Serial Killer ‘Broke Own Rule’: Israel Keyes Confessed Methods Before Jailhouse Suicide
Israel Keyes, an Alaskan serial killer who has been hunting women in the U.S. for over a decade, admitted to authorities he 'broke his own rule' when he decided to kidnap barista Samantha Koenig in February. Keyes broke his own rule when he entered the coffee shop on February 1 with the intent of kidnapping, raping, robbing and killing Koenig.
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He confessed to authorities he intended simply to rob the coffee shop, but lost control when he saw Koenig. After leaving a trail of evidence, including Koenig's dismembered body and transactions on her stolen debit cards, police apprehended Keyes on March 12 and he began confessing to other murders and revealing the rules he lived by. Keyes told authorities that he studied prolific serial killers, especially Ted Bundy, to learn how he could kill and avoid capture.
"He basically had this rule, this unwritten rule, that he would travel outside and go to great lengths to distance himself from any of his victims," Anchorage police detective Monique Doll said at a press conference. "He told us he was losing control. He was losing the massive amount of self-control that he had."
Keyes broke his own rule when he impulsively chose a victim so close to home. Authorities believe he killed around a dozen people in the last decade using his own rules to create kill sites where he would bury murder kits that included weapons and body-disposing tools along with cash for the long journey home.
But Keyes broke several of his own rules when he committed the Samantha Koenig murder.
Keyes broke his own rule by killing so close to home, and he also broke his own rule against killing a victim who did not have a vehicle. Because of modern forensic techniques, Keyes was understandably worried about transporting a victim in his own vehicle. He broke his own rule against being captured alive too, and told authorities he would rob banks and hope for a police shootout that would take his life. He would always rob banks with two guns, one to show the teller, and a second gun with more than 100 rounds in it specifically for a shootout.
Despite his prolific criminal record and having researched serial killers like Ted Bundy, Keyes told investigators he did not want to be called 'a serial killer.'
"He never identified himself as a serial killer," Doll said. "That was one of the things that he wanted very much, as this investigation progressed, to keep from being identified as."
Like the TV serial killer Dexter Morgan, Keyes never broke his own rule against hurting his girlfriend or daughter. According to investigators he was proud of his double-life. Many saw him as a stable, responsible family man while in reality he was a rapist, murderer and thief.
The impulsiveness that caused Keyes to break his own rule against killing so close to home almost cost a couple their lives in 2011. Keyes began stalking a young couple in a park in Anchorage and was preparing to kill them when a police officer showed up and told the couple the park was closed.
"It could have got ugly, but fortunately for the cop guy his backup showed up," Keyes told authorities. "I mean, APD is really good. They're really good, like all by the book and stuff. That's about the time I decided to get a scanner because I almost got myself into a lot of trouble on that one."
Chilling video of Keyes interviews with authorities showcases the lighthearted, remorseless demeanor he showed when confessing to rapes and murders. Although he broke his own rule and got caught, Keyes never gave authorities any indication he felt guilty about his crime spree.
"Israel Keyes never expressed in any way, shape or form that he was ashamed or regretted any of his actions and he was very self-aware. He was also very okay with the fact that he did this because he got enjoyment out of it," Doll said. "He didn't try to rationalize it."
Keyes committed suicide in his jail cell on December 2.
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