Serial Killer Found Dead: Israel Keyes Dead In Alaska Jail Cell After Confessing To Samantha Koenig Murder

By Amir Khan on December 3, 2012 8:28 AM EST

Israel Keyes
A serial killer found dead in an Alaska jail cell confessed to 7 murders over the past 14 years (Photo: Reuters)

A serial killer found dead in an Alaska jail cell was an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said on Sunday. The serial killer found dead, 34-year-old Israel Keyes, was awaiting trial for the kidnapping and murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who disappeared from an Anchorage coffee shop in February.

The serial killer found dead recently confessed to the Koenig murder, and was scheduled for trial in March, facing a possible death penalty.

In addition to confessing to the Koenig murder, Isael Keyes, the serial killer found dead, also confessed to the murder of Vermont couple Bill and Lorraine Currier in 2011 and five more people, who he did not name to police. Police said the serial killer found dead likely killed more people than he let on.

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"He did tell us that he had killed other people and that there were bodies of up to four other people in Washington state, as well as a body disposed of in New York state," Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis said, according to NBC News.

The FBI considered Israel Keyes, the serial killer found dead, to be a serial killer, according to Alaska's KTUU.

"We've developed information that he was responsible for multiple additional victims. To our knowledge there are no other victims here in Alaska. They're all in the Lower 48," FBI Special Agent Mary Rook said. "We do know he traveled extensively and he didn't always stay where he landed. He would land in one airport, rent a car and drive hundreds of miles."

And while he confessed to police for numerous hours, the serial killer found dead was almost happy about it, police said.

"Mr. Keyes never showed no remorse for his actions," Feldis told KTUU.

 Police said they will continue to investigate Israel Keyes' numerous murders, but said the investigation into everything the serial killer found dead ever did would take some time.

Michelle Tasker, a spokeswoman for the Koenig family, told KTUU that they wish the serial killer found dead did not take his own life.

"We would've obviously liked for him to have gone in front of a jury of his peers and answer for what he's been accused of doing," Tasker. "He did an injustice again to Samantha."

Details about the serial killer found dead's suicide were not released to the public, but police did not suspect found foul play, according to the Huffington Post.

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