Anchorage, Alaska – Israel Keyes, the man who confessed to abducting and murdering 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, was found dead in his cell Sunday morning from an apparent suicide.
Karen Loeffler, the U.S. Attorney for Alaska, held a news conference Sunday afternoon informing the press that Keyes had been found dead in his cell at the Anchorage Jail that morning. They dd not reveal how he killed himself, only that foul play was not suspected and that he was alone in his cell at the time of his death.
Koenig disappeared while working as a barista at a coffee stand in Anchorage. Even with surveillance video capturing Koenig being abducted by an armed man wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap, it took months before police in Texas would announce they had arrested 34-year-old Israel “Izzy” Keyes after he used Koenig’s stolen debit card.
Shortly after the self-employed contractor’s arrest, he would confess to murdering Koening and told investigators where her body could be found. Dive teams would find Koenig’s body trapped under the ice of Matanuska Lake. Keyes would also admit to kidnapping and killing Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vermont. Investigators have corroborated a lot of what Keyes detailed regarding the missing couple, although their bodies have yet to be found.
The FBI considers Keyes to be a serial killer and have linked him to at least seven other possible killings in three other states. “We’ve developed information that he was responsible for multiple additional victims. To our knowledge there are no other victims here in Alaska. They’re all in the Lower 48,” said FBI Special Agent Mary Rook.
The information she is talking about is Keyes admitting to murdering four other people in Washington State and one person in New York, although he did not give the names of the supposed victims.
This comes as no surprise to me as I even stated in my original article that Keyes’ website revealed the man has done a lot of traveling over the years and that I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets linked to other unsolved missing person cases.
Another interesting thing to note about this case was the Internet lynch mob that formed after Koenig was reported missing. Too bad that the armchair detectives out there were going after the wrong man. They aimed their pitchforks at Christopher Bird because Koenig had once filed a restraining order against him.
The Internet crime community, as well as Koenig’s own father, practically accused Bird of having something to do with Koenig’s disappearance, despite the man having an alibi and police clearing him early on in their investigation.
Chelsea Hoffman wrote something about it for Huffington Post, reminding people to be wary about forming e-mobs based purely on information gleaned from the news, Nancy Grace, and sites like ours. But I don’t think the majority of people who take part in these online lynch mobs care much about justice and are more akin to a pack of anonymous hyenas with the smell of blood in their snouts and a love for drama.