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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:41 PM

Israel Keyes dead of apparent suicide; suspected in Lower 48 deaths

Source: Anchorage Daily News

ANCHORAGE Israel Keyes, accused in the kidnapping and killing of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, was found dead Sunday morning in an apparent jail suicide, and he is suspected in at least seven other deaths outside Alaska, authorities said.

At a hastily called press briefing Sunday, authorities announced his death and made a series of startling revelations, starting with the fact they believe Keyes was a serial killer. The U.S. attorney for Alaska, the top FBI agent here and Anchorage's police chief all spoke, as did those directly working the Keyes case. They disclosed that Keyes had talked repeatedly to investigators.

His killings may date back a decade or longer, the FBI said at the briefing in the U.S. Attorney's office in Anchorage. His victims all appeared to be strangers to him, prey from random encounters. And investigators suspect he killed more than the eight they've zeroed in on. He'd fly someplace, rent a car, then drive hundreds of miles away, the FBI said. While he stole from Koenig using her ATM card, and confessed to bank robberies in Texas and New York, his motive did not appear to be financial, authorities said.

Keyes told investigators he killed Koenig, a Vermont couple and five others, Karen Loeffler, U.S. attorney for Alaska, said. Investigators were able to corroborate enough of what he said about the deaths of William and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt., to be convinced he was responsible, though they were not able to find the couple's bodies, Loeffler said. Sunday marked the first time officials publicly connected Keyes to the Curriers, who disappeared in June 2011.

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Read more: http://www.adn.com/2012/12/02/2710993/israel-keyes-is-dead-troopers.html



Ordinarily I wouldn't post a local crime story at DU, but since there are possible national ramifications to this one, I'm making an exception. The hunt for Samantha's killer was huge news here for months, and some pretty incredible police work finally tracked this guy down. While it's unfortunate that the families of his victims won't have the satisfaction of seeing him tried and convicted, at least he won't cause any more harm.

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Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 OP
Xipe Totec Dec 2012 #1
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #3
Lasher Dec 2012 #2
elbloggoZY27 Dec 2012 #4
Bad_Ronald Dec 2012 #5
cali Dec 2012 #6
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #7
cali Dec 2012 #8
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #9

Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:12 PM

1. I'm furious at the abysmal incompetence of his jailers.

This brings no closure to anyone.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:33 PM

3. Many people agree with you,

although I have to say that if someone is determined to kill himself, even in jail, there are ways. I worked corrections for a while and I know from personal experience that you can't keep your eyes on everyone all the time.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:16 PM

2. Good OP for LBN, Blue.

Not just a local crime story.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:41 PM

4. Bad Karma

 

Seems that Mr Keyes took his secrets to the grave which is really a shame. To have a Serial Killer talking is not normal and may have had a treasure trove of victims. To the Koenig family you have my condolences that your daughter was one of his victims.

We do however owe law enforcement a great thanks for at least getting this guy out of society.

What I did find was that this guy looked like anybody that you would pass on a street. Very scary.

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 06:10 PM

6. He was a serial murderer and the details of what he did to the Curriers are gruesome

He may well have killed dozens. I'm sorry he killed himself. I think that actually cheats family members of closure. He got off easy, the sick disgusting fuck.

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Response to cali (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 06:25 PM

7. Did you know of this case, Cali?

You're from Vermont, aren't you? I agree that he cheated the process, but I'm sure not sorry to see him gone. And as the poster above mentioned, he looked so "normal," it's no telling how many victims he could have accumulated. I feel very sorry for his daughter who was living with him at the time of the Koenig murder...I believe she was around 10 or 11 at the time of this particular crime. I think she's living with her grandparents now.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:38 PM

8. yes, I know of this murder. The bodies have never been found.

the story he recounted to the police about what he'd done to them was horrid.

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Response to cali (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:48 PM

9. Here are two more articles

from this morning's Anchorage Daily News. Israel Keyes was a pure, unadulterated psychopathic killer. People here who had dealings with him in his capacity as a contractor are freaking out.

http://www.adn.com/2012/12/03/2712275/suspected-serial-killer-israel.html

http://www.adn.com/2012/12/03/2711884/keyes-described-as-a-force-of.html





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