Discovery of Samantha Koenig's Body Justifies Our Fears (VIDEO)

Israel Keyes
Israel Keyes
If women went by statistics alone, we'd all feel safe walking the streets anywhere, anytime. Those statistics all show women are much more likely to be victimized by someone they know than a stranger. But then there are stories of women like barista Samantha Koenig, the Alaska woman kidnapped two months ago, that make it hard to find comfort in statistics.

Police say they found the 18-year-old barista's dead body in a lake this week, turning suspicions that she had been killed by the strange man who abducted her from the coffee stand where she worked into fact. The cops' chief suspect is a 34-year-old contractor named Israel Keyes, a man Koenig's family doesn't know, a man she doesn't seem to have known until that night. I imagine those "non-stranger" crime statistics are cold comfort for the Koenig family right now.

I know they're hardly comforting for me. I want to feel safe as a woman when I'm out and about, especially living in a rural community. But tragic stories like Koenig's, stories that even police admit are baffling because they are so random, are hard to shake.

I had her in mind just this past Sunday as I walked down a back road with my best friend only to spot a strange man walking a Corgi toward us. There was nothing specifically intimidating or threatening about him, but the first emotion that sprang up in me was fear. He was scary simply because he was a stranger. Here we were, two able-bodied, intelligent women, and there he was, an unknown quantity.

As it turned out, he was simply what he appeared, a man out walking his dog on the lovely back road where we had chosen to get a workout. When I got back in my car at the end of our walk that morning, I felt guilty for jumping so quickly into suspicious mode. But with the discovery of Koenig's body today, I'm feeling less guilty, more assured that my body is right to stiffen, to be wary of strangers, particularly strange men.

Statistics tell me not to. But statistics didn't save Samantha Koenig.

There's more on her story below. How does it make you think about going out around strangers?


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nonmember avatar You

Everyone has guns in Alaska. I'd never shot one but got a handgun when my husband deployed for reasons like this. Not sure if it would've helped but it made me feel better. These coffee trucks are all over town, and I assumed there were always at least two people at all times. Leaving a pretty girl alone in one when it gets dark in the winter at 3 is a no-no. Hopefully they start practicing safer ways for these girls to sell coffee. I feel terrible for her dad. Lots of creeps in AK.

Maevelyn Maevelyn

yeah I can't imagine why you would let one young woman or even two close an isolated coffee truck alone at night. I'm sorry, if you can't pay some one else to be there or some one calls out then as the owner you should come in. Owning a business = coming into work whenever. I can't imagine a preditor not being drawn to a situation like that. Some one is bound to be alone by design of schedualing or even just bc when you only have two ppl on some one wont show one day. 

nonmember avatar Becca

My condolences to the family of this victim; a beautiful, young ,gal ..Marijuana -leaf [bandana/headband] and all...[look close]..she was beautiful like a movie-star,,and this suspct CREEP/ me the chills just looking at him. He has one of those crooked-NOSED , WALL-EYED inbred,dirtbag faces like those sickos in the movie "The Hills Have EYES". I hope SAMANTHA did not befriend this killer, before being abducted by him? Very SAD STORY.

Scott Hagy

I have gone over every post watch all the news stations every day just wanting to hear some good news . I felt like i knew her so young .There is nothing that could be done to him that would serve any justice .I still just can not see how a guy who has a daughter and women at home and it looks as he had work and a good name .Then one night turn in to a killer .And the worst type of one takes a young women and makes her his victim.
Is there a god and if so how could this happen .
The FBI and APD did there job and have there man .I just wish i knew what they say they know and have on Keyes i sure hope he is the one .

nonmember avatar Mic

I live in Alaska, and I know where her coffee stand is located, and it is not isolated. It is on a very busy road, which is why it is surprising nobody saw them leave together (besides the surveillance footage). I also want to say, we have long dark winters here. Israel Keyes wasn't working (he stated he's in debt). The mixture of not working, being broke, and lack of sunshine can make you do crazy things. I am surprised more things like this do not happen here. As more questions will be answered in the coming weeks, I strongly believe we need to pray for peace for James Koenig. This case is going to be shocking, and he is going to need peace.

snowc... snowclover

Another Anchorage woman here. I think Alaska was a little bit naive- it seemed generally expected that she was going to turn up. The discovery and identification of her body was so shocking. That coffee stand is in a very busy area, almost midtown. Of course this is frightening. Alaska attracts oddballs- usually innocent adventurous types, but social recluse types too. I think the next few weeks will be hard on the community and possibly unbearable for her family. I hope justice is found and her father can find some peace.

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