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Deborah Lee Kibort, 38, September 8, 2001, Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois

Updated: Nov 7, 2021

Deborah Lee Kibort, 38

September 8, 2001

Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois

Date of Birth September 2, 1963

Deborah Lee Kibort was thirty-eight years old when she lost her life to a domestic violence marriage.

Living with her husband, who admitted he was on alcohol, marijuana and cocaine (according to court records) lived with Debbie at the Kankakee Royal Estates Trailer Park at 1995 S Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee, Illinois (which still stands today). There had been at least one previous attack on record with police May 6, 2001.

On September 4, 2001 however, a neighbor stated she came home that night and as she was walking to her home with her child, she heard Debbie screaming that she couldn’t breath and heard banging. That same neighbor witnessed hearing their violence in the past but never contacted police.

The next morning, Debbie’s husband Dan Kibort asked the same neighbor if they had seen Debbie, then mentioned Debbie would probably return by the weekend.

What really happened, as he later admits, Dan went to Wal-Mart after he murdered Debbie, purchased a purple 32 gallon tub, “Debbie’s second favorite color”, brought it home, wrapped Debbie’s body in her own sleeping bag, and stuffed it in this tub. He then put the tub with her body in his trunk, with a shovel. He drove around asking his acquaintances to help dispose of her body. One of them contacted the police. None of them assisted Dan.

On September 8, 2001, the police located Dan driving in his Nissan Centra, opened the trunk and found Debbie’s body three days later.

Dan plead guilty and said that they got in a fight because she didn’t make him dinner. He chose the purple tub because that was her second favorite color. Her first was black which he couldn’t find that color tub at Wal-Mart (to put her dead body in). He remembered choking her to death but couldn’t stop himself from choking her.

Daniel was sentenced to thirty-nine years in prison, then tries to fight the court for another trial, saying he was mentally incompetent and had ineffective counseling.

There is very little information about Debbie or her murder.

Debbie was laid to rest at the Mount Calvary Cemetery at 200 E Court Street in Kankakee, Illinois.

Daniel lives his days at the Dixon Correctional Center in Dixon, Illinois and may be released on parole on (or about) March 8, 2039. 63 today, he would be 82 if and when he is released from prison.

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