Serial killer Israel Keyes’ eerie drawing of 11 skulls with own blood released by FBI to help identify victims
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released chilling new pictures that serial killer Israel Keyes from Alaska drew of at least 11 skulls allegedly using his own blood. The agents reportedly released the pictures in an attempt to seek help from the public in identifying more potential victims in the case.
The notorious serial killer, who is believed to have committed rapes and killings from 2001 and 2012, has three confirmed victims so far. However, considering the picture found by authorities, the investigators believe that there are eight more victims who have not been discovered yet.
FBI agents, on Saturday's episode of CBS '48 Hours', showed the Keyes' eerie drawing for the first time, saying that the 11 skulls he drew in his blood represent 11 victims. FBI Special Agent Jolene Goeden, on the show, said: "These skulls are drawn in blood and these were found underneath his bed in his jail cell. And one of them says, 'We are one' ... We believe that 11 is the total number of victims."
The officials also released images of Keyes' "kill caches," kits of guns, zip ties, and other items he had stuffed in plastic buckets and had buried across the country years before committing a crime. Authorities believe that there are multiple similar caches buried and may contain evidence of other unsolved murders linked to the case.
"He didn’t know who he was going to kill. But he already knew that he had the items there that he needed," Goeden said referring to the murder kits. Authorities are now asking for public assistance in identifying the supposed eight victims. Special Agent Katherine Nelson said: "It won’t be easy by any means. And it may take a long time. But I’ll never give up trying."
Keyes, in 2012, confessed to killing 18-year-old Samantha Koenig not far from his home in Alaska. Koenig's murder eventually pointed investigators to two other victims: a couple from Vermont, 50-year-old Bill Currier and his 55-year-old wife Lorraine. Keyes, in 2011, broke into the couple's house in Essex, Vermont, tied them up and drove them to an abandoned farmhouse where he shot and killed Bill and then sexually assaulted Lorraine before strangling her to death with a rope. He later doused their bodies with Drano to accelerate the decomposition.
Koenig was his last known victim. Keyes had reportedly abducted her from a coffee stand where she worked. He sexually assaulted her, killed her, dismembered her body, and then disposed of it in Matanuska Lake, north of Anchorage. After her murder, Keyes demanded ransom and that is how police tracked him down. He was arrested in March 2012.
Keyes was extradited to Alaska and was being held in jail at the Anchorage Correctional Complex in Alaska when he committed suicide by self-inflicted wrist cuts and strangulation on December 2, 2012. Before his death, he spoke to investigators for more than 40 hours in interviews, where he told agents that he would travel from state to state to commit murders. Investigators believe his victims could be anywhere he traveled from Washington state, Florida, Colorado or Maine. He told authorities he had been living a double life and targeted everyone, from old couples to young people to adolescent women. However, he never admitted who and where all of his victims were.