Israel Keyes (January 7, 1978 – December 2, 2012), was a serial killer, rapist, arsonist, bank robber and burglar.
Keyes was notable for planning his murders long before he put them to action. He always killed far from home, and made sure not to hit the same area twice. During his outings, he would keep his cell off and only pay with cash. In one instance, he flew to Chicago, rented a car, and drove over 1,000 miles to Vermont where he had planned a murder two years earlier.
Keyes stated that he greatly admired Ted Bundy and shared many similarities with him; Both felt possession over their victims, were very intelligent, and methodical in what they did. However a singular difference between the two would be that Keyes did not discriminate when it came to who he killed, whereas Bundy targeted primarily young women.
He admitted to killing four people in Washington State, one person in New York State, and was thought to have killed many others around the country. On August 12 2012, the FBI said Keyes burglarized 20 to 30 homes across the United States and robbed several banks during that time period to fund his hobby of killing people. He may be linked to as many as 11 deaths in the U.S, and there might be even more victims outside the country.
On the morning of March 13th 2012, Keyes was arrested in the town of Lufkin, Texas, after he used a credit card from one of his recent victims. Later, during his time in jail, he had stated that if he was not slated for the death penalty soon, he would commit suicide. On December 2nd, 2012, Keyes was found dead in his cell, with large self-inflicted cuts to the wrists.