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Philip Inhofer, Michelle Cummiskey: ‘Bat Girl’ Killer Known As Jade Was Sexy Escort, Story On ID’s ‘A Stranger In My Home’

The Philip Inhofer, Michelle ‘Jade’ Cummiskey case is the next story to be fleshed out on Investigation Discovery’s A Stranger In My Home. The hit television series highlights true crimes that have been committed by a murderer who was invited to stay in the victim’s home. Many times, the stories surround renters who have been murdered by tenants. In Friday night’s A Stranger In My Home viewers will listen closely as investigators discuss how they brought a 20-year-old prostitute and escort to justice after she took advantage of a decorated military man, then killed him so she could drive his shiny red car. The episode featuring the Philip Inhofer, Michelle Cummiskey case is entitled, “Shades Of Jade.”

The murder of Philip Inhofer occurred in March, 1991, in Sacramento, California. Headlines read — ” ‘Batgirl’ Accused Of Killing.” It was a fascinating story that seemed to be more fiction than the truth. Sadly, the story was no one’s fictitious story. It was about the brutal murder of 58-year-old Philip Inhofer, a former Air Force vet who had met a dangerous escort named Jade. Authorities say Jade Cabading was really Michelle Cummiskey—a 20-year-old girl who was determined to swindle a rich old man who could give her the good life.

It seemed that even with his decorated military background, Philip Inhofer was a simple man who was looking for sex in all the wrong places.

On the day of the crime, Michelle Cummiskey had every intention to sex Philip Inhofer to death, and that’s exactly what she did on that frosty night 25 years ago. Originally, the plan was to kill him with rat poison, but at the last minute, she decided to stab him to death. The autopsy report showed that Philip Inhofer was stabbed over 30 times, and then beaten over the head with a blunt object. After she killed him, Michelle shoved his bleeding body into a closet inside his home, where it was found by the victim’s son after he went to the South Natomas trailer to do a welfare check. The scene was so gruesome that detectives could see that the knife was still stuck in the man’s collarbone. When they asked her why she had done it, she said that Satan made her do it, according to court records found at Justia US Law.

“While Inhofer was in the shower, [Michelle] took some LSD. She then saw a monster in front of her, it attacked her, and she attempted to defend herself. She also stated that she hurt the victim, and that she lost her soul because she hurt someone she loved. [Michelle] said that she had red all over her and that it made her sick. She then took some towels and cleaned everything up and spent the night in the residence. Satan told her to take Inhofer’s car and to paint it silver, [and] that Satan told her he would protect her.”

The frightening part about it was that neighbors heard the noises while the lonely bachelor was being killed, describing it as a thumping noise before everything went quiet, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The diabolical woman they called ‘Bat Girl’ was a pretty tall woman with green eyes, sources say. According to a background check, Michelle Cummiskey, aka Jade, ran away from home at the age of 14 and had an extensive jail record and was a drug addict who took cocaine and LSD, according to the Daily Reporter. People who interviewed Michelle Cummiskey say that she seemed very immature for her age and had an almost girl-like quality. Cummiskey was caught two months later in the casino town of Biloxi, Mississippi. From there, she was extradited back to California to answer charges in the fatal stabbing.

A jury found Michelle Cummiskey guilty in the death of Paul Inhofer and gave her a sentence of 26 years in prison. A woman now in her mid 40s, Michelle Cummiskey is still doing her time in a California correctional facility. Her parole was denied back in 2011, according to the Sacramento Bee.

A photo of the real ‘Jade’, aka Michelle Cummiskey, was published in an old issue of Detective Magazine— the October, 1994, edition.

“Bat Girl” was also the name of a female superhero from the 1960s, played by actress Yvonne Craig. Craig died at the age of 78 in 2015 from breast cancer.

Don’t forget to catch the new episode of A Stranger In My Home this Friday, April 8, at 10/9 p.m. central on Investigation Discovery (ID). A couple of weeks ago, the Inquisitr brought you the story of Bruce Blackwood — a New York City landlord and building owner who went missing and was later dismembered by his building manager.

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