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March 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

FBI: Alaska killer likely not tied to missing man in Washington

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — The FBI says it’s highly unlikely confessed Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes was connected to the unsolved disappearance of a man in Washington state. A special episode of Investigation Discovery’s “Dark Minds” TV series airing April 2 says Gilbert Gilman was a potential victim of Keyes, who had been in…

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February 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

No death penalty in fatal Northwest crime-spree case

The Associated Press PORTLAND — The Justice Department says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided against seeking the death penalty for two people accused in a 2011 Northwest crime spree that left four dead, including a couple in Everett. The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed notice Friday in federal court and issued a statement, neither explaining the decision….

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January 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Killer of at least 3 women sentenced in Oregon

The Associated Press PORTLAND — A man who confessed to killing women decades ago has been sentenced to life in an Oregon prison with no chance for parole. Jeffrey Cutlip was sentenced Friday, three months after he pleaded guilty to the murders of Marlene Claire Carlson, Julie Marie Bennett and Nielen Doll. Carlson and Bennett were killed in…

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October 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Tips yield info on serial killer who said he left 5 dead in Washington

RACHEL D’ORO Associated Press ANCHORAGE — Investigators are following up on tips about an Alaska serial killer that were prompted by new information released to the public, an FBI official said. The agency in August posted more than six hours of videotaped interviews with Israel Keyes conducted by agents, federal prosecutors and Anchorage police in the months…

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May 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Serial killer Robert Yates Jr. seeks federal appeal of death sentence

Condemned serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr., awaiting execution for the murders of two women in Pierce County in the late 1990s, is seeking an appeal of his death sentence in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Yates, 60, a father of five and former Air National Guard helicopter pilot, has already had his death sentence upheld…

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December 11, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Tuesday Memo: Sign of Jesus … 10,500 lucky Sea-Tac parkers … Serial killer

Is Jesus the reason, or is the sign just too big? A man in Pasco, Tri-Cities, has a 6 feet by 3-and-a-half feet decoration outside his home that says “Jesus is the reason for the season,” but his homeowners association says the sign violates the association’s covenants and wants it down. The…

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December 3, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Alleged serial killer’s claim of 4 Washington state victims is being investigated

Before killing himself in an Anchorage jail cell over the weekend, suspected murderer Israel Keyes claimed he had killed four people in Washington and others around the country. Frank Harrill, the FBI’s senior supervisory agent in Spokane, said this morning that there is a “very active” investigation into Keyes’ statements to Anchorage authorities. Drivers license and other…

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June 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Remains of Green River Killer victim identified

The King County Sheriff’s Office announced today the remains of a woman killed by Green River Killer Gary L. Ridgway have been positively identified. Since their discovery in 1985, the remains have been referred to as Jane Doe B16, or bones 16, authorities said. But on Monday, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman confirmed that through DNA…

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