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Sante and Kenneth Kimes are odd when it comes to serial killers as they are a mother and son team. The Kimes were convicted of two murders but are responsible for at least one more.
Sante Kimes is a thief, a fraudster and would do anything for money and when her son was old enough he would learn everything from his mother. The two murders that they were both convicted of have to do with
Sante would spend five years in prison for what was basically slavery. She and her husband Kenneth Sr would get illegal aliens and force them to work for basically nothing by threatening to call the authorities if they stepped out of line.
The first murder had to do with a man that allowed the Kimes to use their name on the deed of the house that he owned. Sante convinced a notary to forge the actual owners signature in order to take out a high loan using the house as collateral. When the owner found out Sante had Kenneth Jr murder him so he could not go to the police.
The second murder was similar. Sante Kimes presumed the identity of their elderly landlord in order to take control of a multimillion dollar home. The elderly woman body was never found but police would find notes in Kimes notebook detailing the crime, murder and disappearance. During his guilty plea Kenneth Jr would tell the court his mother had used a stun gun on the victim and he strangled her before stuffing her body into a garbage bag and later dumping it in New Jersey
The third murder took place in the Bahamas and Sante denied participating in it however her son Kenneth would tell authorities he murdered the man on her say so. According to Kenneth the two drugged the man before drowning him in a bathtub and dump his body offshore.
When the police would finally catch up to the two they were charged with the two murders plus over 150 additional charges. Kenneth Kimes would agree to testify against his mother if the prosecutors took the death penalty off the table for the two of them, they agreed. In the end Sante Kimes would be convicted on all charges and Kenneth would plead guilty. Both were given very long prison sentences. Sante Kimes would die in prison in 2014 and Kenneth Kimes Jr remains behind bars in a California prison
Kenneth Kimes 2019 Information
|Inmate Name||KIMES, KENNETH|
|Current Location||RJ Donovan Correctional Facility|
|Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year)||LWOP|
Sante Kimes and Kenneth Kimes Other News
Sante Kimes, the maternal side of a murderous mother-and-son grifter team, died on Monday in her prison cell in Westchester County, N.Y. She was 79.
Officials at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility confirmed the death.
Ms. Kimes had been in prison for a decade, serving a 120-year sentence for her role in a pair of gruesome murders that turned her and her son, Kenneth Kimes Jr., into vivid subjects for television writers and newspaper reporters. With her taste for Victorian evening wear and a long history of larceny, Ms. Kimes, the daughter of an Oklahoma prostitute, rocketed to notoriety in 1998 when she and Mr. Kimes were charged in New York with the murder of Irene Silverman, an 82-year-old widowed socialite, in a scheme to seize her $10 million townhouse on East 65th Street.
Two years later, at a raucous trial in which Ms. Kimes was scolded by a judge for passing notes to reporters, she was found guilty with her son of killing Ms. Silverman in an elaborate plot that involved cheap disguises, false identities, tapped telephones, forged deeds, a stolen credit card and at least three fake offers of Caribbean vacations.
The authorities said that Kenneth Kimes had strangled Ms. Silverman, and that the mother and son then disposed of the body in garbage bags. Her body was never found. In a search of their car and luggage, the police found guns, plastic handcuffs, fright masks, tapes of Ms. Silverman’s telephone conversations and a fake deed to the Silverman home.
Mr. Kimes was sentenced to 126 years in prison. In 2004, Ms. Kimes was convicted of a second killing, this time in an insurance scheme that resulted in the death of a Las Vegas property-holder, David J. Kazdin. Suspected in a host of other crimes — from the arson of homes she owned to the disappearance of a banker in the Bahamas — Ms. Kimes was called by the judge who presided at the Kazdin trial “one of the most evil individuals” she had ever met.
Born in Oklahoma as Sandra Louise Walker in 1935, Ms. Kimes grew up in Las Vegas and was first arrested — for petty theft — in Sacramento in 1961. She was, according to acquaintances, a talented and obsessive thief. She once stole a car from a dealer’s lot in Honolulu. Later, she was arrested at a Washington hotel with a $6,500 mink coat she had stolen at a piano bar.
She had been married to Kenneth Kimes Sr., a California real-estate mogul who built and owned motels. Ms. Kimes, who favored wigs and a starlet’s caked makeup, did not lack for money. She simply seemed to enjoy the thievery.
“To her it was like a game of Monopoly,” a former neighbor in Las Vegas said. “She just liked to do it.”
While living in Mexico City in 1985, Ms. Kimes and her husband were arrested on slavery charges after several of their maids complained to the Mexican authorities that they had been beaten and imprisoned in the Kimes’s house. Ms. Kimes served five years on the charge (Mr. Kimes served three), and when the couple was reunited with Kenneth Jr., the family embarked on itinerant journeys to Hawaii, Europe and the Bahamas.
It was not long after the senior Mr. Kimes died — of natural causes — in 1994 that people in the orbit of Ms. Kimes and her son started disappearing. First was Syed Bilal Ahmed, a Bahraini officer at the First Cayman Bank in the Cayman Islands who had met the mother and son in Nassau, in the Bahamas. Next was Mr. Kazdin, whose body was discovered in 1998 in a trash bin near the airport in Los Angeles.
But it was the Silverman murder that thrust Ms. Kimes and her son into a spotlight bright enough that it led to not just one, but two, television biopics, one of them starring Mary Tyler Moore. As a law enforcement official said at the time of her arrest, Ms. Kimes was “the most ingenious, evil con artist” he had seen “in a long time.”