Tuesday, 12 January 2016

154.Roger Reece KIBBE

A.K.A.: "I-5 Killer"

Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 7 +
Date of murders: 1977 / 1986 - 1987
Date of birth: 1941
Victims profile: Lou Ellen Burleigh, 21 / Lora Heedrick, 20 / Barbara Ann Scott, 29 / Stephanie Brown, 19 / Charmaine Sabrah, 26 / Katherine Kelly Quinones, 25 / Darcie Frackenpohl, 17
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: California, USA
Status: Sentenced to six consecutive life sentences on November 4, 2009

Roger Kibbe was a middle-aged, hen-pecked husband with a lengthy record, including two stints in prison for non-violent crimes. In 1985 he began a serial killing spree that earned him the nickname “I-5 strangler.”
Kibbe stalked the freeways south of Sacramento late at night looking for young women with car trouble. After offering to help, they were abducted, driven to remote locations and strangled with their own clothing. Kibbe was suspected in four slayings, but evidence was slim.
After two pieces of microscopic evidence linked Kibbe to one of the killings, he was subsequently tried and convicted of one count of first-degree murder and sentenced to prison for 25 years. He will be eligible for parole in two years, but it is doubtful that he will be released, considering he is reported to be a suspect in other unsolved killings.

Roger Kibbe
Known as the I-I5 Killer in California in the mid 1980's, Roger Kibbe was tried and convicted on 2 counts of murder rape in Eldorado County. I know because I had to appear for the prosecution as a professional witness. The industrious type, he is also suspected of five more murder-rapes in Sacramento. District attorney Robert Drossel believes Kibbe could have been responsible for up to 38 murders.
Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers

I-5 Strangler Gets 6 Life Terms In Prison
Kibbe Avoids Death Penalty
November 5, 2009
STOCKTON, Calif. -- The so-called I-5 Strangler was sentenced Thursday to six consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to six Northern California killings in an effort to avoid the death penalty.
Roger Reece Kibbe, 70, is not eligible for parole.
Kibbe is currently serving 25 years to life in San Quentin State Prison for the 1987 murder of 17-year-old Darcie Frackenpohl, whose body was found in El Dorado County.
Kibbe received his nickname for committing some of his crimes along Interstate 5.
His earlier indictment in connection with six slayings that took place from 1977 to 1986 made him eligible for the death penalty.
Kibbe was accused in the indictment of killing the following victims:
Lou Ellen Burleigh, Sept. 11, 1977
Lora Heedrick of Modesto, April 21, 1986
Barbara Ann Scott, July 3, 1986
Stephanie Brown of Sacramento, July 15, 1986
Charmaine Sabrah of Sacramento, Aug. 17, 1986
Katherine Kelly Quinones, Nov. 5, 1986
Kibbe heard from the families of his victims in court on Thursday, some of whom called him a "monster" and "inhuman."
"Today, we're done with Roger Kibbe. So that's the best we could get," said Jo Allyn Brown, the mother of victim Stephanie Brown. "He's not coming out."
Carmen Anselmi, the mother of victim Charmaine Sabrah, said she forgives Kibbe.
"If God can forgive, why can't I?" Anselmi said. "I still have that hurt."
Anselmi said "I felt like I was sending her to her death, but it was too late," after she saw her daughter accept a ride from Kibbe 24 years ago. Their car had broken down along I-5, and Sabrah became one of his victims.
Kibbe never looked at the families of his victims, but he did offer a statement through his attorney Thursday.
"He's wracked with humiliating fear of why he did it," Jan Karowski said.
Kibbe also confessed to one other rape, but no murders.
"There's two missing girls from Modesto who disappeared from the same location where he said he picked that girl up," detective Vito Bertocchini said. "And I have a strong feeling that he did not release that girl."

Justice is served: The confessions of Roger Reece Kibbe
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Justice is famously blind, and it is often slow, but it is nonetheless rewarding to see it done.
In the past few weeks, prosecutors and investigators from four Northern California counties finally closed the book on six murders, two of which took place in Napa County. All six were committed by Roger Reece Kibbe, the so-called I-5 Strangler who was already in prison for murder when investigators evoked confessions of his additional crimes.
Kibbe admitted to the murders late last month, five in 1986 and one in 1977, and acknowledged raping his victims in five of those cases.
The two women who died in Napa County were Lou Ellen Burleigh of Walnut Creek, 21 at the time of her death in 1977, and Katherine Quinones of Sacramento, who was 25 when she died in 1986.
Given the enormity of Kibbe’s crimes, it is hard to draw meaningful lessons from this new twist, other than that jailers should throw away the key after returning Kibbe, 70, to his prison cell.
But there are a few. We should remember that many people, young women especially, remain vulnerable to those who would seek to harm them. It is important for young women to take precautions such as traveling with a companion or letting others know their whereabouts when meeting strangers or going to unfamiliar places.
We should also remember that the details of what we see and hear often matter a great deal in solving difficult cases. Kibbe was a sky diver who used the netting from his diving equipment to strangle a West Sacramento teen in the case that resulted in his first conviction, in 1991.
Over time, investigators from different counties noted the same material was used in some of Kibbe’s other crimes, most of which involved victims he met randomly and others he schemed to meet in isolated places.
It took more than 20 years to close most of these cases, and 32 to evoke a confession in the case of Burleigh, whose remains apparently are still where Kibbe left them, somewhere near Lake Berryessa.
Mike Frey, an investigator with the Napa County district attorney’s office, worked on these cases for several years, as did law enforcement officers from San Joaquin, Amador and Contra Costa counties. After Kibbe’s plea, he said, “On one hand, I’m happy for the families (of the victims), but I’ll always regret not being able to find Lou Ellen Burleigh’s remains. I’m hoping someday someone will stumble across something … I think her family deserves that."

I-5 Strangler Pleaded Guilty to 6 Killings
September 29, 2009
STOCKTON, Calif. -- The so-called I-5 Strangler has pleaded guilty to six Northern California killings as part of a deal to avoid the death penalty. Roger Reece Kibbe, 70, is set to be sentenced on Nov. 5. He faces six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.
The sentence hinges on whether or not Kibbe cooperates with investigators by providing key details about the slayings. "We don't know if he committed the other murders. If he says he did, then it'll be a good opportunity to solve some old crimes," deputy district attorney Kevin Mayo said.
Kibbe is currently serving 25 years to life in San Quentin State Prison for the 1987 murder of 17-year-old Darcie Frackenpohl, whose body was found in El Dorado County. Kibbe received his nickname for committing some of his crimes along Interstate 5. His earlier indictment in connection with six slayings that took place from 1977 to 1986 made him eligible for the death penalty. Kibbe was accused in the indictment of killing the following victims:
Lou Ellen Burleigh, Sept. 11, 1977
Lora Heedrick of Modesto, April 21, 1986
Barbara Ann Scott, July 3, 1986
Stephanie Brown of Sacramento, July 15, 1986
Charmaine Sabrah of Sacramento, Aug. 17, 1986
Katherine Kelly Quinones, Nov. 5, 1986

Gag order issued in case of alleged 'I-5 Strangler'
By Layla Bohm - News-Sentinel Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Suspected "I-5 Strangler" Roger Reece Kibbe made his second court appearance Monday, where he saw the judge who will preside over his trial on allegations of killing six women.
San Joaquin County Superior Court judge Bernard J. Garber then promptly issued a gag order that he'd prepared as soon as he learned the case would land on his bench.
Kibbe, 68, said nothing as interim Public Defender Pete Fox asked Garber for more time than usual, "in view of the extremely voluminous nature of this case."
Garber scheduled a March 17 hearing on whether to seal a stack of transcripts from grand jury proceedings.
A grand jury indicted Kibbe on six counts of rape and murder in deaths ranging from 1977 to 1986. Approximately 80 witnesses testified before the grand jury, which convened in the last week of January and issued the indictment Feb. 25.
Kibbe did not enter a plea Monday to six counts of murder, which could make him eligible for the death penalty.
He is charged with killing Lou Ellen Burleigh, 21, of Walnut Creek, in 1977, and five other deaths in 1986: Lora Heedick, 20, of Modesto; Barbara Ann Scott; Stephanie Brown, 19, of Sacramento; Charmaine Sabrah, 26, of Sacramento; and Katherine Kelly Quinones, 25, of Sacramento.
According to a true-crime book about the case, as well as media accounts of Kibbe's 1991 trial on one murder charge, the I-5 Strangler targeted women along Interstate 5. Either they broke down and he stopped to help, or he faked car troubles of his own.
The bodies were then found dumped in rural areas, including Highway 12 west of Interstate 5, where Brown's body was discovered.
The cases were investigated by a task force of San Joaquin and Sacramento county investigators, though bodies were found in other counties.
Kibbe is serving a sentence of 25 years to life for the 1987 death of 17-year-old Darcie Frackenpoehl, who disappeared from Sacramento and whose body was found in El Dorado County.
Why the case is being prosecuted in San Joaquin County is not clear, and Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau said that was a matter of grand jury testimony, which is still under seal. He made the statement before Garber issued the gag order.
Garber has previously issued gag orders in high-profile cases. Among them is the murder trial of Sarah Dutra, a college student accused of helping give her boss, Larry McNabney, a lethal dose of horse tranquilizer and putting his body in a refrigerator inside his Woodbridge garage.
The gag order means that witnesses, along with attorneys in the case, are now barred from talking to the press. Such gag orders typically last through the end of a trial.

Prisoner accused of killing six women as 'I-5 Strangler'
Mar 8, 2008
STOCKTON, Calif. - A state prisoner suspected of being the "I-5 Strangler" could face the death penalty if he's convicted of six murders committed more than two decades ago along Interstate 5 in California's Central Valley.
Roger Reese Kibbe, 68, was arraigned in San Joaquin County Friday on charges he murdered five women in 1986 and a sixth woman in 1977.
He is currently serving a life term at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga for strangling a 17-year-old West Sacramento prostitute and leaving her naked body in the mountains south of Lake Tahoe in 1987.
Investigators have long said they suspected Kibbe in the other slayings.
El Dorado County prosecutors presented some of that evidence at his 1991 trial for Darcie Frackenpohl's murder. The runaway from Seattle was killed after she disappeared from a West Sacramento street frequented by prostitutes.
At the time, the state Department of Justice said fibers from nylon rope used by skydivers was among the microscopic evidence linking Kibbe to three of the other slayings. Witnesses alleged Kibbe, who was a skydiver, had a murder kit including handcuffs and scissors.
But prosecutors previously said the multiple jurisdictions where the crimes occurred and complications in state law made it difficult to press other charges. California law has since been changed to let one county prosecute crimes from several jurisdictions.
Only one of the victims' bodies was dumped in San Joaquin County, but investigators from Sacramento, Napa, Contra Costa and Amador counties all testified before the San Joaquin grand jury that indicted Kibbe Feb. 25.
He faces six counts of murder with special circumstances including rape, kidnapping and multiple murders that make him eligible for the death penalty.
Kibbe, a furniture maker whose brother was a police detective, has been portrayed on television crime shows and was the subject of a 1999 book by Bruce Henderson entitled "Trace Evidence: The Search for the I-5 Strangler."
Prosecutors released few details on the victims and would not comment.
According to the indictment and media accounts, Kibbe is charged with the murder of Lou Ellen Burleigh of Walnut Creek in 1977 and five other slayings in 1986:
- Stephanie Brown, 19, of Sacramento, was sexually assaulted, strangled, and her body dumped in a ditch. A crumpled map was found near her car parked along I-5.
- Charmaine Sabrah, 26, a mother of three from Sacramento, disappeared after her car broke down along I-5 and she drove off with a strange man who offered to help. Her strangled body was found three months later.
- Heedrick, 21, of Modesto, was last seen getting into a car. Her body was found along I-5 five months later.
- The other two victims are Katherine Kelly Quinones, 25 and Barbara Ann Scott, 29.
Kibbe, who has receding short white hair, is being held without bail for a court appearance Monday. He spoke briefly and barely audibly during Friday's arraignment, saying only that he wants an attorney appointed to represent him.
The Associated Press

Roger Reece Kibbe Is the I-5 Strangler
March 08th, 2008
Stockton, CA - Sometimes Lady Justice takes her time, but when she finally arrives, it’s always an entrance worth writing about. On Friday, a grand jury indicted Roger Reece Kibbe, 68, for the murders of Lou Ellen Burleigh, Lora Heedick, Barbara Ann Scott, Stephanie Brown, Charmaine Sabrah, and Katherine Kelly Quinones. Burleigh was killed in 1977, the other women were all dumped near Interstate 5 in California in 1986. Kibbe was already serving a prison term for the 1987 murder of Darcie Frankenpohl, a 17-year-old runaway from Seattle.
Kibbe had long been suspected of the other murders, but due to California law about county jurisdiction, it was impossible to try Kibbe for all the murders in all the counties. After the laws were changed, the cases were reopened, and a grand jury spent February hearing evidence in the serial murders. The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting all of the murders as one case, but is working with district attorneys in other counties where the victims were killed.
Kibbe liked to abduct girls and women, rape them, assault them, do bad things to them, and then strangle them with their own clothes. He’d leave most of the bodies thrown out like trash along I-5, hence the catchy nickname. His victims are named in the indictment: Lou Ellen Burleigh was killed around September 15, 1977. Lora Heedick was killed on or around April 21, 1986. Next murdered was Barbara Ann Scott on July 3, 1986. Stephanie Brown was murdered on or about July 15, 1986. Charmaine Sabrah died at Kibbe’s hand around August 17, 1986, and Katherine Kelly Quinones was killed around about November 5, 1986.
The murder that got Kibbe put away was Darcie Frackenpohl. He was convicted in March 1991 for Darcie’s murder. The pretty blonde teenager was a prostitute in West Sacramento whose body was found dumped near Echo Summit, CA, in 1987. Kibbe got 25 years to life, and was coming up for parole when the other cases were reopened.
Thing is, it was well known that Kibbe was probably the guy behind these murders. He didn’t keep his mouth shut very well, and there were even books written in the 1990s naming him as the prime suspect. But the law can be complacent and have a short memory. With Kibbe behind bars for Darcie Frankenpohl’s murder, nobody outside the victims’ families were too worried about him - until they realized that Kibbe could very soon be up for parole.
If Kibbe is convicted of the murder charges with special circumstances, he would be eligible for the death penalty. The special circumstances are prior conviction for murder, the alleged commission of multiple murders, and murder accompanies by rape, kidnapping, and oral copulation.

I-5 Strangler tied to two more Sacramento slayings
By Bill Lindelof - The Sacramento Bee
Friday, March 7, 2008
Roger Reece Kibbe, dubbed by authorities as the I-5 Strangler, was arraigned Friday on six counts of murder in San Joaquin County, including two Sacramento victims.
Kibbe was convicted in 1991 of strangling a 17-year-old West Sacramento prostitute and leaving her nude body at Echo Summit. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the 1987 slaying.
In the new San Joaquin County indictment, he is accused of the murder of Lou Ellen Burleigh in 1977 and the deaths of Barbara Ann Scott, Stephanie Brown, Charmaine Sabrah, Katherine Kelly Quinones and Lora Heedrick -- all in 1986.
At the time of his 1991 conviction, authorities listed the deaths of Heedrick, Brown and Sabrah as-yet-unresolved I-5 Strangler slayings.
Sabrah, 26, of Sacramento was returning to Sacramento on Aug. 17, 1986, when her car broke down at Peltier Road and I-5. Leaving her mother with the automobile, Sabrah drove off in a two-seat sports car with a man who offered to help. The strangled body of the mother of three was found Nov. 9, 1986, near Highway 124 in Amador County.
Sacramento resident Brown, 19, was found the morning of June 15, 1986, in a ditch beside Highway 12 near Terminus Island. She had been strangled and sexually assaulted. A crumpled map was found alongside her car near Hood-Franklin Road and I-5.
Heedrick, 21, of Modesto was last seen April 20, 1986, in her hometown, when she got into a car headed toward Highway 99. Her body was found Sept. 6, 1986, near Highway 12 and Interstate 5.
Kibbe was indicted by a San Joaquin County grand jury. Because of that, the District Attorney's Office is constrained by law and is not able to discuss the details of the case or the evidence underlying the case, according to a press release.
As grand jury secrecy rules permit, the District Attorney's Office plans to hold a press conference. It is anticipated that the DA, law enforcement, and victims' family members will be present to answer questions, according to the release.
Kibbe was convicted in 1991 of first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Darcie Frackenpohl, a runaway from Seattle, whose body was found near Echo Summit three weeks after she disappeared from a West Sacramento "stroll" area frequented by prostitutes.
During the Frackenpohl trial, the judge allowed the prosecution to present an extraordinary amount of forensic evidence linking Kibbe to the strangulation slayings of other young women, most of whose bodies were found along Interstate 5.
Kibbe still faced the possibility of murder charges in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties after the Frackenpohl conviction.
Fibers and other microscopic evidence developed by state Department of Justice criminalist Faye Springer linked Kibbe to the deaths of Heedrick and the two Sacramento women, Brown and Sabrah.
At the time of the sentencing, San Joaquin County, Deputy District Attorney Eual Blansett said he hoped to one day file murder charges against Kibbe.

153.Scott Lee KIMBALL

A.K.A.: "Hannibal"

Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Fraudster
Number of victims: 4
Date of murders: January 2003 - August 2004
Date of arrest: March 14, 2006
Date of birth: September 21, 1966
Victims profile: Kaysi McLeod, 19 / Jennifer Marcum, 25 / LeAnn Emry, 24 / Terry Kimball, 60 (his uncle)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Boulder County, Colorado, USA
Status: Plead guilty. Sentenced to 70 years in prison on October 8, 2009

Scott Lee Kimball is a convicted serial killer from Boulder County, Colorado, United States. He is serving a 70 year sentence after pleading guilty in 2009 to the murders of Kaysi McLeod, 19; Jennifer Marcum, 25; LeAnn Emry, 24; and his uncle Terry Kimball, 60.
All of these four victims died between January 2003 and August 2004. Marcum remains missing and is presumed dead, while the other three bodies were recovered in remote Colorado and Utah locations. A fraudster released from prison to become an FBI informant, Kimball has claimed multiple other killings but has not been linked to any other crimes.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder on October 8, 2009.
In September 2010, it was reported that the FBI was investigating Kimball as a possible suspect in the murder and mutilation of a woman found in Westminster, Colorado, in October 2004. At the time Kimball lived in the area and was acting as an FBI informant.
In December 2010, it was reported that Kimball has stated that he is being investigated as a potential suspect in the West Mesa murders in New Mexico.

Kimball bragged of committing 'dozens' of murders
Family, prosecutors say Boulder County serial killer likely had more victims
By John Aguilar - DailyCamera.com
October 9, 2009
With notorious serial killer Scott Lee Kimball behind bars for 70 years -- convicted earlier this week in the murders of three women and a man -- the question inevitably arises: Are there more victims out there?
"I'd say the chances are 50-50," Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said Friday. "Kimball is certainly capable of it -- he's said things to make you think he has, but we have no solid leads."
Garnett said Kimball, 43, has bragged to others that he has committed "dozens" of murders, but investigators were only able to make a case in the disappearances of Kaysi McLeod, 19, of Westminster; Jennifer Marcum, 25, of Aurora; LeAnn Emry, 24, of Centennial; and Kimball's 60-year-old uncle, Terry.
Kimball killed the four between January 2003 and August 2004, according to law enforcement authorities, after being released from prison by the FBI to become an informant for the agency.
Three of his victims' remains have been found in remote areas of Colorado and Utah. Marcum's body has never been found.
Katharina Booth, one of the two chief deputy DAs who prosecuted Kimball in a 2005 Lafayette check-fraud case that proved instrumental to his eventual guilty plea to murder Thursday, said there's a good chance Kimball left more victims in his wake.
"It's hard to imagine we caught him on everything he did," she said.
Booth said it's possible there are victims who have never come to the attention of law enforcement because Kimball didn't target the powerful and well-connected, but rather those who lived closer to the margins of society.
"Everyone he surrounded himself with had some issue," she said. "He picked on vulnerable people -- people with drug problems, runaways, people with active warrants."
But she cautioned that Kimball is, at his core, a con man and a huckster who led a life filled with deceit and shady business deals. She said his claims of additional killings may be as fanciful as the promises he made to those who placed their trust in him.
"He loves to show bravado, he loves to be on the news," Booth said.
FBI Special Agent Kathy Wright wouldn't comment on whether there is an ongoing investigation involving Kimball.
"We're not opposed to talking to anyone who believes they might have information on Scott Kimball," she said.
Kimball pleaded guilty in Boulder County District Court on Thursday to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of McLeod, Marcum, Emry, and Terry Kimball as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
While none of the homicides was believed to have been committed in Boulder County, the case was prosecuted here partly because of Kimball's criminal history in Lafayette and the fact that the Boulder County District Attorney's Office was already building a file on him.
Kimball was born in Boulder and grew up in Lafayette, leaving Colorado in his high school years to follow his father up to Montana after his parents' divorce.
He lived in various Western states through much of his early adulthood but moved back to Colorado to live with his mother after getting released from prison by the FBI in 2002. His mother ran an insurance office on South Public Road in Lafayette.
By late 2005, police say, Kimball was pulling a check-fraud scam involving an optometrist who shared office space with his mother. Police said he managed to siphon off more than $50,000 from the eye specialist's money market account before getting caught.
During that period, he also lived on Huron Street in Broomfield -- in a house where police now believe he likely killed his uncle.
Robert McLeod, father of victim Kaysi McLeod, said there is a lot of time during which police and investigators have no trace of Kimball's whereabouts. His "gut feeling" is that Kimball's victim list is longer than anyone now knows.
"Scott has a lot of unaccounted for time in the last 10 to 15 years when they don't know where he was," McLeod said Friday. "I don't think you go from zero to 60 just like that."

Serial Killer Scott Lee Kimball
By Gary C. King
Scott Lee KimballAs Scott Lee Kimball languished inside a Montana prison during the early years of the new millennium, he bragged to his fellow inmates that he was a hit man, a tough-guy persona he may have adopted in part to elevate himself within the inmate hierarchy. For some reason, he also liked to call himself "Hannibal," after the serial killer character from the Thomas Harris novels. Although his hit man description was a stretch, Kimball did kill people—especially women—but the authorities did not yet know that about him. Serving time on a variety of charges including theft, passing bad checks and forgery, Kimball nonetheless had hatched a plan to put him back on the streets.
His scheme included talking to the authorities about a murder-for-hire plot that involved his former cell mate, Steve Ennis, and that cell mate's mate's girlfriend, Jennifer Marcum, 25, of Denver, a stripper and the mother of a 4-year-old child who, police would learn, had befriended Kimball. At the time, the FBI was investigating a sizeable ecstasy operation in the Denver area, and Kimball assured investigators that he could join up with the drug ringleaders and provide information to the FBI. By December 2002, Kimball had convinced the FBI that he would make a good paid informant.
The FBI agreed, in part, to Kimball's proposal, becoming involved because of the possible murder-for-hire scenario. Marcum, it turned out, had been a potential witness in a Drug Enforcement Administration methamphetamine case against Ennis, and Ennis allegedly wanted another potential witness against him killed and made plans to use Marcum to get the job done. Before the year ended, Kimball's plan had worked, and he was back on the streets, minimally supervised.
Within a few months of Kimball's release, Jennifer Marcum disappeared. Then, between August 2003 and September 2004, Kimball's uncle, Terry Kimball, 60, disappeared, along with Kaysi McLeod, 19, of Lafayette, Colo., and LeAnn Emery, 24, of Aurora. Terry Kimball was originally from Georgia, but was believed to have been living with his nephew in Colorado at the time of his disappearance. Before the investigation of this twisted case was all over, authorities would learn that Scott Kimball had married Lori McLeod, the unsuspecting mother of Kaysi McLeod, in Las Vegas, Nev., shortly after getting out of prison, and the newlyweds then spent their honeymoon camping in the area where Kaysi's remains would eventually be found.

An Investigation Begins
Although a number of people were involved in the investigation of Scott Lee Kimball, FBI Special Agent Jonathan D. Grusing and Lafayette Police Department Detective Gary Thatcher were among the primary investigators involved in clearing the difficult, convoluted case. They were assisted by several federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Colorado and other states. Grusing came on board on November 9, 2006, after Kimball had become a suspect in the four murders, when he was assigned by the FBI's Denver office to investigate the murder-for-hire allegations surrounding the disappearance of Jennifer Marcum.
During his review of the FBI's case file on Ennis, Grusing learned that Kimball had told Carle Schlaff of the FBI's Denver office on June 29, 2003, that Marcum had been murdered by one of Ennis's associates because of the fear that she would testify against Ennis in the methamphetamine case. Kimball also reportedly had stated that he had been asked by an Ennis associate to dig up Marcum's body, which he claimed was located somewhere near Rifle, Colo., to recover her breast implants and an intrauterine device—each of which, he believed, contained serial numbers that could be used to help police identify her body. Whether or not the story was true remained to be seen, but investigators soon came to think that Kimball was concerned that the items might link Marcum's body to him rather than to Ennis's associate.
As Grusing continued his review of the case file, he learned that Jennifer Marcum's cellular phone had last been used on February 17, 2003 at 9:30 p.m., and that her 1996 Saturn sedan, supposedly given to her by Steven Ennis, had been noticed by officers of the Denver Police Department in a parking lot at Denver International Airport during the early morning hours of the following day. Follow-up inquiries made by the local police revealed that Marcum had not been scheduled on any outbound flights although Kimball later claimed that she had traveled to New York City to purchase a handgun that supposedly was to have been used to shoot the federal witness who was planning to testify against Ennis.
It seemed noteworthy to Grusing and others that cell phones belonging to Jennifer Marcum and Scott Kimball had not been used from February 17, 2003 to February 20, 2003, even though both of their phones had been used significantly to call each other prior to February 17, 2003. When Kimball was later asked about his whereabouts on those dates, he claimed that he had taken a trip to the mountains near Craig, Colo. He remained evasive about what he had been doing in that area.

Two Fathers Prod the Cops into Action
Meanwhile, according to ABC News, the fathers of Jennifer Marcum and Kaysi McLeod began their own inquiries into their daughters' disappearances due to what had seemed to them to be a lack of interest by law enforcement in the missing person's cases: Jennifer worked as a stripper and had ties to a known drug dealer; Kaysi had a history of drug problems and had left home a number of times after she had turned 18. Bob Marcum, Jennifer's father, and Rob McLeod, Kaysi's dad, took matters into their own hands to move their daughters' cases along.
Bob Marcum began posting billboards with Jennifer's photo that asked for information about the missing young woman, and appeared on television news programs to further publicize her mysterious disappearance. While Marcum appealed for information, it was Kaysi McLeod's best friend, Tabetha Morton, who had made a connection between Scott Kimball and Kaysi. Morton called Rob McLeod in 2005 and told him that Kimball "went missing when Kaysi did." Kimball by that time was married to Kaysi's mother, Lori McLeod, which is how Morton had come to know about him.
Rob McLeod immediately began searching for additional information about Kimball, and in June 2005 discovered a news article about Jennifer Marcum's disappearance. After reading in stunned disbelief that Jennifer had last been seen with Kimball, McLeod began tracking down Jennifer's family, who resided in Illinois.
A short time later, the McLeods and the Marcums met to compare information about Kimball and his relationship to their daughters. Lori McLeod told Bob Marcum everything she knew about Kimball and what he had said about Jennifer, and the two families drove together to a number of locations that they believed to be connected with their daughters' disappearances. Hoping for a clue that could shed some light on what had happened, they nonetheless came up empty-handed.
However, during one of their discussions, the two families realized that a third person connected to Kimball had gone missing—Terry Kimball, Scott Kimball's uncle. Lori McLeod related how Terry had moved in with her and Scott, but that Uncle Terry had inexplicably left on September 1, 2004, never to be seen again. When Lori had asked Scott where Terry had gone, Kimball told her that Terry had won the lottery and had taken his girlfriend to Mexico.
After they had pieced their information together and had a clear picture that three people with a connection to Scott Kimball had disappeared without a trace, Rob McLeod and Bob Marcum went to the FBI. After a bit of prodding, they eventually convinced the FBI to take their information and allegations seriously.

A Former Cell Mate Talks to the FBI
During an interview with Grusing on November 18, 2006, Bob Marcum related that he and Jennifer's mother, Mary Willis, had met with Scott Kimball in August 2005. During that meeting, Kimball had said that he knew precisely where Jennifer's body was buried, and that he could take them to the location in the mountains because he wanted her to have a "good Christian burial." Marcum and Willis, however, did not trust Kimball and declined his offer.
"I figured he was a killer, and I wasn't going anywhere with him," Marcum told ABC News. "I figured I'd end up dead after the things that he said."
Grusing met with Marcum and Willis a number of times during the course of the investigation, and learned that Kimball had told Jennifer's parents that their daughter's body was buried near Rifle, Colo.
On January 25, 2007, Grusing and LPD Detective Gary Thatcher traveled to the Missoula County Detention Facility in Missoula, Mont., where they interviewed one of Kimball's former cellmates. According to the former cellmate, Kimball had asked him if he thought that fake breasts could be traced. The cellmate replied that the name of the manufacturer and the serial number were located inside the implants to allow tracing in the event of liability lawsuits. During that conversation, Kimball had reportedly said, "I know a guy that will pay you to cut implants out of a dead body." When the cell mate asked Kimball why anyone would be concerned about implants when a body would have fingerprints, footprints, teeth, and a skull, Kimball responded, "You cut off the feet, head
and hands and there's no trace of it."
Kimball also told the cellmate that the woman in question was buried in the mountains. He apparently had not mentioned which state she was buried in, and while it was not known whether he had dismembered Jennifer Marcum's body when he disposed of it, the implication was that the breast implants and IUD had become a concern to him. Although it was not known how Kimball had learned of Jennifer's breast implants and IUD, it was possible that he had learned of them during his dealings with her former boyfriend, Steve Ennis. At one point, however, Kimball related information implicating another man in Jennifer's death, and said that it had been the killer who had been willing to pay Kimball to remove her breast implants and IUD.

LeAnn Emry
LeAnn Emry, 24, disappeared without a trace in January 2003 after checking out of a hotel in Colorado. Her mother and father, Howard and Darlene Emry, last saw LeAnn on January 16, 2003, when she packed her suitcases into her car for what was supposed to have been a spelunking expedition to Mexico. Exploring caves had been one of her favorite pastimes, and had seemingly helped her get through a short and unhappy marriage. Although she had faced difficulties with a bipolar disorder throughout much of her young life, her parents recalled being happy for her as she set off on the trip from which she would not return.
"Every weekend, every spare moment she had, LeAnn had been going caving, so this was not out of the ordinary," her father told a reporter for the Idaho Statesman.
Two weeks later, however, a sheriff's deputy from Moab, Utah, called her parents to report that her car had been found abandoned along a dirt road near Book Cliffs.
"When he told me that...it was a shock," her father said. "I just felt sick to my stomach."
Although her parents filed a missing persons report in Arapahoe County, Colo., where they resided at the time, they were told that LeAnn was likely a runaway and that there was nothing to indicate foul play. As such, there would not be an investigation, unless a body was found, although her purse and some other belongings had been found inside her car. Her credit cards, however, were missing. With the help of banks and credit card companies, Howard and Darlene Emry were able to recreate a 10-day trail of gasoline charges that led through Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada. It was clear that she had not gone to Mexico, and her parents were left wondering whether she had made the charges to her cards of if someone else had done so. The main purchases made with them had been gasoline.

LeAnn's E-mail
Eleven days after leaving home, LeAnn called her parents for the final time, saying that she would be staying in Mexico a little longer. Based on what he had already learned from putting together a timeline based on her credit card charges, her father knew that her comment about being in Mexico was not the truth. He eventually learned that the call had been placed in Colorado, and that she had mailed a gift certificate to her sister from the same location.
Then a glimmer of hope surfaced. Howard Emry learned that one of LeAnn's credit cards had been used in California a few days after her car had been found abandoned, leaving him with the thought that his daughter was still alive. However, his hopes were dashed when he obtained the credit card receipts and found that the signatures on them were not LeAnn's. It also turned out that the credit card charges in California had been made by a prostitute who told investigators that she had received the credit card in question from a man as payment for sexual services.
A short time later, her parents learned that she had been corresponding with a relative in Idaho via e-mail a few weeks before she disappeared. In one of those e-mails she wrote: "I have to hide...my orders come from Hanable...and he's a dangerous person...." In another e-mail she wrote: "I'm in an underground world." In yet another she wrote: "If Hanable knew I was talking to you, he'd...have me killed in a second. Plus, he'd have you killed too."
It was clear to Howard and Darlene Emry that their daughter was involved in something that was troubling her, but they had no idea what the dark secret was that she was concealing from them. They considered that she may have been trying to protect them from whatever it was that she was involved in. Although the Emrys contacted their local law enforcement and the FBI, no one wanted to open an investigation to the mystery that surrounded LeAnn's disappearance.

Five Years Later
On October 30, 2007, Grusing contacted the Emrys after they relocated to Idaho and asked to speak to LeAnn about a possible suspect in an ongoing homicide investigation. Howard Emry explained that LeAnn had been missing for nearly five years.
"He didn't say anything for a while," Emry said. "I think it was just a shock to him that there was another person to add to the list."
Howard Emry explained to Grusing that through his own investigation he learned that LeAnn had been introduced to a man who called himself "Hannibal." According to what he had learned, "Hannibal" had befriended LeAnn and had assisted her in writing a series of bad checks and misusing her credit cards, and that the activity had continued until the time her car was found abandoned near Moab, Utah.
The following day, Grusing and Detective Thatcher followed up on some of the information obtained from Howard Emry, including the fact that LeAnn's boyfriend at the time of her death was an inmate who had been housed on the same cellblock as Kimball in late 2002. Kimball apparently had concocted a plan to help LeAnn's boyfriend escape from prison so they could unite in Mexico. Kimball instructed the inmate to refer to him as "Hannibal" in his dealings with LeAnn so that she would not be privy to his real name.
Within days of the planned escape, LeAnn's boyfriend had been placed in solitary confinement for poor behavior and had been unable to speak to LeAnn. Later, after learning the circumstances of LeAnn's disappearance, the boyfriend told Grusing that he knew that Kimball had taken her and probably killed her. Grusing showed LeAnn's boyfriend a photo of a young girl with long, brown hair, dated January 18, 2003, obtained during a search of Kimball's laptop computer. By the time of his interview with LeAnn's boyfriend, Kimball had been arrested for a violation of the conditions of his release and was back in jail on a variety of charges, and Grusing took advantage of the situation to gain access to Kimball's computer. The inmate confirmed that the photo was of LeAnn, but said that her hair was blond the last time he saw her.

Kimball's Computer
A search of Kimball's computer turned up hundreds of photos depicting violent rape pornography. The images were of women who were tied up or were in the process of being bound, gagged, and assaulted with a variety of weapons. Although most of the images had been downloaded from the Internet, some were not—including images of LeAnn.
The implications of the photos were sordid, but Grusing and other investigators did not share the precise details of what they had found, particularly with regard to the images of LeAnn.
"It is not necessary," Howard Emry said. "She was going through hell. She was going through terrible, terrible things. I don't need to know any more. I just feel very bad that I wasn't able to help her."
Grusing and others had been successful in tracing Kimball's and LeAnn's movements together in the Denver area from January 1-16, 2003, and in the states of Oregon and Washington from January 17-19, 2003, using motel receipts, phone records, credit card receipts, and check records. Grusing also discovered that LeAnn had purchased Kimball's laptop for him at a Best Buy in Lakewood, Colo., on January 10, 2003, for $1,684.73, using her bank debit card. The same method of investigation placed them together in Wyoming from January 24-25, 2003.

Plea Bargain
In a complicated plea bargain arrangement that was worked out in early 2009 after being charged with four murders, Scott Lee Kimball was allowed to plead guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Terry Kimball, Jennifer Marcum, LeAnn Emry and Kaysi McLeod, in part so that the victims' families could have some semblance of closure. One of the counts pertained to Terry Kimball's murder, and the second count pertained to the murders of Marcum, Emry, and McLeod. As part of the plea bargain, Kimball also agreed to assist authorities in locating his victims' remains.
As a result, the remains LeAnn Emry were found on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in the Book Cliffs region of southeastern Utah. On Monday, June 29, 2009, remains believed to be those of Terry Kimball were found in a remote area of Vail Pass. A year earlier, on Tuesday, September 30, 2008, a hunter had discovered a skull and other bones in a remote area of northwest Colorado. The FBI subsequently confirmed that the skull and bones were those of Kaysi McLeod. Marcum's remains have not been found, even though Lori McLeod told FBI agents that Kimball told her that Marcum's remains were near Rifle, Colo. She explained that she and Kimball had been passing through Rifle on their way to Denver from Las Vegas when Kimball told her that he worked for the FBI and was involved in a case that involved Marcum's murder.
After being sentenced in 2008 to 53 years in prison on theft and a number of other charges, Kimball was sentenced on Thursday, October 8, 2009, to an additional 70 years in prison for his guilty pleas to second-degree murder. Although the 43-year-old serial murderer believes he will one day get out of prison on parole, the Colorado Department of Corrections lists his estimated parole eligibility date as July 28, 2056, at which time Kimball would be 89.

152.Israel KEYES

Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Rape - Dismemberment
Number of victims: 3 - 8 +
Date of murder: 2011 - 2012
Date of arrest: March 13, 2012
Date of birth: January 7, 1978
Victim profile: Samantha Koenig, 18 / Bill and Lorraine Currier
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Alaska/Vermont/New York/Washington, USA
Status: Committed suicide in his cell by cutting his wrists and choking himself with a bed sheet on December 2, 2012

Israel Keyes (January 7, 1978 – December 2, 2012) was an American criminal who committed suicide in his Anchorage, Alaska jail cell after confessing to being a serial killer, rapist, arsonist, burglar, and bank robber.
The earliest crime to which Keyes admitted was the violent sexual assault of a teenage girl in Oregon, sometime between 1996 and 1998. He was captured and being held in custody, awaiting trial for the murder of Samantha Koenig, when he committed suicide in prison.
Early life
Keyes was born in Richmond, Utah in 1978. He was raised in a Mormon family, and was homeschooled.His family moved to the Aladdin Road area, north of Colville, Washington, where they became neighbors and friends with the family of Chevie Kehoe, and occasionally attended a Christian Identity church. Eventually, however, Keyes rejected religion entirely, identifying as an atheist shortly before his arrest.
Keyes served in the U.S. Army from 1998 through 2000 at Fort Lewis, Fort Hood, and in Egypt. He started a construction business in 2007 in Alaska, Keyes Construction, working as a handyman, contractor, and construction worker.
Keyes' first victims were in Washington state in the late 1990s. Keyes admitted to investigators that he killed four people in Washington State, claims which are the subject of an active investigation by the FBI as well as police in that state. He lived in several places in the state from the late 1990s until about 2008.
As a specialist in the U.S. Army, he was stationed at Fort Lewis sometime between 1998 to 2001. Keyes also lived in the small city of Colville in Eastern Washington and in the Makah Reservation community of Neah Bay on the Olympic Peninsula. Keyes did not have a felony criminal record in Washington, although he had been cited in Thurston County (in or near Olympia) for driving without a valid license and, in an earlier incident, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. Authorities are reviewing unsolved murder and missing persons cases to determine which cases, if any, may link to Keyes.
He confessed to at least one murder in New York State. Authorities have not determined the identity, age, or gender of the victim, or when and where the murder may have occurred, but regard the confession as credible. Keyes had ties to New York State, he owned 10 acres and a run down cabin in the Town of Constable. Keyes also confessed to bank robberies in New York and Texas. The FBI later confirmed that Keyes robbed the Community Bank branch in Tupper Lake, New York in April 2009. The FBI said that Keyes threatened people in the bank with a handgun, although there were no injuries. He also told authorities that he burglarized a Texas home and set it on fire.
Keyes was also linked to the deaths of Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vermont. Along with his confession, authorities say they have enough evidence to link Keyes to the murders. The Vermont couple was last seen after leaving work in June, 2011. Keyes reportedly broke into the Curriers' home on the night of June 8th and tied them up before driving to an abandoned farmhouse, where he shot Bill Currier before sexually assaulting and strangling Lorraine Currier. However, their bodies have not been found.
Two years prior to the Curriers' deaths, Keyes hid a "murder kit" near their home, which included a hand gun and various supplies. Keyes used these supplies during the murder of the Curriers. After the murders, he moved most of the items to a new hiding place in Parrishville, New York, where they remained until after his arrest.
Keyes' last known murder was the kidnapping and murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, a barista working in Anchorage, Alaska. Authorities said that Keyes kidnapped her from her place of employment, stole her debit card and other property, then murdered her the following day. Police stated that Keyes sexually assaulted Koenig before he murdered her. After Koenig's death, Keyes left on a cruise out of New Orleans, leaving Koenig's body in a shed. When he returned home, he took a photograph of her body with a 4-day-old issue of the Anchorage Daily News, maintaining the illusion that she was still alive in his ransom demand. After demanding US$30,000 in ransom, Keyes dismembered Koenig and disposed of her body in Matanuska Lake north of Anchorage.
Investigation and arrest
After the murder of Koenig, Keyes' demanded ransom was paid. Police tracked withdrawals from the account as Keyes moved throughout the American Southwest. During that time, in a controvesial move, the police refused to release surveillance video of Koenig's abduction.
Keyes was arrested in Texas after using Koenig's debit card, which he had previously used in New Mexico and Arizona. Keyes was subsequently extradited to Alaska, where he confessed to Koenig's murder. He was indicted in the case, and his trial was scheduled to begin in March 2013.
Modus operandi
Keyes planned murders long ahead of time and took extraordinary action to avoid detection. Unlike most serial killers, he didn't have a victim profile. He always killed far from home, and never in the same area twice. On his murder trips, he kept his mobile phone turned off and paid for items with cash. He had no connection to any of his victims. In the Currier murders, he flew to Chicago, and there rented a car to drive the 1000 additional miles to Vermont. He then used the murder kit he had hidden two years earlier to perform the murders.
Keyes admired Ted Bundy and shared several similarities with him: Both were heavy drinkers, methodical, intelligent and felt a possession over their victims. However, there are notable differences. Bundy's murders were spread throughout the country, mainly because he lived in many different areas, and not as an intentional effort to avoid detection as was the case with Keyes. Bundy only targeted attractive young women, usually with hair parted down the middle, while Keyes had no particular type of victim.
While being held in jail at the Anchorage Correctional Complex on suspicion of murder, he committed suicide on December 2, 2012, via self-inflicted wrist cuts and strangulation. He was survived by at least one child, a school-age daughter.

Serial killer's double life: How Israel Keyes hid in plain sight for a decade
By Yereth Rosen - Reuters.com
December 26, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, - A confessed serial killer from Alaska who hid in plain sight and whose crimes went undetected for more than a decade, was ultimately caught after he gave in to his compulsions and struck close to home.
Israel Keyes, in jail since March for the kidnapping and murder of 18-year-old coffee stand server Samantha Koenig in Anchorage, Alaska, confessed to that and other violent crimes. Then guards found him dead on Dec. 2 after he committed suicide by cutting his wrists and choking himself with a bed sheet. He was 34.
Keyes, a U.S. Army veteran, lived a quiet life in one of Anchorage's best neighborhoods, doing well-regarded handyman work for unsuspecting customers. He had been due to go on trial in March for Koenig's death, and investigators believe he killed eight to 11 people, if not more.
A picture of Keyes' double-life emerged from his own words -- authorities released excerpts from 40 hours of interviews with investigators to reporters -- and from interviews and news conferences given by investigators, who said they believed his confessions were sincere.
"Everything that he told them has been borne out," Lieutenant Dave Parker of the Anchorage Police Department said on Sunday.
Keyes admitted that he committed numerous killings, bank robberies and other crimes across the country. He admitted to plans for more killings. He admitted to several unreported crimes and acts of cruelty committed before he started killing people, including the rape of a teenager in Oregon in the late 1990s and torture of animals when he was a child.
His suicide ended the revelations and made him a rarity -- a confessed serial killer who was never convicted of murder.
"It gives us no pleasure to dismiss the charges against Mr. Keyes, but that's what the law requires," said Kevin Feldis, the assistant U.S. attorney leading the prosecution.
The criminal investigation will continue indefinitely, even if there is no prosecution, "because there will inevitably be many, many unknowns," Feldis said.
Keyes was caught in Texas in March with a debit card stolen from Koenig, whom he abducted from her coffee stand in February. Keyes admitted to kidnapping, raping and killing her, then dismembering her body and dumping her remains in an icy lake before traveling out of Alaska.
Once in custody, he also confessed to the 2011 killings of Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vermont, and the disposal of four bodies in Washington state and one in New York state.
Only three homicides have been definitively pinned to him -- those of Koenig and the Curriers -- in large part because Keyes could not identify victims by name.
His motivation was enjoyment, said Monique Doll, an Anchorage homicide detective who worked on the investigation. Throughout his months of jail interviews, Keyes was utterly unapologetic and remorseless, she said.
"Israel Keyes didn't kidnap and kill people because he was crazy. He didn't kidnap and kill people because his deity told him to or because he had a bad childhood. Israel Keyes did this because he got an immense amount of enjoyment out of it, much like an addict gets an immense amount of enjoyment out of drugs," Doll told a news conference.
He also enjoyed staying under the radar, officials said. He targeted total strangers, avoiding anyone with any possible connection, traveling hundreds of miles to target random victims at secluded parks, trail heads and other remote locations.
He broke some of his own rules when he killed Koenig, abducting her at her workplace on a busy Anchorage street, where security cameras caught some of his actions, and killing her at his own house, officials said. Keyes admitted he considered merely robbing Koenig -- whom he did not know -- and instead gave in to his compulsions, Doll said.
"In prior cases, he had enough self-control to walk away from it," Doll said. "But with Samantha, he didn't."
Koenig's case dominated local news, and supporters raised a reward fund, held candlelight vigils and gave self-defense lessons to coffee stand servers.
Keyes got a thrill from following the news coverage, so long as his name was not linked to the case, investigators said. When he was identified by a Vermont television station in the s u mmer as the suspect in the murder of the Curriers, he became so angry he stopped speaking to investigators for two months.
Keyes grew up in Washington state in a fundamentalist Christian family that, in the past, attended a white-supremacist, anti-Semitic church but later moved out of the region and became affiliated with other congregations, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center civil rights group.
Keyes served in the U.S. Army for three years, including a brief stint in Egypt, and was discharged from Fort Lewis Army Base in Washington state in 2001. In his interviews, he said he was anxious for his military service to end so that he could start murdering people, Feldis said.
He moved to Alaska in 2007 and lived with his daughter and a girlfriend in Anchorage's Turnagain neighborhood, near many of the city's most prominent citizens, top attorneys and law-enforcement officials, operating a one-man contracting business.
"He was well-known in Anchorage as a really good handyman," said state Senator Hollis French, who lived around the corner from Keyes.
All the while, Keyes said in his interviews, he was "two different people."
"There's no one who knows me or who has ever known me, who knows anything about me, really," Keyes said in one of the interviews.
Keyes told authorities he almost killed a young couple and an Anchorage police officer at a beach overlook, about a month before killing the Curriers in Vermont.
Keyes said he was hiding in the park with a gun and a silencer and ready to ambush his victims; he wanted to test the silencer that he would later bring to the East Coast on his trip to kill the Curriers. He stopped when a second police officer arrived on the scene.
"It could have got ugly, but fortunately for the cop guy, his backup showed up," a chuckling Keyes said one interview. "I almost got myself into a lot of trouble on that one."
The silencer wound up in a stockpile of murder supplies that Keyes stashed in upstate New York, near a home he owned there. Keyes admitted to placing several such caches around the country, investigators said.
Officials have found two so far -- the New York stockpile and one in the Anchorage suburb of Eagle River that contained a shovel and bottles of liquid clog remover, material for concealing a body and speeding decomposition.
Until he was arrested, Keyes' plan was to leave Alaska this year and work as an itinerant contractor making repairs in hurricane-struck areas of the United States, Feldis said.
"That would allow him to move from place to place and commit murders," Feldis said.

Serial killer caught in Alaska would only say 'why not' when asked for motive
By Mark Thiessen - Associated Press
December 8, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Confessed serial killer Israel Keyes admitted he enjoyed killing people, but couldn't or wouldn't give investigators a more meaningful answer when quizzed why he did it.
"There were just times, a couple of times, where we would try to get a why," said Anchorage Police officer Jeff Bell, who helped interrogate Keyes for hours.
"He would have this term, he would say, 'A lot of people ask why, and I would be, like, why not?'" Bell said.
Keyes confessed to killing eight people across the United States, but alluded to additional murders, FBI Special Agent Jolene Goeden and Bell told The Associated Press.
"Based on some of the things he told us, and some of the conversations we had with him, we believe the number is less than 12," Goeden said. "We don't know for sure. He's the only one who could have ultimately answered that."
They may never know the true number.
Keyes slit his wrist and strangled himself with bedding Sunday at the Anchorage Correctional Facility. He was facing a March trial on federal murder charges in the kidnapping and death of an 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who was abducted from an Anchorage coffee stand Feb. 1.
He also wasn't going to stop. Authorities said he had weapons caches or body disposal kits stashed across the country.
One such disposal kit was found north of Anchorage. It included a shovel, plastic bags and bottles of Drano, which he told authorities would speed the decomposition of bodies.
A murder kit found in upstate New York had weapon parts, a silencer, ligatures, ammunition and garbage bags.
Keyes said other murder kits are hidden in Washington state, Wyoming, Texas and, investigators believe, somewhere in the Southwest, possibly Arizona.
Goeden and Bell conducted up to 40 hours of interviews with Keyes after his March arrest in Texas. During that time, Keyes confessed to killing Koenig, along with Bill and Lorraine Currier in Vermont, and five other people — although details for those victims were scarce.
The interviews also revealed Keyes' motivation, which was simple, Goeden and Bell said.
"He enjoyed it. He liked what he was doing," Goeden said. "He talked about getting a rush out of it, the adrenalin, the excitement out of it."
Keyes also liked seeing coverage of his crimes in the media, and he appeared to get a thrill out of talking about some of them with investigators, Goeden and Bell said.
His crimes started small with burglaries and thefts — until the urge escalated to murder.
Bell said Keyes told investigators the first violent crime he committed was a sexual assault in Oregon, in which he let the victim go.
"He planned on killing her but didn't," Bell said.
Keyes said the rape occurred sometime between 1996 and 1998 along the Deshutes River near Maupin, Ore., after he got the girl away from her friends. The girl was between the ages of 14 and 18, and would be in her late 20s or 30s now. No police reports were filed, and the FBI is seeking more information on the crime.
Of the five other murders Keyes confessed to, four were in Washington state and one occurred on the East Coast, with the body disposed of in New York.
In the case of the Curriers, authorities say Keyes flew from Alaska to Chicago on June 2, 2011, rented a car and drove almost 1,000 miles to Essex, Vt.
There, he carried out a "blitz" style attack on the Curriers' home, bound the couple and took them to an abandoned house. Bill Currier was shot, and his wife was sexually assaulted and strangled.
Keyes immediately returned to Alaska, and followed the case on his computer by monitoring Vermont media. The couple's bodies were never found after the house was demolished and taken to a landfill.
Leaving the area shortly after a murder was a familiar tactic for Keyes. After he abducted Koenig, he took her to a shed at his Anchorage home, sexually assaulted her and strangled her.
Keyes then left the next day for a two-week cruise, storing Koenig's body in the shed. Upon his return, he dismembered the body and disposed of it in a lake north of Anchorage. He was later arrested in Texas after using Koenig's debit card.
Koenig was his only known victim in Alaska. Goeden and Bell said he never explained why his broke his own rule of never killing anyone in the town where he lived because it's easier to be connected to such a killing.
The only mistake Keyes said he made was letting his rental car be photographed by an ATM when withdrawing money in Texas.
Unlike his earlier killings, the deaths of the Curriers and Koenig received a lot of news coverage.
"He was feeding off the media attention in the end," Bell said.
That wasn't the only change. His time between murders was growing shorter.
"He talked about that time period in between crimes, that over the last few years, that became quicker," Goeden said.
During their interviews, Keyes was willing to talk about the Koenig and Currier killings since he knew authorities had evidence against him.
"It was chilling to listen to him. He was clearly reliving it to a degree, and I think he enjoyed talking about it," Bell said of the Koenig and Currier deaths. But in the other cases, Keyes wasn't as forthcoming because he knew investigators had little on them.
Keyes, a construction contractor, told investigators that they knew him better than anyone, and that this was the first time he'd ever spoken about what he called his double life.
"A couple of times, he would kind of chuckle, tell us how weird it was to be talking about this," Bell said.
Even though he was talking to investigators, Keyes didn't want his name made public in any of the other investigations, especially the Curriers, because of the fallout of publicity. He threatened to withhold information if his name got out.
"If there was nobody else that he was concerned about, I think he wanted his story out there. He wanted people to know what he did," Goeden said. "What he was worried about is the impact that was going to have on the people that cared about him and were close to him."
Keyes will be buried Sunday in Washington state.

FBI Releases Details in Alaska Serial Killer Death
By Rachel D'Oro - Associated Press
December 5, 2012
A security video showing the abduction of an Alaska barista is unnerving on its own, but it only hints at the horror ahead for the 18-year-old woman.
Samantha Koenig would soon be sexually assaulted and strangled after she was kidnapped from an Anchorage coffee stand, her body left in a shed for two weeks while her killer went on a cruise. After he returned, Israel Keyes photographed Koenig for a ransom note and then dismembered her body.
Those details were released by the FBI on Tuesday, two days after Keyes was found dead in his Anchorage jail cell in an apparent suicide. It’s the most comprehensive account yet of a crime at the hands of a man who confessed to the slaying and told authorities he killed at least seven other people across the country over the past decade.
“These details are being provided both to fully explain the courage and resolve Samantha displayed in the final hours of her life, as well as in the hopes that the release of additional details will help investigations of other murders committed by Israel Keyes,” the FBI said in a statement.
Once home from his trip, Keyes posed Koenig’s body to make it appear she was still alive and took a Polaroid photo of her tied up, along with a newspaper dated Feb. 13 — 12 days after the abduction from a coffee stand, according to the FBI. Keyes later typed a ransom note demanding $30,000 from Koenig’s family on the back of a photocopy of the photo and sent a text message to the woman’s boyfriend on her cellphone with directions where he’d left the note at a local dog park.
Keyes dismembered Koenig’s body and disposed of the remains in a frozen lake north of Anchorage after he cut a hole in the ice with a chain saw, authorities said.
Keyes, 34, was arrested in March in Texas, after using Koenig’s stolen debit card at ATMs there and in Alaska, Arizona and New Mexico. He was facing a March trial in Koenig’s death.
After his arrest, Keyes confessed to killing Koenig and at least seven other people. His other known victims were Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt., who disappeared in June 2011. Keyes told authorities he also sexually assaulted and strangled Lorraine Currier.
The couple’s bodies have not been found.
Keyes did not identify the other victims or say where their remains were, other than that four were killed in Washington state and one was killed on the East Coast with the body disposed of in New York. Keyes had lived in Washington state and had property in upstate New York.
He told one of the lead FBI investigators in the case that his first victim was a teenage girl in Oregon that he sexually assaulted but did not kill, the Anchorage Daily News reported. FBI special agent Jolene Goeden told the newspaper that Keyes admitted that he was a teen at the time and that “he had the intention, he said, of killing her but but did not. And he did let her go.”
Also Tuesday, authorities released video footage of Keyes abducting Koenig, caught by a surveillance camera. Another video sequence shows him returning for Koenig’s cellphone late that night, leaving Koenig bound in his truck, followed four minutes later by a man identified by the FBI as Koenig’s boyfriend, who was looking for her. Keyes would use the cellphone to send text messages to the boyfriend and coffee stand owner that purported to be from Koenig saying she had a bad day and was leaving town for the weekend.
In the first video sequence, Keyes walks up to the small coffee stand and orders an Americano coffee, which Koenig makes. He then pulls out a gun and Koenig is then seen putting her hands up several times. At some point, Keyes makes her turn off the light. The light switch was close to a panic button, but Koenig never pushed it, probably because she was too afraid, police said.
Keyes then climbs into the kiosk and, police said, used zip ties to bind Koenig’s hands behind her back before leading her out. He told Koenig he would let her go if her family paid a ransom, but that was never his intention, police said.
“He knew all along he was going to kill her,” Anchorage homicide Detective Monique Doll said.
Police said Keyes removed the battery from Koenig’s cellphone to avoid being tracked.
Koenig’s body was recovered from the lake in April after Keyes told authorities of its location.
Another video shows a man identified as Keyes getting out of a white pickup truck parked in a nearby parking lot just before the abduction took place, and returning with another person police said was Koenig. The FBI said Koenig broke away at some point and Keyes chased her, tackled her to the ground, and pointed his gun at her, saying she should not do anything to make him kill her.
Police said a license plate, green toolboxes and a ladder rack had been removed from the truck before the abduction, then reinstalled afterward so Keyes could disguise the vehicle.
In the police investigation, the vehicle appeared twice in a list of 750 local white trucks of the same kind, but police scratched it off the list of possibilities because it looked so different.
Authorities said Keyes traveled extensively in the U.S., landing at one location and targeting victims randomly hundreds of miles away. He had never seen Koenig before, but chose the coffee stand because of its location and because it stayed open later than other stands
Keyes told authorities he robbed several banks and used money he made as a general contractor to pay for his travel.
In the Koenig case, he stuck to his own town.
“He broke his own rule,” Doll said.

Alaska suspect linked to Vermont killing, 5 others
December 4, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Israel Keyes, in jail for the killing of an Alaska barista, gradually began confessing to investigators that he had killed others: a couple in Vermont, four people in Washington state, someone in New York.
But he was slow to come forward with details, warning investigators he would stop talking if his name was released publicly.
"He was very, very, very sensitive to his reputation, as odd at that sounds," Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said. "We had to keep things extra quiet in order to keep him talking with us."
Keyes committed suicide in an Alaska jailhouse Sunday, leaving behind an incomplete picture of a loner who traveled the country for more than a decade, picking victims at random and methodically killing them. Officials believe there are more victims in other states, but they may never know who they are.
Authorities wouldn't say how Keyes killed himself, only that he was alone in his cell. They also did not say whether he left a note.
"We're going to continue to run down leads and continue our efforts to identify his victims so we can bring some closure to the families," said Mary Rook, the FBI supervisor in Alaska.
While under arrest in connection with the disappearance of 18-year-old barista Samantha Koenig, Keyes confessed to the deaths of Bill and Lorraine Currier, of Essex, Vt., who disappeared in June 2011, authorities said. Keyes confessed to other killings without identifying the victims or saying where their remains were located.
The FBI said Monday that Keyes is believed to have committed multiple kidnappings and murders across the country between 2001 and his arrest in March, often flying to an airport, then driving hundreds of miles before targeting victims.
In interviews with investigators, Keyes detailed extensive planning, including burying caches of weapons at various points across the United States. The FBI says it recovered weapons and items used to dispose of bodies from hiding places just north of Anchorage and Blakes Falls Reservoir in New York.
Keyes told investigators he scoped out potential victims at remote locations including campgrounds and cemeteries. He said few of his earlier cases received media attention until the Currier case, telling investigators that one victim had been found but incorrectly labeled as accidental. The FBI says it does not have a name or location in this case.
Keyes also told authorities he robbed several banks to pay for his travel, using money he made as a general contractor as well.
"There's no indication that he was lying," FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez said, adding that Keyes' DNA has been put in an FBI database available for other law enforcement agencies to use in their own investigations.
Also on Monday, officials at a news conference in Vermont said Keyes described details of the Curriers killings that had not been released publicly.
Authorities said Keyes flew from Alaska to Chicago, then drove to Vermont and picked the Curriers, a couple in their 50s.
He broke into their home and, in their bedroom, Keyes told police, he bound them with zip ties, forced them into their car and drove them to an abandoned house, where he shot Bill Currier with a gun he brought from Alaska, and then sexually assaulted and strangled Lorraine Currier.
Keyes told investigators he chose the Curriers' home because it had an attached garage, no evidence of children or a dog, and the style of the house clued him in to the probable location of the master bedroom.
Keyes previously lived in Washington state before moving to Alaska in 2007 to start a construction business. He also owned property in upstate New York, near the Canadian border.
Ayn Dietrich, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Seattle, said agents are reviewing unsolved murders across the state to determine whether Keyes might have been responsible.
The FBI has consulted with behavior specialists to develop insight into Keyes' personality.
Their analysis is incomplete, but they know he was a loner who didn't have a clear pattern in selecting victims, who varied in gender and age.
Keyes told investigators that he was "two different people."
"The only person who knows about what I'm telling you, the kind of things I'm telling you, is me," he said, according to a March 30 police recording released by the FBI Monday.
Authorities described Keyes as methodical, in the Currier case taking days to find the perfect victim. He was also thorough in disposing of victims' bodies. Only Koenig's body has been recovered.
The FBI contends Keyes killed Koenig less than a day after she was kidnapped. Her body was recovered April 2 from an ice-covered lake north of Anchorage. Her disappearance gripped the city for weeks.
A surveillance camera showed an apparently armed man in a hooded sweat shirt leading her away from the coffee stand. Koenig's friends and relatives set up a reward fund and plastered the city with fliers.
Prosecutors said Keyes stole the debit card from a vehicle she shared that was parked near her home, obtained the personal identification number and scratched the number into the card.
After killing Koenig, Keyes used her phone to send text messages to conceal the abduction. He flew to Texas and returned Feb. 17 to Anchorage, where he sent another text message demanding ransom and directing it to the account connected to the stolen debit card, according to prosecutors.
Keyes made withdrawals from automated teller machines in Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas before his arrest in Texas, according to prosecutors. He was charged with kidnapping resulting in Koenig's death. Keyes could have faced the death penalty in her case.
Koenig's family said there was no apparent previous connection between the teenager and Keyes. Reached by phone Sunday, Koenig's father, James Koenig, declined to comment on Keyes' death.
Marilyn Chates, Bill Currier's mother, said police contacted her some time ago to tell her about Keyes' confession and to tell her that they believed the couple's killing was random. Authorities called Chates on Sunday to tell her of Keyes' suicide.
"After some thinking, our family has been saved the long road ahead — trials, possible plea agreements and possible appeals — and perhaps this was the best thing that could have happened," she said.
Ring reported from Burlington, Vt., and Associated Press writers Mark Thiessen in Anchorage, Alaska, Rebecca Miller n Philadelphia and Lisa Rathke in Montpelier, Vt., contributed to this report.

Israel Keyes dead in apparent suicide; suspected in Lower 48 deaths
By Lisa Demer - Anchorage Daily News
December 2, 2012
ANCHORAGE — Israel Keyes, accused in the kidnapping and killing of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, was found dead Sunday morning in an apparent jail suicide, and he is suspected in at least seven other deaths outside Alaska, authorities said.
At a hastily called press briefing Sunday, authorities announced his death and made a series of startling revelations, starting with the fact they believe Keyes was a serial killer. The U.S. attorney for Alaska, the top FBI agent here and Anchorage's police chief all spoke, as did those directly working the Keyes case. They disclosed that Keyes had talked repeatedly to investigators.
His killings may date back a decade or longer, the FBI said at the briefing in the U.S. Attorney's office in Anchorage. His victims all appeared to be strangers to him, prey from random encounters. And investigators suspect he killed more than the eight they've zeroed in on. He'd fly someplace, rent a car, then drive hundreds of miles away, the FBI said. While he stole from Koenig using her ATM card, and confessed to bank robberies in Texas and New York, his motive did not appear to be financial, authorities said.
Keyes told investigators he killed Koenig, a Vermont couple and five others, Karen Loeffler, U.S. attorney for Alaska, said. Investigators were able to corroborate enough of what he said about the deaths of William and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt., to be convinced he was responsible, though they were not able to find the couple's bodies, Loeffler said. Sunday marked the first time officials publicly connected Keyes to the Curriers, who disappeared in June 2011.
He also said he killed four other people in Washington state, where he used to live, and one person in New York state, said Mary Rook, the FBI special agent in charge of the Anchorage office.
Authorities "developed information that he was responsible for multiple additional victims," Rook said. "To our knowledge, there are no other victims here in Alaska. They were all in the Lower 48."
Authorities have not been able to identify the suspected additional victims, or recover their bodies, she said. He didn't tell their names, authorities said."
Even though Mr. Keyes is now dead, our investigation continues," Rook said.
Investigators are analyzing years of financial and travel records to try to piece together Keyes' actions, she said. They have consulted with the FBI behavioral analysis unit based in Quantico, Va., for insight into his personality, she said. The investigation aims to close unsolved homicide and missing person cases, and give some measure of peace to friends and families of the dead, Rook said.
Loeffler described the investigation since Koenig's Feb. 1 disappearance as "massive."
Keyes was found dead in a cell at the Anchorage correctional complex Sunday morning, according to Beth Ipsen, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers. Troopers were notified about 6:30 a.m., she said at Sunday's news conference.
Troopers determined Keyes died "of an apparent suicide," Ipsen said. "I can tell you that he was alone in his cell. ... We don't suspect foul play." Ipsen said troopers are awaiting autopsy results before disclosing how he died. Neither troopers nor the other officials would say if he left a suicide note.
Keyes, 34, a once self-employed carpenter and an Army veteran, had been jailed since March on federal charges connected with Koenig's disappearance and death."
What we do know about him is he worked alone," FBI agent Jolene Goeden said. "He traveled a lot. He was a loner. He would go to a state and get a vehicle and he would drive."
Anchorage police and FBI investigators spent dozens of hours talking to Keyes in the months since his arrest, they said Sunday. He was continuing to cooperate, talking to investigators as recently as Thursday, but only letting out bits of information at a time. His suicide hurts the ongoing law enforcement investigation, authorities said."
As of this week, we were still obtaining valuable information from Mr. Keyes," said Kevin Feldis, chief of criminal prosecutions for the U.S. attorney's office in Anchorage.
Before Sunday, police and the FBI had revealed little about the cases under investigation, sticking mainly to scripted statements.
"We needed to keep those lines of communication open," Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said. "He was very, very, very sensitive to his reputation, as odd as that sounds. And we had to keep things extremely quiet to keep him talking to us."
Koenig, a barista, was abducted from Common Grounds Espresso in Midtown as she was closing up the stand around 8 p.m. on Feb. 1. Mew said Sunday that Keyes took her at gunpoint. Family and friends organized a massive search. Volunteers posted fliers with her picture all over Alaska. Hundreds showed up for a Town Square vigil on Feb. 11 at which a pastor pleaded with her kidnapper to free her. But she was already dead."
We are convinced both from the confession, and from corroborating evidence, that Samantha was killed that night, long, long before anybody received reports of her being missing," Mew said.
Surveillance video from the coffee stand showed a struggle but the images were shadowy and didn't help much, he said. A second video from the nearby Home Depot parking lot showed a man and Koenig approaching a white pickup truck, later identified as his 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, but it was shot from a camera hundreds of feet away. The video was pixelated, but investigators were able to pull images from it that eventually helped convince Keyes to talk, authorities said.
Police determined there were about 3,000 similar trucks of around that year in Anchorage. Traffic officers were dispatched to check out every one, Mew said.
"That's the magnitude of this investigation," Mew said. "If you had a white pickup truck of the right year, chances are the Anchorage Police Department was watching your car, and you, during those early days of this investigation."
But that didn't get them to Keyes. Officers hadn't made their way down the list to his truck before his arrest.
Authorities were not prepared to release any details on Sunday about how he killed his victims or about evidence they obtained from searches. His former home in West Anchorage was scoured, as was property he owns in upstate New York. Among other things, investigators hauled away a shed from his Anchorage yard.
Mew and Loeffler said they wanted to first talk to the victims' families. Prosecutors said his sudden death means they will never get the same sense of justice and finality that a jury trial or guilty plea would bring.
Some details are known. In February, Keyes obtained Koenig's debit card -- Mew said he got it from her boyfriend's truck. He began making withdrawals, first in Anchorage and then in the Southwest. He texted police a ransom note from Koenig's cellphone to get more money.
That's why police thought she might be still alive, Mew said. Anchorage authorities were working with the FBI, police departments, sheriff's offices, and state law enforcement all around the Southwest, Mew said.
"We were picking up instant notices of ATM withdrawals, picking up photographs from the ATMs" and traffic cameras, Mew said. Keyes' rental car, a white Ford Focus, showed up in an ATM video.
Agents were up all night following his ATM trail of cash withdrawals and photos, Anchorage police investigator Jeff Bell said.
"We were 10 minutes behind him," Bell said.
Investigators aren't sure whether Koenig was Keyes' last victim. They don't know what all he did in Texas.
On March 13, a highway patrol officer in Lufkin, Texas, spotted the Ford Focus and pulled it over. Until then, investigators didn't know the name of the man they were looking for, Mew said. Koenig's debit card and cellphone -- with the battery removed to prevent tracking -- were inside, police said.
Keyes was charged with financial fraud and brought to Anchorage. He was interrogated by a team from the FBI, Anchorage police and the U.S. Attorney's Office, and he confessed to Koenig's murder, Loeffler said.
He told them he hid her body under the ice in Matanuska Lake north of Anchorage and used a chain saw to cut a hole and slip her body into the water, Mew said, explaining for the first time how police knew precisely where to look. FBI divers pulled her body out of the lake on April 2.
During that initial confession, investigators and prosecutors began to suspect that Koenig "was likely and sadly not Mr. Keyes' first victim" -- and they all had different reasons for coming to that conclusion, Feldis said. "Which immediately led us to develop a plan of how we were going to get him to talk to us about these other crimes, where the investigation needed to go. That's really what we were doing for the past nine months."
The suspect came across as highly organized and methodical, Feldis said.
Keyes soon admitted he killed the Curriers, Feldis said. He told authorities he had hid their bodies in an abandoned farmhouse in Essex, Vt., but it had been torn down by the time investigators got that information, Mew said. And he said there were more.
Koenig's body is the only one authorities have found so far. Keyes was thorough, Mew said.
None of the officials on Sunday could say what drove Keyes to kill. Investigators are still researching his background. They all struggled to understand why he did it, Loeffler said.
"This isn't a concrete thing that somebody can answer," she said.
In a court appearance in May, Keyes tried to flee the courtroom, vaulting over the rail separating defendants and lawyers from spectators. Deputy marshals used a Taser to shock and subdue him. Bell said Sunday that Keyes had noticed his leg irons were loose, so wiggled his way out. He thought he might get away, Bell said.
"He told us that if he even had a 1 percent chance, why not go for it," Bell said.
Keyes' trial for the charges related to Koenig's death had been scheduled to begin in March. The U.S. Attorney's Office had not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty, Feldis said. Keyes never showed remorse, he said.
"This has been massive," Loeffler said. "It started out massive with the Anchorage Police Department doing every possible thing they could to find Samantha Koenig under the hope that she was still alive. And it evolved into massive when we found out what we had."

Police, FBI revisit Israel Keyes home
By Casey Grove - Anchorage Daily News
October 23, 2012
ANCHORAGE — Federal agents and city crime scene investigators on Tuesday closed the quiet dead-end street in West Anchorage where Israel Keyes lived prior to his alleged February abduction and slaying of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, scouring the home and property for nearly 12 hours.
It is the third search at the light-blue home on Spurr Lane, in the Turnagain neighborhood, since Texas authorities arrested Keyes, 34, in March. An FBI spokesman and a federal prosecutor on the Keyes case both refused to say what triggered Tuesday's flurry of activity at the home. Neither would comment on what agents were looking for, or what they found.
"All I can say is the APD and FBI are executing a federal search warrant," said FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis said the warrant was sealed. Feldis would not say when prosecutors filed for the warrant. Such warrants must be executed within 10 days of a judge approving them, Feldis said.
One neighbor saw federal agents and Anchorage police officers working in the early morning light with metal detectors, starting in the driveway and moving to the back of the house. A new, unpainted Anchorage Police Department crime scene investigation motorhome could be seen parked in front of the residence. The agents and officers carried gear from the motorhome and two unmarked utility trucks, coming and going from the house throughout the day. FBI agents with cameras snapped pictures of small items in front of the home's garage and also worked in the backyard.
A neighbor said he saw the investigators at the home before 8 a.m. Most of the police vehicles were gone by 5 p.m., but one or two remained as the sun was setting.
Neighbors said Keyes lived at the home with his girlfriend, Kimberly Anderson, who is listed in property records as its owner. The couple mostly kept to themselves. Anderson has continued to live in the home, but Keyes' 10- or 11-year-old daughter hasn't been seen there since her father's arrest, neighbors said.
Keyes has been jailed since March 15.
Police say surveillance video shows Keyes abducting Koenig, 18, from the Midtown coffee stand where she was working the night of Feb. 1 and forcing her to walk away from the hut with him. According to police statements and a federal indictment filed against Keyes, he allegedly stole a debit card from someone with whom Koenig shared a vehicle, got a pass code for the card from Koenig, and killed her later that night or during the early morning hours the next day.
He then allegedly used the debit card in Alaska to steal money from the person's account and, after flying out of Alaska, came back to the state Feb. 17 and demanded ransom money using her cellphone, the indictment says. Keyes again flew out of Alaska, and in a series of withdrawals while wearing a mask, stole more money from the account using ATMs in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, the indictment says.
On March 13, six weeks after Koenig's disappearance, the authorities caught up with Keyes in Lufkin, Texas. He was arrested after a traffic stop for speeding -- though federal investigators were already on his trail, according to a charging document -- and he was soon brought back to Alaska.
Just after the arrest in Texas, police wearing helmets and body armor and carrying shotguns swarmed the Spurr Lane house, serving their first search warrant there. Among other evidence hauled away, the investigators took a trailer used for Keyes' one-man carpentry business, Keyes Construction.
Two weeks later, on March 30, police and federal agents again executed a search warrant at the house and property. With a rented forklift and flat-bed truck, they seized a shed and drove it to FBI headquarters downtown.
A dive team recovered Koenig's body April 2.
Many details of the investigation of Koenig's abduction and death -- including any connection of the shed with the case and what led the authorities to Matanuska Lake -- have never been made public.
Earlier this month, a court filing by prosecutors in the federal case against Keyes suggested he is the subject of other criminal investigations. No details were disclosed. Citing anonymous sources, a Vermont TV station reported in July that Keyes was the "prime suspect" in the 2011 disappearance of a husband and wife in Essex, Vermont.

Arrest made in Texas in disappearance of barista
By Casey Grove - Anchorage Daily News
March 15, 2012
An Anchorage man connected to the disappearance of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig is in jail after his arrest this week in Texas, but Koenig remains missing, police said Thursday.
Texas authorities arrested the man, Israel Keyes, midday Tuesday in Lufkin, Texas after a traffic stop, police said. He was described in a statement issued by police here Thursday as "a person of interest" in Koenig's disappearance.
Police have not revealed the charges against Keyes, but according to a charging document filed in Texas federal court, Keyes allegedly committed access device fraud, a charge typically levied against an individual who uses another person's bank or credit card to retrieve funds without permission. Federal and local law enforcement are now asking for help from the public to find out more information about the 34-year-old self-employed builder, believed to be the lone employee of his construction company, Keyes Construction.
Keyes' arrest is the only publicly released break in the case since Koenig vanished about 8 p.m. Feb. 1. Police say surveillance video shows an armed abductor force her from the Midtown coffee hut where she worked. Det. Slawomir Markiewicz would not say if Keyes matched the description of the man seen in the video.
"He's the only person we charged, and the only person of interest. And the biggest thing at this time is that we haven't found Samantha Koenig and we don't know her whereabouts," Markiewicz said.
Two Anchorage detectives have been in Texas for several days this week working on the case, Markiewicz said. The detectives will remain in Texas for several more days serving search warrants, he said. When asked if the arrest meant police are closer now to finding Koenig -- whom they hope is still alive -- Markiewicz replied, "Of course."
"As I've said before, I believe this case will be solved. This is a step toward that goal, a big step," he said.
Both Markiewicz and Koenig's father, who spoke to the Daily News through a family friend, said they do not know how Keyes might have known Koenig.
"We haven't found evidence linking him to her," Markiewicz said. "We don't know if he knew her before (she disappeared)."
Markiewicz would not comment on whether police believe Keyes was directly responsible for abducting Koenig or if Keyes was found with any of Koenig's belongings.
A TV station in Lufkin, Texas, KTRE, first reported Keyes' arrest.
KTRE reported Tuesday that diners having an outdoor lunch watched authorities take a "suspected kidnapper" into custody. A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson told the TV station that the man -- who police did not identify at the time but is now known to be Keyes -- was pulled over for a traffic violation."
Investigators said they found enough evidence in the vehicle to arrest the driver for suspected kidnapping. He was also searched and then taken into custody for questioning," the KTRE story says.
Markiewicz would not comment on whether Keyes was cooperating with police or specifically what led the authorities to him.
"It's the result of many hours of police work," Markiewicz said. "Methodical meticulous police work (by) our officers and detectives, the local FBI office and the local enforcement in Texas, screening every lead and following up."
"This wasn't the result of luck."
Just after Keyes was arrested, police served a search warrant at a house in Anchorage's Turnagain neighborhood. Markiewicz said Keyes resides at the house on Spurr Lane, a narrow dead-end street off of Clay Products Drive.
Next-door neighbors Michele Buwalda and Tom McMillan said Keyes lives there with a woman named Kimberly Anderson, who is also listed as the owner of the house in city property records. A daughter they estimated was 12 or 13 lives with the couple at least some of the time, they said.
Markiewicz said Anderson is not a suspect or person of interest in the case.
Since Keyes and Anderson moved in a few years ago, the couple made many improvements to what is one of the more modest homes on the street, Buwalda and McMillan said. Keyes and Anderson were quiet and polite. They threw a couple of small parties each year, the neighbors said.
"I would be pretty surprised if he's involved with it," McMillan said.
Keyes spent a lot of time running saws and other equipment in the yard for his construction business, occasionally running afoul of neighbors because of late evening noise, they said.
Neighbors said that they noticed an unmarked police car idling for hours on Monday at an intersection a block away. Tuesday morning police arrived in unmarked cars, neighbors said. Wearing SWAT gear and carrying rifles, they swarmed the blue house. They took pictures and seemed to be collecting evidence. Later on that day, police followed Anderson's car as she pulled into the driveway, neighbors said. She left with them. Her car and Keyes' truck were towed. She returned the next day by cab. A crime scene van stayed parked outside the house until late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, neighbors said.
Late Thursday afternoon, after Keyes' arrest was announced, a truck pulled up to the blue house, where a trailer with Keyes' business name on it was parked in the driveway. Two women got out. One of the women covered her head with a jacket to shield her face.
On a website for his business, Keyes lists his work history in construction. He says he worked in Washington from 1995 to 1997. After that, the site says he served in the Army for three years, stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington, Fort Hood in Texas and in Egypt before he was discharged in 2000. From 2001 to 2007, he worked for the Makah Tribal Council in Neah Bay, Wash. He moved to Alaska and started his business in 2007, his website says.
Anchorage police and the FBI are asking that any of Keyes' associates, anybody who's had contact with him since Jan. 1, or anyone who may have done business with his company, Keyes Construction, call 1-800-225-5324 OR 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Markiewicz said that request does not necessarily mean anything related to the abduction happened at a house or business where Keyes may have worked. But tips related to Keyes' work might help the investigation, the detective said.
"We certainly want to find out what projects he did. Whether he had access to other residences, whether he had keys to other houses. Any information like that," Markiewicz said.
Koenig's fate remains unknown and the investigators continue to treat her disappearance as a highly sensitive abduction case, Markiewicz said.
"We investigated as if she's alive. We haven't found her. We don't know what happened with her. We're concerned. We don't know if she's alive," Markiewicz said. "We have investigated this from the beginning as an abduction. Nothing has changed with that. We are very concerned that she hasn't been seen for six weeks."
"The truth is, we don't know her whereabouts ... and we don't know what's happened with her since she was abducted," he said.
Koenig's father, James, declined to answer reporters' questions Thursday. Family friend Michelle Tasker spoke on his behalf and said he is asking that anyone with information about Keyes or his daughter's whereabouts call the FBI or police.
"It's just one more step to getting his daughter back," Tasker said. "He's exhausted, tired, just wants it over and wants his daughter home. He's angry and doesn't have anything to say right now, other than wanting the public's support in answering the APD's and FBI's requests for information."
Tasker said James Koenig told her he does not know Keyes or anything about him.
"Never met him, never seen him," Tasker said. "(He) has no clue what connection (Keyes) may have to his daughter. To his knowledge his daughter doesn't know him either."