Man Found Dead in Alaska Jail Linked to 7 Other Killings

Israel Keyes confessed to the murder of Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, among others

By on December 3rd, 2012 10:44 GMT

Confessed serial killer Israel Keyes took his own life in his prison cell in Alaska, on Sunday, December 2. Before committing suicide, Keyes revealed that he was responsible for the deaths of at least seven other people, as well as two bank robberies.

As we wrote earlier today, he was facing murder charges in Anchorage federal court, for the murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig. He had confessed to the killing, and even led the police to her body.

Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vermont, were two of his other victims. Their bodies were discovered in September in the basement of an abandoned farmhouse, after police received a tip on their whereabouts. 

Officials stated that 50-year-old Bill and 55-year-old Lorraine had been kidnapped from their home, in their car, in an affidavit referenced by Burlington Free Press

“The lead indicated that the Curriers were forcibly removed from their home and driven in their car to an abandoned farmhouse located at 32 Upper Main St. in Essex.

“William and Lorraine Currier were reported to have died by homicidal violence during the early morning hours of June 9, 2011, at this abandoned farmhouse,” the statement reads.

The other victims remain unidentified, although four of murders occurred in Washington state, and one in New York, according to Keyes' own account, as cited by the Daily Mail.

Samantha Koenig had been missing since February this year, but her remains were only discovered on April 2. Examiners concluded that she had been killed during the first 24 hours after she was abducted.

The killer told investigators that he had dumped her in a frozen lake, by drilling a hole into the icy surface.

Prosecutors revealed that he stole the card from her car, which was parked in the proximity of her residence. Koenig was kidnapped from her workplace, as she was closing up the coffee place where she worked as a barista.

He then used her cellphone to send messages to relatives, at first to let them know she was fine, and later to ask for ransom.

He was apprehended after using her debit card, in Texas; however, withdrawals were also made in Alaska, Arizona and New Mexico.

Had he been brought to court in March as scheduled, he could have received the death sentence, and would have been tried for two bank robberies as well, one of which occurred in Texas.

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