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Confessed Serial Killer Israel Keyes' Murder Spree Was All for 'Fun'

by Jeanne Sager on December 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Israel KeyesWe may finally have a clue to the motive of confessed serial killer Israel Keyes, the man who committed suicide in his jail cell earlier this week. His early death seemed to be the end of the mystery of at least a dozen murders committed across the United States, including that of young Alaska barista Samantha Koenig, whose kidnapping and killing landed Keyes in jail. But cops now say that they did get something out of Keyes when he confessed to killing Koenig.

Get ready, America. This isn't the motive that we all hoped would make us feel better. Israel Keyes allegedly murdered nearly a dozen people because, well, hey it seemed like a good idea at the time.

When cops would ask Keyes why he murdered people from Vermont to Alaska, they said he had a pat answer:

He would have this term, he would say, ‘A lot of people ask why, and I would be, like, why not?

OK, sane people like you and me have plenty of reasons why NOT. Because it's wrong. Because it's illegal. Because it's wrong ...

We could almost understand someone who had a horrific childhood who didn't know anything but killing. Not excuse it, mind you, but maybe it would be something we could wrap our heads around and say, "OK, so that's WHY." We could then move on thinking about ways to protect innocent children in the future.

But cops say Keyes thought this was fun; he got a rush from killing people.

How do you move on from that?

Moving on is what we want from these motives, ways to figure out how to prevent these sort of atrocities from happening again. But Keyes' seemed to lack a moral compass. That's what sets him apart from a normal American. That's what makes these tragedies so incomprehensible and so troubling.

You can't correct for someone being born a psychopath. You can't make their life better and hope that they'll figure out how to care. And you can't throw them in jail and lock them up, until, unfortunately, they've done what cops say Keyes confessed to doing ... brutally murdering innocent people.

Maybe we hoped a motive would help us move on from this case, but I'd say this revelation that a serial killer was killing "just for the fun of it" does anything but.

What do you make of this sick, twisted motive? Is this what you expected?

 

Image via Anchorage Police Department

Filed Under: crime, death

Comments

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  • Vegeta
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    Vegeta

    December 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM
    Normal American? So it's cool for the British then amirite? Iol jk. Dudes crazy, hope he rots.
  • lucky...
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    luckydog1029

    December 9, 2012 at 4:30 AM
    ^ LOL. I thought the same thing!
  • jalaz77
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    jalaz77

    December 9, 2012 at 8:05 AM
    Got an answer, why else do serial killers kill? There is never a motive with serial killers. He was a disgusting person and sadly he wasn't caught sooner. He wasn't mental cause he knew what he was doing. Glad he is dead.
  • seren...
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    serenity58

    December 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM
    Your not "born"a psychopath.
  • Megan...
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    MeganDevine

    December 9, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    This guy was sick and twisted. A psychologist would've had a hay-day with this guy. Some one should do a study on serial killer's brains (maybe already done? I shall research). I bet they would find some sort of chemical embalance or something not right up there that would explain why these murderers think that doing crazy morbid stuff like that is ok to satify themselves. Its good not breathing the same air as this guy anymore!


  • Rushn311
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    Rushn311

    December 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Wow, great motive. But I think all serial killers  seem to have  a sense of either doing it and not knowing apparently why they did, just because or some like the rush of it. Either way, that's just a psycho there and I am glad he hung himself because he definitely deserved to die either  way. Feel  sorry for all the victims tho. How horrible. :(


  • Kokos...
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    Kokoscold

    December 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    The real tragedy is we don't know who or where some of his other victims are. He's claimed he killed 7-8 people but the police never found out from Mr. Keyes who or where any of the other people are buired at. The only names we do know about is Sam and the older couple in Vermont. But Sam is the only one we have found. Not since Bonnie Craig has a kindnap and murder shocked Alaskans. I'm just glad it didn't take 20 years unlike Bonnie's case.


  • below...
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    belowzero

    December 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    The sad thing is the correction's officer that was supposed to be babysitting him will probably get in some major trouble for him dying on his/her watch. 


  • tankn...
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    tanknjerbear311

    December 10, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    I have a friend who is friends with the Anchorage Coroner, and said that it was one of the worst cases she's ever seen. The father of the girl, apparently has a lot of underground connections, and I don't think his "Suicide" was a suicide. Seriously, think about it. Serial killers are far to vain to kill themselves.

    Just my two cents.

     


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