February 7, 2013

Serial killer left rambling notes, but no clues

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Handwritten notes found under Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes' body after he killed himself contained poetry about superficiality and consumerism in American society, along with disturbing ramblings about an unnamed victim.

But the writings contained no specific details about his crimes and no information useful in the investigation, such as the names of victims, the FBI said Wednesday in releasing the notes.

The writings were on a yellow legal pad found underneath Keyes, who slit his wrist Dec. 2 in his Anchorage jail cell using the blade of a disposable razor that he had embedded in a pencil. He also had strangled himself with a bedsheet.

The notes were at first too bloody to read, so they were sent to an FBI laboratory in Virginia and restored.

The FBI determined Keyes left behind no code or hidden message in his writings.

The first two pages of the sometimes illegible words make reference to U.S. colonizing and consuming.

"Land of the free, home of the lie, land of the scheme, Americanize! Consume what you don't need, stars you idolize, pursue what you adore it is a dream, then its American die," he wrote.

The final two pages are far darker, referencing a person under his control, the person's obvious fear, and inevitable doom.

"You are my love at first sight, and though you're scared to be near me, my words penetrate your thought now in an intimate prelude," Keyes wrote.

Keyes, 34, was set for a March trial in federal court in the abduction and killing of an 18-year-old Anchorage barista.

Keyes lived briefly in Smyrna, Maine, in the 1990s.

 

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