Dale Eaton, on death row for killing Denver's "Lil Miss:" Is he bipolar?
The rape and murder of Lisa Kimmell, aka "Lil Miss," was one of the most shocking and brutal crimes of its era -- the subject of multiple television shows and a book written by her mom that traces heartbreak over the course of more than a decade.
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The killer of Denver-based Kimmell, Dale Eaton, is on death row in Wyoming, but his attorneys continue to fight for his life. Now, a Colorado psychiatrist speaking at a hearing looking into claims of inadequate defense says he may suffer from bipolar disorder.
The Murder of Lil Miss by Sheila Kimmel describes how Lisa, a manager at a local Arby's restaurant, left her Denver home for Billings, Montana, where she planned to visit some friends. She drove a Honda with a personalized license plate reading "LIL MISS."
But she never reached her destination, prompting a frantic search that ended in the worst conceivable way. Here's an excerpt from the book:
Lisa Marie Kimmel.
Eight days after her disappearance, our worst nightmare materialized. Two fisherman found Lisa's body early Saturday afternoon, April 2nd, 1988. She hadn't had a wreck. At the tender age of eighteen, Lisa had been raped repeatedly, held hostage for six days in an old school bus without electricity or running water, subjected to untold torture, hit on the head so hard that it caused a four-inch skull fracture, and stabbed six times. Her body had been dropped from the Old Government Bridge near Casper, Wyoming, into the cold North Platte River. Our beautiful daughter was gone.
|The book written by Lisa's mom, Sheila Kimmel.|
Lisa --By the way, Stringfellow Hawke was a character played by actor Jan Michael Vincent on the network series Airwolf.
There are'nt (sic) words to say how much you're missed
the pain never leaves
it's so hard without you
you'll always be alive in me.
Your death is my painful loss but Heaven's sweet gain.
Love always, Stringfellow Hawke
Years later, the handwriting on the note was matched to Eaton's -- but that wasn't the key to breaking the case.
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