going on in the same area at the same time. But that’s not enough to indicate she was a victim of the Babysitter. A thought: apparently this man kept his victims around until he got tired of them. Possibly for some reason he never got tired of Kimberly, and she’s living in a Jaycee Dugard like situation now? That’s probably the best we can hope for.

8 thoughts on “Article on Kimberly King

  1. Kat April 7, 2010 / 12:13 am

    The other one (name) was Timothy King. And I think it was KFC. TK’s father, who’s name I shamefully don’t remember, did an in depth interview in E!’s coverage of the case. It was very, very sad. One reason they think this dude was or impersonating an LE was that his dad said he specifically told his son not to respond to anyone except an LE. It was a heartbreaking interview, he never stopped looking for him and has been very active. E! did a lot of specials, I think this was one of the serial killers ones in 09? Or maybe 08. Not sure. That town suffered a LOT. Wish they could solve it like so many others but you have to wonder how many are dead now…..

  2. forthelost April 7, 2010 / 2:10 am

    The better photo is now on NCMEC as well.

  3. michael April 7, 2010 / 2:59 am

    The mother said she would take him to KFC which was his favorite food. The killer bought him KFC and killed him that night as the undigested food was found in the boy’s stomach. Too bad they didnt do a surveillance of the KFC cameras at the time. Some did have them if I remember correctly

    • Meaghan April 7, 2010 / 3:49 am

      I think in any case they would be hard pressed to track down every person who bought a KFC meal that night. Certainly there wouldn’t be probable cause for a search.

      • michael April 10, 2010 / 5:09 am

        Well there werent so many KFCs that they couldnt check them if they had cameras and as the killer is mail and the stomach contents could have been crossed referenced ,there would have been a chance, albeit, slight, to perhaps find the killer. Plus there is a woman on one of these crime boards, I think websleuths, who actually has been interviewing the supposed killer for years.

  4. donna April 7, 2010 / 7:21 pm

    I don’t know why, but I have always felt that these Murders were connected to the Alphabet Killer in Rochester, NY in the 1970’s. Just a hunch.

  5. Kat April 9, 2010 / 11:59 am

    Alphabet killer? Please refresh me, I can’t quite place what you are talking about….the only thing that comes to mind is Andre Rand and I know that’s not right……

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