While in jail awaiting trial for the 2012 murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, serial killer Israel Keyes took part in 40 hours' worth of interviews with the FBI detailing his gruesome murders. Along with disclosing information about his 10 other known victims, Keyes also told investigators that he would often stash “murder kits” near future crimes scenes. These kits contained weapons and supplies to dispose of his victims' bodies, including duct tape, shovels, guns, rope, Drano and lye.
Unlike most serial killers, Keyes traveled thousands of miles to stalk his victims and learn their habits before killing them. He told authorities that he would leave his home in Anchorage, Alaska, under the guise of visiting distant friends and family members, and no one suspected he was going on multi-state killing sprees.
At the time of his arrest, Keyes said he had multiple caches buried across the country.
Former FBI Special Agent Bobby Chacon told "Method of a Serial Killer," which airs October 28 at 7/6c on Oxygen, "Israel Keyes was one of the most meticulous serial killers that I’ve ever come across or even heard of. And one of the reasons is these kill kits or caches of gears that he had stashed away... ."
Vermont kill kit buried in 2009.
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Special Agent Jolene Goeden said Keyes would usually plant his kits before identifying potential victims: "The planning really started when he ... buried that kit in that location. I haven't seen anything like it."
According to the FBI, Keyes would sometimes store his murder kits for years before using them in a murder.
"This ability to delay gratification — to have a kill kit and not act on it — was very atypical. You don't see that kind of patience in people who do this sort of thing," forensic psychologist Dr. Thomas Powell told "Method of a Serial Killer." "He probably waited with a great deal of excitement."
The FBI determined Keyes took as many as 35 trips between October 2004 and his capture in March 2012, and they believe he claimed multiple victims possibly using kill kits during this time.
To learn more about Israel Keyes' mysterious crimes and murders, watch "Method of a Serial Killer" on Oxygen.
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