Serial Killer's Life of Crime

Scott Kimball talks to "48 Hours" about being a conman, snitch, murderer and FBI informant

On Feb. 18, 2010, "48 Hours Mystery" correspondent Harold Dow interviewed serial killer Scott Kimball at Colorado's Sterling Correctional Facility. Kimball, aka "Hannibal," had never spoken to the national media before about his life of crime, or about the four murders for which he had just been convicted.

Kimball, 43, brags about the years he spent as a con man and describes some of the tricks of the trade. He also talks about how easy it was for him to become a paid criminal informant for the FBI as he tried to con his way out of prison in the early 2000s.

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However, he bristles at being labeled a "serial killer," and claims people have no reason to fear him.

"Not unless they screw me over or they mess with me," he tells Dow. "I don't walk around here like a badass. I don't walk around with my-- I do my own time. I do my own number. There's no reason to be afraid of me."

Kimball freely admits to directly murdering only one victim - his uncle, Terry Kimball - and speaks in riddles about the murders of three young women: LeAnn Emry and Kaysi McLeod and Jennifer Marcum.

"How is it that you always end up in the picture?" Dow asked.

"I was there. I'm not denying that. I was there, I was part of the - enterprise," he replies of his involvement. "...I'm not denying that there was murder that took place."

And when asked, he even gives Dow tips on how to get out of prison. As for Kimball, he won't be eligible for parole until he's 81 years old.