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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.

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  • Isaac Cros

    May he rest in pain. Fuckin bastard

  • come_and_see

    Israel and murder. What a coincidence.

  • Andyman

    More like Nancy disgrace. LOL.

  • Sam

    Now THAT’s hardcore serial killer. Keeps on going even when the only person within reach is himself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rochell-Arnold/100000587657456 Rochell Arnold

    I agree that chick does more harm than good.

  • Andyman

    I thought this article sums up her general demeanor and disposition on her various shows:
    http://us.toluna.com/opinions/1175793/Is-Nancy-Grace-idiot-actually-offends-person.htm

  • JGo555

    He certainly looked the part of Serial Killer/monster.

  • m0skau

    At least she can say Metallica wrote arguably one of they’re best songs about her..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=455-CIgc7co

  • CT

    DIng,dong the dirt bag is dead.

  • SayAunt

    I think more jail cells should be equipped like Mr. Keyes with plenty of rope, cyanide in the medicine cabinet and a defective space heater.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    I protest.

    “Internet lynch mob” makes it sound like we’re being lazy Americans. Are these words indicating that we can’t even leave the house? I say Hell NO!. In fact, I’m going out RIGHT NOW and PROTEST BEING CALLED an “Internet lynch mob.”

    Of course, this is going to require a lot of energy, so I’ll need a nap first. And, I’d hate to start on an empty stomach, so I’ll have to have some lunch, too. And, Heaven knows, if I don’t check out the Dreamin’ Demon that I might miss an important story. Oh, let me not forget that Amazon might be having a Christmas sale. And, I do need to decided what I’m doing for New Years. And, then there’s the January White sale, I should write down what I need to buy….

    I’ll tell you what, I’m definitely going out tomorrow and start my lynch mobbing. I’ve set the alarm.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………

  • Snickering x Hydra

    Someone mistakenly referred to me as “Snickering Hyena” once…

  • LeaveMeBe

    Who are you calling a hyena?

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Once

    Do you think they’ll ever find the body?

  • Rachel Ann

    Dear, Israel Keyes thanks for not wasting anymore of the peoples tax dollars and just taking care of business yourself.

  • Gee

    Nancy Grace is a complete idiot. This I think we all can agree on.

  • alphatroll

    I believe the word you were looking for was “corroborated”, Morbid… ;)

    And thanks for helping to dis the pitchfork-wielders. Few people realize that the biggest purpose of criminal justice is actually to prevent that kind of thing (by pre-empting it), NOT punishing the guilty or deterring crime in the first place.

    (Not that there’s anything wrong with fantasizing about giving creeps their due, of course!)

  • Athena

    You have an interesting perspective on the purpose of the criminal justice system. I’ve never heard it suggested that it’s primary purpose is to prevent vigilantism. It’s an assertion I disagree with (I believe it to be a purpose, but not the primary purpose, even if it once was), but applaud you for bringing the concept to peoples’ attention, since it is a very important element.

  • newstarshipsmell

    “Complete idiot” seems far too kind to me.

  • wastintime

    I wish I could up vote that a million times.

  • wastintime

    And he freed up court time so they can take care of other worthless pieces of shit.

  • alphatroll

    Perhaps I’m being generous to think of it that way, but you’ve got to admit that it’s far more effective at that than the deterrence angle, and there are plenty of examples demonstrating why vigilantism and mob justice are worse than the crimes that trigger them.

    I wish I could remember where I first picked up the vigilante-suppression theory, but I must admit I didn’t think of it on my own.

  • newstarshipsmell

    I could call you a fear monger again if that helps.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Haha, that’s funny you remembered it. So do I, although I can’t for the life of me recall the article or the context. I vaguely remember the other poster being kinda dumb and tempting me to jump in.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I stereotype Alaskans as odd and untrustworthy as I stereotype Floridians as insane and classless.

  • chikonanklemonitor

    I live in Anchorage and I was in jail with this girls Aunt, so this story seems a little more personal to me somehow. Most Alaskans carry a gun, and most were willing to use one on Israel for being a fucking monster. He not only kidnapped and murdered this girl he totured her. I hope there is a special place in hell for him. and killing himself was the best thing he ever did!

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Nancy Lack-of-Grace: She’s a TFM. I’m a little on the conservative side, but, she just pisses me off. She acts like a troll when she’s on the internet, and is nothing short of being a nasty, inflammatory, mealy-mouthed bitch… But, I could be wrong, it’s just not likely.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    There are relatively few native Floridians. Most are from states like yours…

  • chikonanklemonitor

    so basically yur from florida and you never met anyone from alaska right?

  • JohnQknowitall

    I don’t live in a state. :P

  • Snickering x Hydra

    Nice find. Can’t say I’ve had all that much experience with WoW, but I have been able to relate to Sword Art Online, an anime that’s currently running. If you ever find yourself with a vacuum in your tv life, I’d recommend it.

  • Athena

    Ever been to Alaska? I found it interesting that they run television ads reminding the natives to be nice to tourists to protect the tourism industry. Treatment of tourists must have been BAD if running a public series of ads (that tourists would see) seemed like the better option. :P

    That said, the stereotype, while as unfair as any, does have an element of accuracy in it, as they tend to. Alaska is the state you move to if you want to be left the fuck alone. Lots of misanthropes and anti-social types up there.

    That said, it is absolutely gorgeous up there, and I can’t wait to go back.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I love that title. I think I’m going to get it inked on my neck. :)

  • JohnQknowitall

    I was actually thinking of the whites (btw I am white and have been there once which was more than enough).

  • newstarshipsmell

    Damn, I tried looking that up on YouTube for a laugh, but quickly tired of wading through commercials aimed at the lower 48, sifting for the gold. I’ll just take your word for it and let my imagination fill in the gaps.

  • Athena

    When I say “natives”, I am speaking of those born in or have extensive residence in the state (as opposed to tourists). When I say “Natives”, I am referring to the Native American community. I can see how one might get confused, though. ;)

    Alaska’s not for you, huh? Being from Seattle (used to be the place people moved when they wanted to be left the fuck alone), Alaska’s just a more exaggerated version of here (geographically and meteorologically-speaking). Plus, the way a raven’s call sounds like a woman falling from the window of a burning building really appealed to my dark sensibilities. Couldn’t live there, but love to visit.

  • Athena

    Not available on YouTube? I’m surprised! Perhaps Alaskans don’t find it funny enough to share.

  • newstarshipsmell

    I didn’t say it wasn’t there… I just got tired of looking for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558500678 Kris Karnage

    Word.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Seattle is one of the loveliest places I have ever spent time. The People are among the nicest I have ever met in one of the most beautiful area both naturally and the way the city is geared to the wellbeing of its human population and it ecological systems. I cannot believe you left.

  • LuvsHorror

    I wonder who.

  • whoopsidaisies

    I just realized I am wearing the EXACT same shirt and overshirt that Samantha was wearing in that photo. I needed to tell you all.

  • FrikkenFrak

    Misanthropic and anti-social is how I’m feeling these days. If only I liked the cold enough to move there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rochell-Arnold/100000587657456 Rochell Arnold

    I was thinking the same….”complete idiot” indicates that she has/once had a brain…..I think neither of those are true statements.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ClaireWest74 Claire West

    alphatroll, it may not be your own theory but thanks for sharing :).
    There are also some culture that would handle this in same manner as the lynch mob, which in this situation could have then resulted in the wrong person being killed for the crime. I am not expert on aboriginal or tribal laws and sure its a little ‘off topic’ to compare to mainstream justice system but I do feel it could be good comparison to the ‘lynch mob’ justice in some situations.
    Athena, Ive only just joined DD and finding myself again agreeing with you…seems Im making a habit of it lol Stop making valid points so I dont have to agree :P