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The Murder of Lil Miss: A Mother's Brutal 16-Year Fight for Justice Paperback – June 30, 2005

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"In my 40 years as a coroner, I never encountered a case this disturbing to me or the community." --James W. Thorpen M.D., Pathologist and Natrona County Coroner

"Sheila takes us inside the story of her daughter's abduction, murder, and her family's struggle to find justice." --Greg Tuttle, Reporter, The Billings Gazette

"Sheila Kimmell's story is a heartbreaker—I was deeply moved by her and her family’s courage." --Greg Cooper, former FBI Special Agent and VICAP Profiler

About the Author

Besides being Lisa Kimmell’s mother and running a large extended family, Sheila Kimmell spent 23 years in business management. Now retired, among her numerous jobs were those of technical writer and public speaker, both of which unexpectedly helped her during the course of her investigation into her daughter's murder and keeping the case alive.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Eagle Crest Publications; 1st edition (June 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976747006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976747000
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer S. Latimer on July 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
In 1988 when Lisa Kimmell disappeared I was 9 years old. I still remember the news coverage and donating money to her reward fund at Arby's. Finally, after years her murderer was found. When Mrs Kimmell announced that her book was finished I couldn't wait to read it. I recieved it and read the whole thing in one day. She has done an excellent job of conveying her feelings and outlining her and her families struggle for the 16 years it took to find the man who took her precious daughters life. She was able to expel many of the rumors that had be circulating and she showed the precerverance of the numerous law enforcement officers and others that helped her to get the justice she deserved. This is a book that anyone who has ever seen or heard anything about the disappearance of "Lil Miss" should read!!
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Lisa and I were about the same age when she disappeared. I wasn't afraid to travel alone until her murder. In fact, I was planning a trip to visit friends that would have taken me through the same area she disappeared from. After her disappearance and death, I cancelled the trip and didn't travel alone for a few years. I never forgot her story and created a page for her on a memorial website last fall. Through that, her mother contacted me. We spoke on the phone, but didn't meet until last month at a book signing.

I read the book within a day. It is very well written. Although I had a respect for the Kimmell family before I read it, having come to know more about them through this story, I really admire them for their courage in fighting for justice and for sharing their story.

I have worked in law enforcement for 9 years and haven't seen much "jurisdictional" problems. I think that is partially a result of the Kimmells' efforts due to their experience.

Now that I know more about the evil being who took Lisa's life , I honestly believe that Lisa's story might have saved my own life. Had her story not gained the publicity it did, I'd have been travelling alone a couple of months later in that same area where Eaton lived and hunted for victims. Lisa and I were the same age. I may have been one of his victims too had I not been frightened by her story.
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I do not know the Kimmells and until I read the book was not familiar with the murder. I read the book in two days. As I was reading the book it seemed like Sheila Kimmell was sitting next to me telling the story. I have been in law enforcement for over 20 years and have investigated many cases to include homicides.

Many of the situations confronting the investigators in this case are often experienced by investigators in other murder cases that are random in nature. Fortunately most murders are acquaintance murders or we would all be in constant fear. Unfortunately there are far to many that are not acquaintance.

Lisa Marie's murder is frightening in that it was such a random crossing of paths with her killer. There are however more of these than people realize. I think this book does an excellent job of exploring how these paths may cross and will hopefully save lives if not open doors to finding the answer to more murders.

I would suggest everyone read this book. I wouldn't encourage panic but it will help to make us a little more cautious.
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I have lived in Casper for most of my life and still do! I have heard the name Lisa Marie Kimmell several times and parts of the stories. When I first heard that there was a book, not to long ago, I rushed to the library here in Casper and sought it out. As hard as it was to read, it was just as hard to put it down. I finished it within a day. The heartache this family went thru with the first loss of a son on to losing their daughter to having calls of sightings and leads drying up to the DNA match up to the Recovery of her car all the way through to the trial. Several times this book brought out tears and anger. I am glad to know that her killer has been caught. This is all told from the Mother of Lisa. One strong hearted Momma out to find the sicko who did this than to recall everything that she and her family went through! ! Wow! ! !Just WOW! ! !
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This was a well written book and captures the essence of the horror and pain very well. Lisa's parents are amazing how they kept hope for all the years that it took for them to discover her murderer.
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This is a truly amazing story of a family whose lives were ripped apart when their 18-year-old daughter was killed, and their search for justice.

From the moment "Lil Miss" Lisa Marie Kimmell disappears from their lives, through the endless search for her killer, until the time her murderer is sentenced 16 long years later, the author allows an inside look of what their lives were like. It is an incredibly moving story that touched my heart and left me in tears many times.

Above all, the Kimmells send the message that "life goes on" and we each have to make the best of it. The entire Kimmell family, and particularly mom Sheila, displayed true courage throughout their ordeal. This book is heartwrenching as well as heartwarming, and reading it will leave you a changed person.
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