Two Bodies For A Cigar: Serial Killer Israel Keyes Offered Gory Murder Details For A Price

By Philip Ross on April 12, 2013 1:53 PM EDT

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Alleged serial killer Israel Keyes bargained with investigators after his arrest in March of last year. He’d give them murder details, if they gave him cigars. (Photo: Flickr/Michael248)

The deal was two bodies for a cigar. Alleged serial killer Israel Keyes told investigators he would recount in gory detail the murders of 12 people all over the U.S. for the small price of a smoke (among other demands).

Keyes, 34, a carpenter and Army veteran, was taken into custody back in March 2012 for the murder of an Alaskan barista named Samantha Koenig. ABC News reports that Keyes' arrest ended a ten-year slaughtering spree in which the serial killer murdered atleast 12 people all over the country. According to ABC, Keyes even buried murder kits full of weapons and body disposal supplies in preparation for future crimes.

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Keyes' Confession Cut Short

Unforunately, Keyes was never able to fully divulge the gruesome specifics of his murders, because the serial killer committed suicide in December of last year, cutting short his confessions and leaving investigators still puzzled over some of the details of his victims' deaths.

From ABC News:

Serial killer Israel Keyes committed suicide in his Alaska jail cell by embedding a disposable razor blade into a pencil and slitting his wrist and using bedding material to strangle himself, the FBI said today.

Keyes, 34, left behind "crumpled, blood soaked paper" with writing on the pages.

Before Keyes committed suicide, he admitted during jailhouse interviews to killing up to a dozen other people. However, he never gave the names of many of his victims, nor the locations of their bodies, leaving investigators with more questions than answers. 

Israel Keyes Revealing Interview Tapes

Now, over 15 hours of recorded conversation between Keyes and FBI agents, prosecutors and Anchorage police have been released to the media. On the videotapes, made between April and July 2012, Keyes confessed to murdering 12 other people around the U.S. ABC reports that Keyes discussed his motives, limits and triggers, and that he was also coy with investigators regarding the details of his gruesome killing spree, giving them information only when he got something in return.

"I'm happy to help, but it's on my terms," he told investagators back in April 2012.

What was Keyes' other stipulation? He wanted investigators to promise to execute him within a year of his arrest.

"I want an execution date...I want this whole thing wrapped up and over with as soon as possible," he said on April 6. "I'll give you every single gory detail you want, but that's what I want because I want my kid to have a chance to grow up. She's in a safe place now."

During the interviews, Keyes said he would get an arbitrary urge to "do something," and used the term "take someone" in reference to his abducting and murdering a random individual. He also said the one thing he wouldn't do was hurt kids.

'I'll give you two bodies and a name'

During one of the taped interviews, Keyes said, "I'll give you two bodies and a name," but wanted a cigar in return for the information, ABC reports.

"I can give you one of the murder weapons and the rest of the story, like everything that happened, but I'm not going to give you the rest [today]," he said.

Authorities accomodated Keyes' request, and even let him decide when he wanted to smoke it.

Investigators learned from the exchange with Keyes the location of two of Keyes' victims' bodies - a Vermont couple whose names were Bill and Lorraine Currier. Seven Days reports that Keyes targeted the Curriers, who disappeared in June 2011, for no obvious reason.

According to Seven Days, Keyes entered the Curriers' bedroom, tied them up with zip ties, then drove them out to a vacant farmhouse where he shot Bill Currier to death and raped Lorraine Currier, whom he then strangled.

Keyes confession during detainment finally shed light on some of the unknown details, including the location of the bodies, of the Currier murder, offering a bit of closure for the Currier family. 

Other families of the victims, however, may never fully know what happened to their missing loved ones. 

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