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February 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

FBI releases Alaska serial killer’s handwritten notes

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE — Handwritten notes found under Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes’ body after he killed himself in jail were released Wednesday by the FBI, but the agency said the writings offer no clues about his crimes, such as the names of additional victims.

The notes were found on legal paper underneath Keyes, who slit his wrist Dec. 2 in his Anchorage jail cell using the blade of a disposable razor that was embedded in a pencil. He also had strangled himself with a bedsheet.

Keyes’ writings were on a yellow legal pad, FBI special agent Mary Rook said in a statement. They were too bloody to read immediately but were sent to the FBI laboratory in Virginia and restored.

The FBI determined Keyes left behind no code or hidden message in the writings. The agency said it would offer no commentary on the meaning of the writings, which included bits of disturbing poetry about violence and deception.

“You may have been free, you loved living your lie, fate had its own scheme, crushed like a bug you still die,” the notes said. It was unclear whether Keyes was referring to himself or someone else in the writings.

Keyes, 34, was set for a March trial in federal court in the abduction and killing of Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig.

Before he died, Keyes confessed to the killings of at least seven others in other states, including Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt., in 2011. He also claimed to have killed four people in Washington state between 2001 and 2006, but that has not been verified.

Koenig and the Curriers are the only victims named by Keyes because he knew authorities had tied him to their deaths. However, investigators have said he say he may have murdered close to a dozen people across the country.

Keyes was stationed at Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord) in the late 1990s, and then lived in the Colville area in Stevens County and in Neah Bay, Clallam County, according to residential data. Keyes moved from Washington to Alaska in March 2007.

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