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Israel Keyes was a serial killer from Washington whose true body count is not known
Israel Keyes grew up in a Mormon household and was home schooled. His family would eventually move to Washington State. Israel would join the United State Military where he would serve for three years and was awarded a number of awards
After he got out of the Military Israel started his wave of terror. Israel would confess to murdering three women in Washington State, a murder in New York State, two more in Vermont and a woman in Alaska. Police were unable to confirm some of the murders do to them not finding the bodies
In Alaska Israel would kidnap a woman in Alaska who he would sexually assault before murdering. He would go on a cruise that launched from New Orleans then would head back to Alaska where he took a photo of the woman with a four day old newspaper beside her. He would demand $30,000 in ransom which was paid. Police were able to track him as he continued to use the victims debit card and credit cards. Police would arrest Israel Keyes and extradite him back to Alaska
Israel Keyes would be charged in the murder of a woman in Alaska and was being held for trial when he committed suicide..
According to police Israel Keyes broke into dozens of homes across the United States and robbed a number of banks to fund his killings. Police would confirm three of his victims however his true number is not known
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They brought treats for the man they suspected was a serial killer. Espresso. Cigars. Bagels. The occasional candy bar. They let him feel like he was in control.
And Israel Keyes talked and talked.
Sitting in jail in Anchorage, charged in the kidnapping and murder of a teenage Anchorage barista, FBI agents and an Anchorage police detective interviewed Keyes for dozens of hours between April and October of 2012.
Audio recordings of those conversations were unsealed recently after a legal fight initiated by a New York author who is writing a book about Keyes.
The Anchorage Daily News reviewed 13 hours of newly-released audio files. The conversations illustrate the fractured thinking of an Anchorage contractor and father who led a secret life, plotting and carrying out killings of three people who have so far been identified. Through the interview process, he hinted about other victims. Investigators believe he may have killed 11.
“This is entertainment for me,” he said at one point.
Then, in December of 2012, Keyes killed himself at the Anchorage jail. Five years later, questions about the true scope of Keyes’ killing remain.
When the interviews were recorded, Keyes was a defendant in the kidnapping and murder of Samantha Koenig, 18, who was abducted from the Tudor Road drive-thru coffee stand where she worked in February of 2012.
The crime — an abduction by a stranger that investigators said ended with Koenig being sexually assaulted and strangled in a shed in a West Anchorage neighborhood — gripped the city and made national headlines. Detectives caught Keyes, 34, with Koenig’s debit card in Texas and arrested him in April. As they began to question him, Keyes told investigators that the Koenig murder was one of many.
They made a deal: Keyes would speak freely about his past crimes in exchange for details being kept out of the public and other demands. He teased that he’d killed “less than a dozen” people around the country over more than a decade, in addition to robbing banks, burglarizing houses and arson.
In 2013, after Keyes’ jailhouse suicide, a federal judge unsealed some of the interviews at the request of the then-Alaska Dispatch. Those conversations mostly dealt with wrangling over legal procedures with investigators and federal prosecutors over his cases.
But some of the sessions, as well as a psychological evaluation of Keyes, were kept sealed.
When author and New York Post columnist Maureen Callahan began researching a book on Keyes, she went in search of the sealed interviews.
“I was just told, ‘No, you can’t have them and we’re not going to tell you why,’ ” Callahan said. “The government was so intent on keeping them sealed years after the case had been closed.”
She tried for years to get the files released, eventually hiring Anchorage attorney Jeffrey Robinson to argue they be unsealed in federal court in Alaska.
In April, a judge ordered the government to release all the interviews, as well as the psychological evaluation.
Callahan’s book about Keyes, “A Dark Night in Alaska: The Hunt for the Perfect Serial Killer,” will be published in 2019.
In April, Keyes submitted to a 6.5-hour evaluation by Dr. Ronald Roesch, a Washington psychologist. It was meant to determine whether Keyes was sane enough to make legal decisions for himself.
The evaluation found that Keyes was sane and at the “high average” end of the intelligence spectrum. He was found to have antisocial tendencies.
He also told Roesch a version of his life history. He said he was born in Cove, Utah, to a large Mormon family. He was the second oldest of 10 children. When he was 3 or 4, the family settled in the woods outside Colville, Washington — a remote hamlet in the northeastern part of the state.
His parents had by then become fundamentalist Christians, moving from churches Keyes described as “Amish” to a “more militant militia sort of church” when he was a teenager. They lived at times without electricity and home-schooled the children. For years, some of the kids slept in a tent. The kids earned money through under-the-table jobs cutting firewood or working on farms. He said he spent time in the woods and hunted “anything with a heartbeat.”
Keyes was obsessed with guns from childhood. As an adolescent, Keyes said he shot at houses with BB guns, broke into homes and started fires in the woods. Later, he slipped into the cabins of neighbors to steal guns, which he secreted in a cache in the family home. When his parents found out, they made him apologize and return the guns, according to an anecdote in the evaluation.
In an already isolated family, Keyes said he kept to himself.
“He stated that there are two sides to him, but people know only one side,” Roesch wrote.
He talked about a need for control, a theme in his interactions with investigators as well as his killings.
In his teenage years, he renounced the Christian faith, which led to a schism between him and his father. In 1997 or 1998 the family moved to Maupin, a high-desert town along the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. He and his brothers helped their dad build a house.
In an interview with FBI investigators, Keyes said that he had by his late teenage years decided he could rape or kill and get away with it. He was also interested in satanism at this time, and began to plan a satanic ritual killing involving a young woman.
The area where Keyes was working was a popular place for inner-tubers to float the Deschutes River. Keyes told investigators that one day he stood on a beach along the river, waded out and grabbed a woman who was last in her group of tubers, a teenage girl with sandy-blond hair.
He dragged her to a remote campground bathroom, tied her up with ropes and raped her, he said. Keyes planned to strangle the girl and dump her body in the toilet pit, where he thought it wouldn’t be discovered for a long time. He had knives with him to use for a satanic ritual.
The girl was a teenager, maybe between the ages of 14 and 18, he told investigators. She was “really scared,” he said. “She kept saying she wasn’t going to tell anybody.”
He told her to shut up but she kept talking, he told the investigators.
“She was pretty smart. It worked,” he said. “Things never got really violent like they could have if she had been fighting me.”
He let her go.
“I was too timid,” he told investigators. “I wasn’t violent enough.”