Just days before serial killer Israel Keyes is laid to rest in Deer Park Washington, many questions still remain unanswered.
"We can't say for sure how many victims Keyes has," said FBI Special Agent Jolene Goeden. "However, based on some things that he has told us, or statements that he has made to us suggests that the number is less than 12, we believe it to be about 11."
It's certainly not a number anyone can confirm for sure.
"That's something that only Mr. Keyes knows," Goeden said.
During talks with investigators, Keyes told them he had killed eight people, but he also gave additional information that leads investigators to believe that number could be higher.
"It's certainly possible that there is more than 12," Goeden said. "We came to the number of less than 12 by the statements that Keyes made to us."
While some statements Keyes made might be helpful in leading authorities to other victims, other comments made to investigators weren't so easy to hear.
"He made a number of comments to us that suggested that he did it because he wanted to do it and he liked to do it," Special Agent Goeden said. "Keyes talked about the adrenaline and the rush that the homicides gave him."
Keyes described it as a rush that drove him to kill, an urge to feed a need.
"He indicated that over the last few years that the time frame in between homicides was becoming less and less," said Goeden. "There was more of a need to get that rush."
Meanwhile, in Wells, Texas, the pastor of a small evangelical church told KTRE-TV in East Texas about the numerous interactions he had with Israel Keyes over the years, in particular a longer stay in Texas shortly after the death of Samantha Koenig, while Keyes was attending his sister’s wedding.
"After all of those things and even at the wedding, the Lord plead with him and plead with him,” said Pastor Jacob Gardner of the Church of Wells. “And in the midst of it all he wept, broke down weeping, bawling, even wailing -- but he would not repent.’
Gardner says Keyes claimed to be an atheist, so the pastor began to preach to him, and that's when Keyes got upset.
"He said, ‘Not everybody has morals like you’ to one of the pastors in the church," said Pastor Gardner. "’Not everybody has your morals,’ with the undertone of hate and murder in his heart."
Also Today, The FBI released three photos they took of Keyes cache in Eagle River. The pictures show three bottles of Drano and a shovel. The Drano would be used to speed up decomposition, but the FBI says it wasn’t used on Koenig. The FBI also found a cache in New York, which contained a gun and ammunition.
Keyes’ funeral service is set for this Sunday.
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