User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
TV Banner
News : TV Show To Profile Late Alaska Serial Killer
Posted by Randy on 2014/3/20 4:33:29 (246 reads) News by the same author

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An upcoming special episode of Investigation Discovery's "Dark Minds" TV series says it has new information about confessed Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes, including the identity of a potential victim.
Click to see original Image in a new window

Keyes was believed to have killed at least 11 people before committing suicide in his Anchorage jail cell 15 months ago while awaiting a federal trial in the rape and strangulation murder of his last known victim, Samantha Koenig. The 18-year-old Anchorage woman was abducted in February 2012 from the local coffee stand where she worked.

The two-hour, season-opening "Dark Minds" episode scheduled to air April 2 reports what it says are new details about the Koenig case. The episode, which includes dramatizations by actors, also suggests a man who disappeared from Washington's Olympia National Park in 2004 - Gilbert Gilman - was an undisclosed victim of Keyes, who had been in the region to participate in a marathon. And it claims Keyes identified himself as a bisexual and a necrophiliac.

Series creator and host M. William Phelps told The Associated Press that he spent more than a year investigating Keyes, interviewing people including authorities, a serial killer he calls "Raven," a criminal profiler, people who knew Keyes, as well as former Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Warner, who was present during many of Keyes' interviews with the FBI.

"It really exhausted me, emotionally and physically, this case," Phelps said Wednesday. "I was just living it 24/7."

After the Koenig kidnapping, Keyes reportedly sipped wine in a toolshed outside his home, telling his victim there exactly what he planned to do before he sexually assaulted and killed her, leaving her body in the shed before embarking on a cruise the next day. The series also claims Keyes later sewed open the eyes of the dead and frozen victim to make her look alive as he photographed her with a new copy of a local newspaper.

Authorities have already revealed that Keyes wrote a ransom note on the back of the photo, demanding that $30,000 be placed in Koenig's account. He texted a message, directing the family to a dog park where the note could be found. Her family deposited money from a reward fund.

Keyes also said he robbed banks to help pay for his travels to find random victims.

Keyes, the second eldest in a large family, was homeschooled in a cabin without electricity near Colville, Wash., in a mountainous, sparsely populated area. The family moved in the 1990s to Smyrna, Maine, where they were involved in the maple syrup business, according to a neighbor who remembered Keyes as a nice, courteous young man.

After leaving the Army, Keyes worked for the Makah Indian tribe in Washington, then moved to Anchorage in 2007 after his girlfriend found work here. A self-employed carpenter and handyman, he was considered competent, honest and efficient. He had a young daughter who lived with him and his girlfriend in Anchorage.

Keyes was arrested in Lufkin, Texas, about six weeks later after using Koenig's debit card. Three weeks after the arrest, Koenig's dismembered body was found in a frozen lake north of Anchorage.

The FBI and other authorities have been able to link Keyes to the only three victims he named - Koenig and an Essex, Vt., couple, Bill and Lorraine Currier, who disappeared in 2011. In months of interviews with authorities after his arrest last year, Keyes toyed with investigators, doling out snippets and clues about other possible victims across the country as he demanded a promise that he would be executed rather than spend his life in prison.

Keyes never disclosed much information about the other crimes, trying to keep as many details as possible out of the media so his daughter wouldn't be able to find any information up on the Internet or his mother wouldn't have a heart attack reading what he did.

The FBI has publicly released a timeline of travels and crimes by Keyes, hoping to shed light on unsolved killings in the nation. Authorities have been trying to determine whether Keyes was involved in the 2009 disappearance of a New Jersey woman, Debra Feldman, who was last seen at her Hackensack home.

Anchorage-based Special Agent Kevin Donovan with the FBI said Wednesday he didn't immediately know the status of the New Jersey case. He also said authorities have received information about cases that could be tied to Keyes and are following up on it. But he said he wouldn't characterize any of it as strong leads.

"We are still looking for any additional information from the public or from law enforcement that might help us identify additional victims," he said.

At the end of the upcoming episode, Phelps urges viewers to help solve mysteries that remain about Keyes and his unknown victims.

"I hope the families can have some answers from this," he said. "That's my goal."

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/8/28 15:01:25 - KC Royals Turning Back Clock To 1974
2014/8/28 14:50:00 - Milan Coaches Shows For Thursday, 8/28/14
2014/8/28 12:50:00 - Chillicothe Hornets Have Dominant Tennis, Golf Performances
2014/8/28 12:32:42 - KC Royals Urge Fans To "Wear Blue" For Rare Sunday Night Game
2014/8/28 12:27:24 - KC Royals Place Top Prospect Starling In Arizona Fall League
2014/8/28 12:21:45 - Brookfield Wins Extra-Inning Showdown With Penney, 3-2
2014/8/28 10:00:00 - Circuit Court At Trenton Busy With Cases
2014/8/28 9:54:14 - Firm Interested In Building Solar Farm North Of Trenton
2014/8/28 9:50:00 - Cameron Woman Injured In I-35 Accident
2014/8/28 9:50:00 - North Harrison Spoils Princeton's Home Opener, 3-1
2014/8/28 9:47:23 - Lawyer Criticizes Missouri Child Abuse Proposal
2014/8/28 9:41:40 - KC Chiefs Add To Line Depth, Signing Veteran McGlynn
2014/8/28 9:40:00 - Parents Complain About Alleged Punishment At Columbia Elementary School
2014/8/28 9:28:34 - More Than 200 Missouri Bills Become Law Today
2014/8/28 9:24:57 - Missouri Dairy Farmers Urge Veto Override
2014/8/28 9:20:25 - Carrollton Woman Indicted In $185K Bank Fraud Scheme
2014/8/28 5:45:34 - More Than A Dozen Arrests In Macon, Randolph County Drug Round-Up
2014/8/28 4:40:00 - Missouri Woman Arrested After Posting Photos On Facebook Posing With Corpse
2014/8/28 4:30:00 - Mom Upset About 911 Dispatchers Response To Call Of Baby Locked In Car
2014/8/28 4:20:30 - Toddler Abducted From Excelsior Springs Home Found In Westport
2014/8/28 4:16:41 - Omaha Police Bullet Kills "Cops" Film Crew Member
2014/8/28 4:09:28 - Committee Formed To Investigate Need For Body Cameras At Trenton Police Department
2014/8/27 16:30:00 - NCMC Men Announce 2014-2015 Basketball Schedule
2014/8/27 13:10:00 - Princeton Tiger Coaches Shows For Wednesday, 8/27/14
2014/8/27 10:58:21 - Brookfield Defeats Trenton In Tuesday Golf Duel
2014/8/27 10:34:56 - Board Of Public Works Reports On Drinking Water And Electric Department
2014/8/27 10:31:10 - Heartland Health and Mosaic Life Announce Partnership
2014/8/27 10:26:00 - City Of Chillicothe Receives Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Award
2014/8/27 10:19:03 - Gun And Toy Show To Be Held In Marceline
2014/8/27 5:50:00 - UPDATE: Authorities Searching Daviess County For Alleged Car Thief



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM