Israel Keyes, a 34-year-old Anchorage construction worker, was picked up for the kidnapping and murder of Samantha Koenig in Alaska. During his interrogation, he confessed to this murder along with a double homicide in Vermont, and added that he had killed as many as eight people. He hinted that it could be more.
The FBI suspects that he began his killing spree more than a decade earlier and that his victim toll is at least 11. He had named New York and Washington State as places where he'd killed, but he'd traveled in many more states.
However, Keyes committed suicide this past fall before he provided victim names or clearly identifying details, leaving investigators to piece together his puzzle. This has been difficult.
Keyes was a careful predator. He scouted locations and buried his murder kit (knives, ropes, guns, chemicals, zip ties) in various isolated places. When he got in the mood to kill, he would find victims near his stash. He’d partially funded his attacks with bank robberies, but was caught when he tried to get ransom money.
Keyes told investigators that he'd looked for victims in remote locations, such as parks, campgrounds, trailheads, cemeteries and boating areas. He'd also broken into many houses and robbed a number of banks. After his suicide, officials offered some details in the hope that the public might have seen Keyes or have some information about missing people who match the partial descriptions.
On Monday, the Anchorage Daily News and other media outlets ran a feature on a 4-page report that the FBI just released. This might help to jog some memories, so I’m using my blog space to provide this public service appeal:
The following details were in this report:
He was arrested in March and spent hours talking to investigators, but he was cagey with details unless he knew they already had them from his computer. He finally grew irritated that the prosecutors were not upholdng their end of the deal for media silence and a speedy execution. On December 1 or 2, 2012, Keyes slit his wrist with a razor and used a bed sheet to choke himself in a segregation unit at the Anchorage Jail.
The FBI will reportedly release an interactive map of Keyes' travels today. The agency asks anyone with information on Keyes, his travels or his victims to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.