Killer’s bloody, ‘poetic’ suicide note

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Anchorage - A confessed Alaska serial killer waxed poetic in a blood-soaked suicide note about the dread his victims felt before they died, but law enforcement officials said on Wednesday the note yielded few clues to aid investigators searching for his victims.

Israel Keyes wrote the four-page note before he killed himself in December while awaiting trial on charges of kidnapping and murder.

Keyes admitted killing Samantha Koenig, 18, whose body was found in an iced-over lake. He also confessed to killing at least seven other people across the country.

His note was written in pencil on lined paper.

“I looked in your eyes, they were so dark warm and trusting as though you had not a worry or care. The more guiless (sic) the gaze the better potential to fill up those pools with your fear,” said the note, which mentioned no names and left no explicit explanation for Keyes’s actions.

Other portions of the note, which also railed against consumerism and conventional American life, appeared to be attempts at poetry.

“You may have been free, you loved living your lie, fate had its own scheme, crushed like a bug you still die,” it said.

Keyes told investigators his murders dated back to 2001, when he was released from the US Army.

Investigators have been trying to match missing persons reports with a timeline, dating back to 2001, of Keyes’s travels in Alaska, other US states and Canada.

Keyes’s note was found under his body after he slit his wrist and strangled himself with a piece of bedding. – Reuters


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