Addicted to Murder

Authorities say Israel Keyes killed himself while in custody.

Serial killer Israel Keyes (courtesy of CNN)

On December 2 in an Anchorage, Alaska jail cell, convicted serial killer Israel Keyes scrawled out a quick note, slit his wrists and strangled himself with his bedding.

Keyes had been arrested in March after kidnapping and murdering Samantha Koenig, an Anchorage coffee stand barista. He is suspected of crisscrossing the country and killing as many as seven people, although he could have killed many more. Police are still investigating his case and hope to know more soon.

According to authorities, Keyes was not impelled to kill because he was unbalanced or mentally ill. Instead, he killed because he enjoyed the hunt and was addicted to murder.

“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,” explained Anchorage police detective Monique Doll. “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.”

On Monday, police released a disturbing tape of an interview with Keyes in which he speaks nonchalantly about murder. “Keyes never expressed in any way, shape or form that he was ashamed or regretted his actions,” Doll continued. “He knew what he was and he was fine with it.”


Coffee barista and victim Samantha Koenig (courtesy of Facebook/Koenig family)

Keyes also researched other serial killers, like Ted Bundy, but made sure authorities knew that he didn’t pattern himself after any of them. It mattered to him that people knew that his plans were his own.

Personally, I find this extremely disturbing not only for the murders this man committed, but also because his actions can’t be discounted for mental reasons, childhood abuse or any other clear reason. This is a guy who simply loved to hunt, kidnap and kill people for pleasure, much like a hunter who waits anxiously for deer season to begin so he can start popping caps into Bambi.

We all know there are “psychos” in the world who murder for a variety of different reasons. But how do we protect ourselves from seemingly normal people who hide such blood lust deep inside them and then unleash it on an unsuspecting public? Can anyone truly be safe?

I don’t have any easy answers, but I do have an important tip that can be applied to every situation: watch your back. You just never know when a killer is lurking there, waiting to strike.

Posted on December 12, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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