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Israel Keyes: A serial killer who murdered across U.S.?

On Dec. 3, 2012, the FBI said that serial killer Israel Keyes committed suicide in a jail in Alaska, but before he did, he told investigators he had committed as many as eight kidnappings and murders from Vermont to Alaska.

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keyesSEATTLE — The FBI in Anchorage on Monday released a timeline on serial murderer Israel Keyes, who lived in Washington state from 2001 to March 2007 and who told investigators he disposed of several bodies in this state. Keyes committed suicide in prison last December.

The FBI’s timeline released for Keyes in Washington state:

“July 2001: Keyes was discharged from the U.S. Army.

“July 2001 to October 2001: Keyes resided in Neah Bay, Washington and committed his first homicide. The identity and location of the victim are unknown.

“July 2001 to 2005: Keyes stated he murdered an unidentified couple in Washington. Keyes refused to tell law enforcement if the couple was married or what their relationship to one another was. It is unknown if the victims were residents of Washington, tourists, or residents he abducted from a nearby state and transported to Washington. Keyes alluded to the fact these victims were buried in a location near a valley. Keyes may have moved the victim’s car to place distance between where the vehicle was found and where the crime occurred.

“2005 to 2006 (summer/fall months): Keyes admitted that he committed two murders independent of one another. Keyes used his boat to dispose of the bodies of these victims. Keyes stated at least one of the bodies was disposed of in Crescent Lake in Washington where he used anchors to submerge the body. Keyes reported the body was submerged in more than 100 feet of water. Keyes may have moved the victim’s car to place distance between where the vehicle was found and where the crime occurred. The identity of these victims is unknown.

“March 1, 2007 to March 9, 2007: Keyes drove from Neah Bay, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska, where he resided until is his arrest.

“October 31, 2008 to November 5, 2008: Keyes flew to Seattle following travel to multiple other states, including North Dakota and Arizona. On October 31st, Keyes rented a car (2008 PT Cruiser) in Seattle. On November 2, 2008, Keyes flew from Seattle to Boston. He returned to Seattle and flew back to Anchorage on November 5, 2008. Law enforcement believes Keyes may have engaged in criminal activity on this trip and is seeking any information about Keyes activities during this timeframe.

“Investigators believe Keyes did not know any of his victims prior to their abductions,” the FBI news release said. “He described several remote locations that he frequented to look for victims – parks, campgrounds, trailheads, cemeteries, boating areas, etc. Keyes also admitted to frequenting prostitutes during his travels and it is unknown at this time if he met any of his victims in this manner. Keyes indicated the victims are male and female and range in age from late teens to the elderly.”

The FBI asks that anyone with information concerning Keyes or possible victims to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

 

 

 

SEATTLE — Alaska authorities recently released new audio clips from interviews with serial killer Israel Keyes, who committed suicide in his jail cell in December. The killer confessed to murders all over the country, including possibly in Washington state.

About 15 hours of new audio with Keyes were released. He was a well-organized, calculating killer. Authorities say that’s how Keyes avoided capture for so many years.

Because he killed himself before confessing to all his murders, we might never know the full extent of his crimes. Authorities say Keyes admitted to killing a dozen people all over the country.

Keyes_Short_HairIn March 2012, authorities arrested Israel Keyes for the slaying of an Alaskan barista. Investigators quickly found out that Keyes had killed before.

The assistant U.S. attorney for Alaska, Kevin Feldis, said, “He had revealed to us that he was responsible for killing other people. He indicated that there were up to four victims, the bodies of whom he disposed of in Washington state.”

This week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alaska released tapes of chilling interviews with Keyes. Never remorseful, Keyes often laughs about his crimes.

“I almost feel guilty,” Keyes said as he laughed. “Costing the taxpayers a lot of money.”

Keyes admitted to murders in Vermont and New York. Keyes, who grew up near Colville, Wash., often visited Washington state, potentially committing murders here, but he used that information as a bargaining chip.

Keyes said, “I may need those details of the Washington cases that, um, that I would be better served to wait,” he chuckled. “If that’s the route I have to go.”

Last year, the FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska, said: “Keyes admitted to murdering four people in Washington; he killed two people (independent of each other) sometime during 2005 and 2006, and murdered a couple in Washington between 2001 and 2005. It is unknown if these victims were residents of Washington or if they were vacationing in Washington but resided in another state.  It is also possible Keyes abducted them from a nearby state and transported them to Washington.”

Keyes often talked with the FBI on his future. The killer wanted to keep details of his crimes from the media. He also wanted to avoid a trial where details would be released and he wanted to be put to death.

“If I give it all out now, anything about Washington, that could seriously compromise my options,” Keyes said.

Some information on his crimes did eventually get out, and in one of his final conversations with FBI agents, Keyes told them he wasn’t happy about it.

“We already know how this ends,” Keyes said. “All I care about is what happens between now and whenever it ends. If things don’t go the way I want. I don’t need you guys.”

The FBI is still investigating these murders. If you know anything about Israel Keyes or his crimes, you are asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI.

keyesMAUPIN, Ore. — FBI agents in Oregon are looking for a woman they say is the first victim of confessed serial killer Israel Keyes.

Keyes committed suicide while in jail in Alaska last weekend as he was awaiting trial for the February murder of an Anchorage barista, Samantha Koenig.

Keyes told the FBI agents he raped – but did not kill – his first victim in Oregon between 1996 and 1998. He said the girl was 14 to 18 years old, and that the sexual assault happened on the Deschutes River near Maupin.

FBI officials said the victim was with friends and Keyes was able to discretely separate her from the friends.

To date, authorities have not been able to find any relevant police reports that would fit this scenario, and it is possible that the victim never reported it.

If Keyes was being accurate about the time period and the girl’s age, she would now be in her late 20s to early 30s. She may have lived in the area or simply been visiting the area on vacation.

Keyes told investigators he often traveled great distances and liked to find his victims along hiking trails, at campgrounds and in other remote areas.

Before his death, Israel told investigators he killed eight people, including at least four in Washington state. He’s also believed to have robbed banks as he traveled across the country, but the FBI hasn’t identified any robberies in Oregon for which he may have been responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call 503-224-4181.

– FOX12 Oregon (KPTV/Portland)

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SEATTLE – The FBI on Tuesday released a video clip of an Alaska jail interview with serial killer Israel Keyes, who said before committing suicide that he had randomly chosen and killed as many as eight people across the country, including four in Washington state. In the video, he said he preferred to find his victims in remote places.

“Keyes admitted to murdering four people in Washington; he killed two people (independent of each other) sometime during 2005 and 2006, and murdered a couple in Washington between 2001 and 2005,” said the FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska.

Now, the search is on to figure out who he might have killed in Washington.
“There is no one who knows me, or who has ever known me who knows anything about me, really,” Keyes, 34, a construction contractor, said told police in one of numerous interviews before he committed suicide in jail in Anchorage on Sunday.
“They know, they’re going to tell you something that doesn’t line up with anything I tell you, because I am two different people basically, and the only person who knows about what I am telling you, the kind of things I am telling you, is me,” Keyes said.

Keyes was being held in Anchorage on charges that he kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed an 18-year-old Anchorage barista in February.

During police interviews, Keyes confessed to the barista’s killing and said he had also killed a couple in 2011 in Essex, Vt., disposed of another body in New York state and killed four people in Washington state.  It is unknown how many details police got on the other cases. The bodies of the couple in Vermont, who disappeared in 2011, have never been found.

In a 40-second video clip recorded July 10, Keyes explains that he preferred to let his victims come to him in an isolated area far away from where he lived.

“If I was smart, I would do it, I would let them come to me in a remote area,” Keyes said. “I would go to a remote area that’s not anywhere near where you live but that other people go to, as well. You might not get exactly what you’re (looking for in a victim) … there’s not much to choose from, in a matter of speaking, but there’s also no witnesses, really. There’s nobody else around.”

One here that falls into an unsolved remote slaying was the killing of a Seattle librarian and her daughter, Mary Cooper and Susanna Stodden, who were found shot to death on a hiking trail in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in 2006.

Now the question is, could Keyes have killed Cooper, 56, and Stodden, 27, in 2006?

“I mean I don’t know if this is related,” said David Stodden, the husband and father of the two slain women. ” I mean I sense, I saw the dates that the FBI put out and I can’t really tell if he was even in the area during this time.”

David Stodden has spent the years since his wife and daughter’s deaths trying to find their killer.  He said he’s still not sure what to make of this latest information.

“I mean there was a couple of things, obviously, he went to campgrounds and he liked to go to trail heads and look for people …  potential victims,” Stodden said.

Stodden saidit gives him hope that the murders of his wife and daughter will be solved, but if Keyes was responsible, there is disappointment, too.

“I think eventually it will be solved.  I kind of hope there’s a trial … then more of the whys would be answered I guess if there is a trial and actually get to listen to someone sort of say why they would do something so awful like this,” Stodden said.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said they were aware of Keyes but don’t believe he is related to any murders in the county, including those of Cooper and Susanna Stodden.

keyesIsrael Keyes seemed a little too familiar with killing.

After arresting the 34-year-old Anchorage, Alaska, construction contractor in Texas in March, investigators confronted him with evidence they believed implicated him in the kidnapping and slaying of an 18-year-old Anchorage barista in February.

Investigators say there was video of him leading Samantha Koenig away, and they have text records from her stolen phone, and had monitored withdrawals of ransom made with her debit card in areas where he was known to have traveled.

With his attorney present in late March, Keyes confessed, officials said.

The confession to Koenig’s killing represented the first crack in a dam of silence that would slowly crumble over months of effort.

“I was convinced he had committed other murders and other crimes,” Kevin Feldis, chief of the criminal division for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alaska, told the Los Angeles Times. “It was his descriptions of what he had done. We could tell that this was not coming from a person who had done this for the first time.”

On Monday, a day after Keyes’ apparent jailhouse suicide in Anchorage, officials laid out the nationwide investigation that quietly unfolded against Keyes, who is now thought to be responsible for killing as many as eight people in four states. Details of the suicide were not revealed.

After Keyes’ arrest, he was taken to Anchorage, Alaska, where he told investigators he had killed Koenig and left her body in Mantuska Lake in north Anchorage. Investigators soon found her body.

Keyes faced a possible death penalty, but continued to talk to the investigators trying to put him away. When they confronted him with their suspicion that he’d killed before, Feldis said, Keyes confessed to killing a Essex, Vt., couple missing since summer 2011.

– To read this entire Los Angeles Time article, click here.

la-serial-killer-found-dead-israel-keyes-confe-001SEATTLE — Suspected serial killer Israel Keyes, who committed suicide in Alaska while being held in the slaying of  barista Samantha Koenig there, admitted to four slayings in Washington state years ago, the FBI said Monday.

“Keyes admitted to murdering four people in Washington; he killed two people (independent of each other) sometime during 2005 and 2006, and murdered a couple in Washington between 2001 and 2005,” the FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska, said in a statement. “It is unknown if these victims were residents of Washington or if they were vacationing in Washington but resided in another state.  It is also possible Keyes abducted them from a nearby state and transported them to Washington.

“Based upon investigation conducted following his arrest in March 2012 … Keyes is believed to have committed multiple kidnappings and murders across the country between 2001 and March 2012,” the FBI said. “Keyes lived in Washington (state) from 2001 to March 2007, at which time he moved to Alaska.  While living in Alaska, Keyes worked as a general contractor but traveled extensively.”

Keyes spent much of his life in Washington. He enlisted in the Army and served for exactly three years before being discharged. Afterward, Keyes worked for the Makah Tribal Council in Neah Bay from 2001 to 2007.

In March, police in Texas arrested Keyes for the February kidnapping and killing of Koenig, a barista in Alaska. During questioning, Keyes admitted to her murder. He also told police he was responsible for a well-publicized double homicide in Vermont and many other bloody crimes.

“Additionally, Keyes admitted to investigators that in 2009 he murdered a victim on the East Coast and disposed of the body in New York state. Based on Keyes’ statements, investigators believe Keyes abducted the victim from a surrounding state and transported him/her to New York,” the FBI said.

Despite few details, prosecutors believe the information they were getting from Keyes was credible. Authorities won’t say much about what they learned from Keyes before he killed himself.

“Investigators believe that Keyes did not know any of his victims prior to their abductions,” the FBI said. “He described several remote locations that he frequented to look for victims – parks, campgrounds, trailheads, cemeteries, boating areas, etc.

Anyone with information concerning Keyes is encouraged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL- FBI.

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