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FBI Investigating Possible Oregon Murders by Infamous Serial Killer Israel Keyes

Israel Keyes linked to Oregon crimes
(FBI booking photo)

Israel Keyes, one of the most infamous serial killers of the last few decades, may have committed murder or other crimes in Oregon.

Keyes lived in Washington state from 2001 to 2007, and the FBI says he committed a series of murders, bank robberies and other crimes between 2001 and 2012.  His timeline of crime began in Oregon, as he told investigators about an abduction and rape of a girl between the ages of 14 and 18 years old while she was tubing on the Deschutes River.  He lived in Maupin, OR at that time.

After he was discharged from the Army in 2001, his crime spree took off, committing at least 11 known murders, 20-30 home burglaries, several bank robberies and other potential crimes.  Much like Ted Bundy, Keyes was able to use his intelligence to baffle investigators.  He often traveled across the country, flying or driving, left the country several times,  paid cash and turned off his phone during these trips.  He also often murdered victims, then transported them hundreds of miles away to dispose of them.  He often used Drano and other chemicals to destroy the body.  He never killed a person in the same place twice.

He was finally caught after committing a murder in Alaska, killing a female barrista who worked in Anchorage.  He committed suicide in jail while awaiting a trial that was supposed to begin in March of this year.

Based upon his statements to investigators and new evidence, the FBI now believes many other unsolved murders of disappearances could be linked to him. He admitted to, or has been linked to, murders in New York, Vermont, Washington, possibly Oregon and Texas.

Keyes grew up near Colville, WA, and when he was in the Army, he served at Fort Lewis from 1998 until his discharge.

As authorities piece together more information, his story sounds more like an episode of Criminal Minds, with stories almost too improbable to believe.   Authorities are asking anyone who may have information about Keyes in Oregon or the Pacific Northwest,  to please call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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