Did suspected serial killer murder more Texans before his suicide?

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by JASON WHEELER

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WFAA

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 10:54 AM

Before he committed suicide in his jail cell last year, confessed serial killer Israel Keyes confirmed some of his crimes in police interviews.

FBI agent Jeff Bell described Keyes as a "strange, calculated guy [who] in the beginning enjoyed talking about the crimes he committed."

Detectives believe Keyes murdered 11 people, but they’re still trying to determine whether there may be more who died by his hand.

"Eight other victims that we don't know where they are; their family thinks that person is missing and potentially still alive," Bell said. "We'd like to bring closure to those families."

Authorities said the unsolved cases include women near Cleburne, Glen Rose, and Lufkin — all places where Keyes was known to have been.

"Anybody who saw him anywhere in Texas, we'd be interested in talking with them," Bell said.

Driving a blue 2012 Kia Soul, Keyes traveled through the Lone Star State in early 2012, according to to federal agents. In fact, they believe Keyes was in North Texas in mid-February last year when, Bell said, the killer went off the grid.

“He told us in interviews he made his cell phone go dead... took the battery out so he couldn't be tracked when he was out being bad," the FBI agent explained.

Around that time, investigators suspect Keyes was responsible for a house fire in Aledo and a bank robbery in Azle. Johnson County detectives are looking into the possibility he may have committed a murder there.

As investigators piece together crimes Keyes may have been involved in, law enforcement agents from the local level all the way up to the feds are seeking any new information they can get on a man they say was a very organized killer who buried stashes of money, weapons, and tools across the country to aid him in his deadly spree.

Agent Bell described Keyes as one of the "top three methodical serial killers ever" in his ability to formulate a plan of action and to remain at large for as long as he did.

Federal agents recently released several hours of Keyes' interviews in which he appeared to toy with law enforcement officers about possible murders.

The FBI has set up a tip line for any information about his crimes: 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324).

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The FBI provided this timeline of Israel Keyes' known travels and whereabouts between 2004 and 2012:

  • April 20, 2005 to April 25, 2005: Washington, British Columbia
  • May 10, 2006 to May 15, 2006: Western U.S.
  • September 1, 2006 to September 7, 2006: Alaska
  • October 21, 2006 to October 23, 2006: Western U.S., Mexico
  • November 8, 2006 to November 16, 2006: Alaska
  • February 5, 2007 to February 8, 2007: Southwest U.S.
  • March 1, 2007 to March 9, 2007: Washington, Canada (drove to Alaska)
  • April 24, 2007 to May 4, 2007: Western U.S., Mexico
  • August 26, 2007 to September 6, 2007: Western U.S.
  • October 29, 2007 to November 2, 2007: Western U.S.
  • November 12, 2007 to November 13, 2007: Western U.S.
  • April 12, 2007 to December 17, 2007: Midwest and Western U.S.
  • May 1, 2008 to January 8, 2008: Western U.S.
  • January 28, 2008 to February 15, 2008: Southern U.S. and Western U.S.
  • May 11, 2008 to May 17,2008: Western U.S.
  • July 3, 2008 to July 7, 2008: Western U.S.
  • September 16, 2008 to September 24, 2008: Western U.S.
  • October 24, 2008 to November 5, 2008: Southwest U.S., Midwest U.S. and Western U.S.
  • December 5, 2008 to December 7, 2008: Hawaii
  • December 11, 2008 to December 25, 2008: Mexico
  • February 23, 2009 to February 27, 2009: Western U.S.
  • April 1, 2009 to April 14, 2009: Eastern U.S., Western U.S.
  • September 11, 2009 to October 03, 2009: Southern U.S.
  • December 17, 2009 to December 29, 2009: Southern U.S.
  • January 11, 2010 to February 25, 2010: Western U.S.
  • March 1, 2010 to March 10, 2010: Western U.S.
  • April 24, 2010 to April 30, 2010: Western U.S.
  • May 19, 2010 to July 18, 2010: Midwest U.S. and Western U.S.
  • July 18, 2010 to July 22, 2010: Southwest U.S.
  • October 15, 2010 to October 25, 2010: Midwest U.S., Eastern U.S.
  • June 2, 2011 to June 16, 2011: Midwest U.S., Eastern U.S.
  • September 15, 2011 to September 25, 2011: Western U.S.
  • February 2, 2012 to February 18, 2012: Southern U.S.
  • March 6, 2012 to March 13, 2012: Southwestern and Southern U.S.

 

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