Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Why It's Probably Not Israel Keyes
On Sunday, confessed serial killer Israel Keyes committed suicide in an Alaskan jail. He was awaiting trial there for the February abduction/murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig. He had also confessed to the 2011 murder of Bill and Lorraine Currier, a middle-aged couple who were killed in their Essex, Vermont home. Following his suicide, the FBI have released a timeline of Keyes' travels across the country and have asked the public to help them figure out which other crimes he may be connected to.
Since then, there's been a lot of speculation about whether Keyes may be a good suspect for Maura's disappearance. I do believe he should be looked at, if only to rule him out, but I think it is very unlikely Keyes had anything to do with what happened to Maura Murray.
Keyes, like many serial killers, was highly organized. He stalked his victims and the crime scenes for some time before acting, to make sure he could commit the rapes and murders without being caught. Even though he was traveling across country, his murders were not "crimes of opportunity." They were meticulously planned hunts.
It is extremely unlikely that Keyes happened to be driving by the scene of Maura's accident in rural New Hampshire in the seven minutes she was alone and decided to abduct her in clear view of three homes. It would be too much of a coincidence in timing. And Keyes had no control of the scene.
A much more likely explanation is that Maura was traveling in tandem with someone she knew and left with them after they turned around to pick her up after she crashed.