In the latest episode of 48 hours titled “Tracking the Murders of Israel Keyes,” it featured never-seen-before evidence that the FBI is using to track Keyes’ victims who are thought to be buried across the country. Isreal Keyes committed a long series of rapes and murders until his capture in 2012. He died while in custody awaiting trial for the murder of Samantha Koenig.
Israel Keyes Biography
Israel Keyes was born in Cove, Utah. He was the second of nine children born to Heidi Keyes and John Jeffrey Keyes. Israel and his siblings were homeschooled. When Keyes was between the ages of three and five years old, his family moved to the Colville, Washington area, where he lived in a one-room cabin without electricity or running water. In Colville, Keyes’ family became neighbors and friends with the family of Chevie Kehoe who was convicted of three 1996 murders. Kehoe went on to murder William Mueller and his wife and stepdaughter and is currently serving three consecutive life sentences in prison for those murders. Keyes was also known to have lived in the Makah Reservation community of Neah Bay on the Olympic Peninsula.
Israel Keyes Age
Keyes was born on January 7, 1978.
Israel Keyes Career
Keyes served in the military in the U.S Army from 1998 through 2001 at Fort Lewis, Fort Hood, and in Egypt. According to military records, Keyes entered the Army in Albany, New York, on July 9, 1998, and was discharged from Fort Lewis on July 8, 2001, at the rank of specialist. Keyes was awarded various military decorations, service medals and awards. In 2007, Keyes started a construction business in Alaska, Keyes Construction, working as a handyman, contractor, and construction worker.
Israel Keyes Marriage
Kimberly Anderson was the girlfriend and mother to one daughter of American serial killer, rapist, arsonist, burglar, and bank robber Israel Keyes. Isreal Keyes committed a long series of rapes and murders until his capture in 2012. He died by suicide on Dec, 2nd, 2012 while in custody, awaiting trial for the murder of Samantha Koenig.
At the time of his arrest, neighbors said Keyes lived at the home with his girlfriend, Kimberly Anderson, who is listed in property records as its owner. The couple reportedly kept to themselves. Anderson has continued to live in the home, but Keyes’ daughter who was 10 or 11 years old at the time of his arrest was not seen in the household. Feldis, an assistant U.S attorney in Anchorage said that Kimberley was not a suspect and had no knowledge of Keyes crimes.
Israel Keyes Victims
Barista Samantha Koenig was working at a drive-thru coffee stand in February 2012 when she went missing one night. Security footage showed a man kidnapping her at gunpoint. According to ABC News, her body was found two months later in a lake; Keyes was eventually tracked down after using Koenig’s debit card to make ATM withdrawals in Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. He also used her phone to send texts to mask her death, including one that demanded a ransom.
After Koenig was dead, Keyes left her body in a shed and went on a two-week cruise with his family, according to Anchorage’s Local FOX affiliate. He later returned to Alaska, issued the ransom demand text with a staged photo meant to look like she was still alive, and then dismembered her body and disposed of it in Matanuska Lake.
Once he was in custody, Keyes confessed to killing Bill and Lorraine Currier of Esses, Vermont, and also four other victims in Washington state and one in New York, none of which he named.
The Curriers disappeared from their Vermont home in June 2011 and were never seen again. Keyes claimed to have taken them to an abandoned farmhouse where he beat and shot Bill and then sexually assaulted Lorraine before strangling her to death.
By the time the authorities were looking for the Curriers’ bodies, the farmhouse had been demolished and an extensive search was unable to recover the bodies from a nearby landfill.
Israel Keyes Death
While awaiting trial for Koenig’s murder Keyes committed suicide in his jail on December 2, 2012.
48 Hours Evidence
FBI Special Agent Katherine Nelson tells 48 Hours correspondent Peter Van Sant that they believe skulls drawn in Keyes’ blood that were seized from his cell represent 11 victims.
“We believe that 11 is the total number of victims,” she says. “I don’t think anybody in his family, his friends, his relationships, his spouses, had any idea what he was doing. With Keyes, it wasn’t about a particular victim, it was about a location.”
“That’s where I got my kicks, I guess, was being able to live two different lives and have no one have a clue, ” says Keyes in an interrogation video, adding, “Every time I’d drive, I’d be looking for places. Good places to do stuff.”
“He loved to travel. He would rent cars, he would drive thousands of miles, he would take people from one state and he would bury them in other states,” says another FBI agent. “There are potential victims wherever Israel Keyes traveled.
“We know there are families out there whose loved ones died at the hands of Israel Keyes. Right now we’re just trying to find them,” says Nelson.
48 Hours airs Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.