Murder In The Family: James Kraig Kahler sentenced to death for the murders of his wife, daughters and his wife’s grandmother


4 victims

Karen Kahler, 44
Emily Kahler, 18
Lauren Kahler, 16
Dorothy Wight, 89 (Karen’s grandmother)

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Kahler homicides (several articles)
The Kahler Murder Trial (several articles)
KS Man James Kahler Charged With Capital Murder in Deaths of Wife and 2 Daughter
Friends: murder suspect harassed his wife
Witness: She urged wife to divorce Kahler
Slain wife’s lesbian lover testifies at murder trial of former Weatherford, Texas utilities director
Son testifies against father
Kahler murder trial: defense makes its case
Kahler defense focuses on mental struggles
Conviction in Murder of Man’s Lesbian Wife, Kids
Psychiatrist: Killer of Lesbian Wife, Daughters ’Lost Control’
Sarcastic Kahler draws death penalty
James Kraig Kahler – Kansas Death Row

Fatal Vows: Death in the Family


JamesKahler prison mug

Name Type Name
Alias KRAIG,
Birthdate Type Birthdate Age
True Jan 15, 1963 49
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 6′-2″
Weight: 147
Gender: Male
Race: White

Current Status reported by Dept. of Corrections
Earliest Possible Release Date (1):
Current Status: Incarcerated
Admission Date: Oct 12, 2011
Current Location (2): El Dorado CF-Central
Custody Level: Special Management

County Case Number (I) Offense Date Sentencing Date ACS Criminal Conviction Description Counts Crime Severity Level Case Status (II)
Osage 09CR270 Nov 28, 2009 Oct 11, 2011 N/A Aggravated Burglary 1 Non Drug-Grid Severity Level 5 Active
Osage 09CR270 Nov 28, 2009 Oct 11, 2011 N/A Intentional/Premeditated Killing – greater than 1 Person 1 Off Grid Active
(I) If Number includes JV : Extended juvenile jurisdiction adjudications with adult prison sentences stayed, then imposed.
(II) If Status includes * : Denotes Active for Post Release Supervision Only.

KDOC Physical Location History
Location Movement Date Movement Reason
El Dorado CF-Central Feb 22, 2012 Returned From Court Appearance
Sedgwick County Feb 22, 2012 Released For Court Appearance
El Dorado CF-Central Oct 12, 2011 Inter-Facility Movement
El Dorado CF-RDU Oct 12, 2011 New Court Commitment

KDOC Disciplinary Report(s) since January 1996
Date Class Location Type of report
Apr 28, 2012 2 El Dorado Correctional Fac. – Central Misuse of State Property
Jan 20, 2012 1 El Dorado Correctional Fac. – Central Disobeying Orders

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