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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to woman investigators dubbed ‘Batgirl’?

Q: What happened to “Batgirl”?

Allison, Carmichael

A: Michelle Cummiskey, dubbed “Batgirl” because of her tattoos, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, plus one additional year for extreme violence, for the slaying of 58-year-old Philip Inhofer of Sacramento.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, she stabbed Inhofer 32 times, bludgeoned him with a blunt object and stuffed his body into the closet of his South Natomas mobile home on March 5, 1991. She then took his red 1975 Mercedes-Benz. Investigators said she was dating Inhofer.

Cummiskey, a former prostitute at the Mustang Ranch brothel near Reno, was apprehended two months after the slaying in Biloxi, Miss. Invesitgators dubbed her “Batgirl” because of a tattoo of bats circling her upper left arm and a tattoo of a vampire bite on her neck.

She was denied parole in 2011 and barred from seeking another parole hearing for seven years. Cummiskey, now 44 years old, is incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in Corona.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy