Man Charged in Barista Death Linked to 7 Killings

Posted/updated on: December 4, 2012 at 2:27 am

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A man charged in the death of an Alaska barista has killed himself, and authorities say he was linked to at least seven other slayings or possible slayings in three other states. Israel Keyes was found dead in his Anchorage jail cell Sunday morning. Officials say it was a suicide. Keyes was facing a March trial in federal court for the murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who was abducted from an Anchorage coffee kiosk last February. He was later arrested in Lufkin, Texas after using the victim’s debit card.

Authorities say they have confirmed that Keyes killed a Vermont couple missing since last year. Federal and state investigators said at a news conference in Vermont on Monday afternoon that 34-year-old Israel Keyes provided details about the abduction of Bill and Lorraine Currier that authorities had not released to the public. The bodies of the Curriers have never been found, but Vermont investigators had said they found evidence to support the claims by Keyes that he killed them. Authorities say Keyes also indicated he killed four others in Washington state and one person in New York state, but did not give the victims’ names.

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