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July 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

North Bend killer’s chilling video: “Just taking what I want for as long as I can”

In a chilling video released Thursday by the King County Sheriff’s Office, Peter Keller spoke matter-of-factly about killing his wife and daughter, living in the elaborate bunker he spent years building near Rattlesnake Ridge and robbing banks and pharmacies, “just taking what I want for as long as I can.”

He also talked of his plan to kill himself if police “put it together” and discovered his location.

“I do have my escape and that’s death,” Keller said with a chuckle. “I can always shoot myself. I’m OK with that.”

The video was filmed by Keller a couple weeks before he fatally shot his wife Lynnettee and 18-year-old daughter Kaylene in their beds on April 22, then torched their North Bend home, ringing the residence with gas cans and other booby traps in an unsuccessful effort to destroy evidence that ultimately led detectives to the hideout he painstakingly dug out of a hillside.

Almost 10 minutes long, the video was found inside a camera that was located in Keller’s bunker after he fatally shot himself in the head five days later, as SWAT team members closed in on him after getting a whiff of wood smoke and spotting a freshly cut tree.

A longer version of the video is here.

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