Suspected Serial Killer Found Dead in Alaska Cell
Cops believe Israel Keyes killed at least 8
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2012 1:35 AM CST
This photo provided by the Anchorage Police Department shows Israel Keyes.    (AP Photo/Anchorage Police, file)

(Newser) – A drifter suspected of murdering a young barista in Alaska and at least seven other people was found dead in his jail cell yesterday morning. Authorities say Israel Keyes, who was due to stand trial in March for the kidnapping and murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, died of an apparent suicide, the AP reports. After Keyes' death, police announced that they had linked him to seven murders outside Alaska.

Officials say the 34-year-old carpenter and Army veteran confessed to killing a couple in Vermont, four people in Washington state, and a man in New York. All the murders appear to have been random killings of strangers and investigators say they have been unable to uncover any motive, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Keyes only gave out a little bit of information at the time of his arrest in March and investigators suspect there may have been even more victims.

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Dec 4, 2012 7:55 AM CST
They found him on the floor at the foot of his bed hang'n from the bed frame with a towel twisted tight around his scrawny neck. Yep, suicide. I hope there are more like this in the future. All of them obviously suicides. I guess the guilt finally got the better of them.
Dec 3, 2012 5:47 PM CST
Good fuckin'-riddance. Anyone suspected of killing 7 people at different times is guilty of at least one or two murders. The odds of a person being falsely accused of one, even two crimes is high, but more than three of four is so astronomical that it's not really sensible to entertain the notion that he was innocent of all (or even most) of them. This guy was all over the map; Vermont, Alaska, Washington State, New York. Sure, the Police have their issues and in some cases can be accused of malfeasance, but they can't ALL be frame-ups. I sure don't want to pay to house this guy indefinitely in the penitentiary only to have his conviction overturned because a witness died or someone forgot a comma on a search warrant, and I happen to believe that most other prisoners incarcerated should be protected from this kind of monster. It's self-directed pest-control, as far as I'm concerned. Now, if we can just get the roaches, fleas and rats to follow suit......
Dec 3, 2012 5:22 PM CST
good for him! he did the right thing in the end! hope this starts a new trend!