In March 2012 Israel Keyes was arrested for the murder of 18-year-old Alaskan barista Samantha Koenig. It was a crime that captured worldwide attention not just for its own gruesome nature, but because it also became clear that Keyes was a sick and twisted serial killer.
Before he committed suicide in his jail cell last December he gave police numerous clues and hints that led them to believe he'd killed at least 11 people across the country randomly and would have killed many more had he not been caught. Unfortunately, he took the easy way and killed himself -- which was no loss, except for the fact that it left many unanswered questions and the potential of victims out there undiscovered.
So now the FBI is taking action, and asking for the public's help. Today they released new information that they're hoping will help identify others who may have been killed by Keyes.
The information includes the following video, which shows almost an hour of video-taped conversations with Keyes, as well as an interactive map that shows his known whereabouts between 1997 and the time he was captured.
In a statement, Special Agent Jolene Goeden of the FBI's Anchorage Division said:
He gave us a number of clues. He talked openly about some of the homicides, but much of what he said only hinted at the things he had done. So we are trying to get information out there about what he did tell us. We are letting the public know the types of cars he rented, towns he visited, campgrounds he frequented. Anything that might spur someone’s memory could help us.
Besides Koenig, the other victims they know of were a couple in Vermont who were murdered in 2011. It's believed there may have been victims in New York, Washington, and elsewhere. Since they have his DNA they are hoping to link him to other unsolved cases, which he reportedly covered up by planting "murder kits" around the country so he could travel via air without weapons or using credit cards to link him to a particular area.
So view the map; watch the videos, if you can stomach watching such evil. If anything sounds familiar or sparks a memory, the FBI is asking that you call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
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