Wily Serial Killer Raised in Anti-Semitic Church

Israel Keyes Eluded Investigators for Decade

By Reuters

Published December 24, 2012.
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The criminal investigation will continue indefinitely, even if there is no prosecution, “because there will inevitably be many, many unknowns,” Feldis said.

Keyes was caught in Texas in March with a debit card stolen from Koenig, whom he abducted from her coffee stand in February. Keyes admitted to kidnapping, raping and killing her, then dismembering her body and dumping her remains in an icy lake before traveling out of Alaska.

Once in custody, he also confessed to the 2011 killings of Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vermont, and the disposal of four bodies in Washington state and one in New York state.

Only three homicides have been definitively pinned to him – those of Koenig and the Curriers – in large part because Keyes could not identify victims by name.

His motivation was enjoyment, said Monique Doll, an Anchorage homicide detective who worked on the investigation. Throughout his months of jail interviews, Keyes was utterly unapologetic and remorseless, she said.

“Israel Keyes didn’t kidnap and kill people because he was crazy. He didn’t kidnap and kill people because his deity told him to or because he had a bad childhood. Israel Keyes did this because he got an immense amount of enjoyment out of it, much like an addict gets an immense amount of enjoyment out of drugs,” Doll told a news conference.

He also enjoyed staying under the radar, officials said. He targeted total strangers, avoiding anyone with any possible connection, traveling hundreds of miles to target random victims at secluded parks, trail heads and other remote locations.

He broke some of his own rules when he killed Koenig, abducting her at her workplace on a busy Anchorage street, where security cameras caught some of his actions, and killing her at his own house, officials said. Keyes admitted he considered merely robbing Koenig – whom he did not know – and instead gave in to his compulsions, Doll said.

“In prior cases, he had enough self-control to walk away from it,” Doll said. “But with Samantha, he didn’t.”


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