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- December 04, 2000
- Vol. 54
- No. 24
Fearing Extradition, Killer Kenneth Kimes Confesses to Irene Silverman's Murder
Just one month earlier Kenneth had made headlines when he held Court TV producer Maria Zone hostage for four hours after putting a pen to her throat during an interview at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Upstate New York. Sante, meanwhile, was transferred to solitary confinement at the women's prison at Bedford Hills, N.Y., after guards found a makeshift weapon fashioned from a pen in her cell in October.
Why did Kimes confess? Law enforcement sources say he and his mother fear their pending extradition to California, where they will stand trial for the 1998 murder of businessman David Kazdin and could face the death penalty. According to an NYPD detective, Los Angeles investigators offered Kenneth a deal: "The police said, 'Help us find the woman and we'll help you with a deal in California.' "
Another explanation for the recent turbulence in Kenneth's life may be simply that he is suffering from emotional isolation. According to his attorney, Mel Sachs, Kenneth, separated from Sante while both serve sentences in excess of 100 years, misses his mother terribly. "This is painful for him," says Sachs without irony. "Kenny is in a desperate situation."
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