January 27, 2013

Unlocking secrets of dead serial killer

Israel Keyes confessed to slayings in Vermont and Alaska, but before killing himself, he hinted at more.

By SHARON COHEN and RACHEL D'ORO The Associated Press

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A poster seeking information about Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt., hangs in the window of the Richmond, Vt., Mobil station in 2011. Israel Keyes is suspected of killing the couple.

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Keyes also talked about the murders of Bill and Lorraine Currier, a couple in their 50s, in Essex, Vt., on April 6, 2012. The police had known only that the couple had mysteriously disappeared. But Keyes was eager to set them straight, describing how he had meticulously selected them, sexually assaulted and strangled Lorraine Currier and shot her husband before disposing of the bodies in New York.

"I would describe it as if I was talking to a contractor about the work I was going to have done and he was describing the work he had done in the past," Essex police Lt. George Murtie recalls from an interview he had with Keyes. "There was no emotion or anything. Just flat."

During the interviews, Keyes sometimes clammed up and threatened to stop talking if publicly identified as a suspect in the Curriers' murders. Vermont authorities held off as Alaska investigators pressed for more information.

"Why don't you give us another name?" asked Russo, a federal prosecutor.

Keyes was conflicted -- he wanted his story out there, but worried about the impact it would have on friends and family (he has a daughter believed to be 10 or 11), says Goeden, the FBI agent. He rebuffed all appeals to bring peace to others.

"Think about your loved ones," urged Monique Doll, the lead Anchorage police investigator in the Koenig case. "Wouldn't you want to know if they're never coming home?"

He returned another day with his answer. "I'd rather think my loved one was on a beach somewhere," he said, "other than being horribly murdered."


Israel Keyes never provided another name.

He was found dead Dec. 2, three months before his scheduled trial in the Koenig case. The FBI is analyzing his two bloodstained pages, with writing on both sides, but they apparently don't contain victims' names.

"There's a lot more out there that only Israel Keyes knows," says Feldis, the prosecutor who heard Keyes' first confession, "and he took that to his grave."


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