Serial killer reportedly connected to Kehoe brothers
SPOKANE, Wash. — A serial killer reportedly responsible for at least eight murders across the country has connections to a well-known white supremacist family, according to an online publication.
Watch above: Kehoe brothers involved in shootout with police in 1997.
According to The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that tracks cases related to racism across the country, Israel Keyes grew up near Chevie and Cheyne Kehoe, brothers who are currently serving life sentences for murder and attempted murder.
SPLC’s HateWatch blog says Keyes was a childhood friend of the Kehoes. The two families lived less than a mile apart and considered each other friends, a Stevens Co. source tells the site.
The Kehoes identified with a church called The Ark, located near both families’ homes, according to this source. The Ark preaches white people are the superior race and claims modern-day Jews are descendents of Satan. SPLC suggests the Keyes family might have given their son the name Israel based on their belief in the Christian Identity church.
The Stevens Co. source went on to tell SPLC the relationship between Keyes and the Kehoe brothers continued into their teen years. Authorities say they might have even attended a rally together in the early 90s targeting racists and neo-Nazis in Stevens Co.
The FBI is currently investigating all the leads, and his possible connection to additional murders.
Keyes was 34 when he hilled himself in an Alaska jail on Sunday. He was serving time there for the murder of an Anchorage woman.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — 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 in Philadelphia and Lisa Rathke in Montpelier, Vt., contributed to this report.
Not only is this so called serial killer linked with this phony baloney Kehoe Bros duo (watch the completely fake video below), but he is supposedly linked with a ….wait for it………..white supremacist who set a pipe bomb to go off at a Martin Luther King parade. This is what the FBI says, just what they said about Edgar Steele too.
This FBI nailed a so called Christian Identist who committed suicide before he was tried (he looks like a Jewish Christian Identist if you know what I mean). The Kehoe Bros keystone cops video is a crock of manure and the FBI arrests a pipe bomber from the National Alliance (all living amongst themselves). Does this sound a bit hard to believe? It sure does to me. Of course, like Saddam, like Qadhafi, like Edgar Steele, we will never get to the bottom of these so called crimes because our government is completely Jew controlled and their worst enemies aren’t Arabs, but white Christians. Bring it on! The more truth comes out the more BS they have to create to thwart it.
Jews do not like Christian Identity at all because it drives a stake right into the heart of Jew lies for over 2000 years. They will do whatever they can to make CI into Nazi’s, white supremacists or whatever they can to distort as they have done for thousands of years. They run the media specifically for this reason. If you trust Jews at all, whether they claim to be friend or foe you will be betrayed and it will cost you.
Rather than debate a Christian Identist in person they will use their venomous media to twist things around to hype the masses with pathetic fables. You wont see a Christian Identist being praised for exposing the Jew fiat money system or the Jew slave trade or the truth about where Jews really come from and what an Israelite really is. They know its back to the ghetto if people catch on to this and unless they kill us all off that’s exactly where they are going. The truth is Christian Identity is against Jew crime and you should be too if you are a human being. They have to commit a Katyn every now and then, but we need our own Katyn now.