The man accused of murdering Samantha Koenig committed suicide in custody, reports say, after confessing to two additional murders out of the state of Vermont. Does that mean Israel Keyes could have truly been a serial killer? It's already known that the man died while in custody today, but this latest update reveals that he did in fact take his own life this morning. Seeing as though he confessed to the murders of two additional people, it's probably safe to say that Israel Keyes was also guilty in the kidnapping and murder of the 18-year-old Anchorage barista.
It seems that Israel Keyes fits the criteria of being a serial killer, but his motives are allegedly financial and not out of impulse or sexual desire. The lack of compassion it takes to murder people for financial gain is despicably low, so it's disappointing that Izzy Keyes took his own life. Now he will escape conviction and sentencing for what he confessed to doing, and for what he has not yet been convicted of doing.
There is one fortunate outcome to him committing suicide, and that's that he won't have any further victims. He won't evade justice ever again. It's done. It's over. he's gone. Though the scars he left behind will never fully heal. The family of Samantha Koenig will never have their beloved friend, daughter, and loved one back.
It should be reminded, however, that before Israel Keyes was arrested and revealed to be the alleged killer of the missing girl, the community in Anchorage were ready to lynch an innocent man. Now that he's dead, this story still hangs dense with negativity and the emotions left behind may never change.
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