Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes had Chicago connection - New York News

Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes had Chicago connection

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Federal authorities say a man who may have committed multiple murders across the United States for more than a decade, used Chicago as a launching point for one of them.

Israel Keyes, who has been linked to the murder of a Vermont couple last year, flew to Chicago from Alaska and then, according to federal authorities, drove to Vermont to commit that crime.

Keyes, 34, committed suicide in an Alaska jail on Sunday after his arrest for the murder of a barista he abducted in and killed in March. But, it's what he told state and federal investigators about the murder of a Vermont couple in the summer of 2011 that has authorities asking for help.

"In his conversations with Alaska state and federal authorities, Isreal Keyes repeatedly indicated that he would discontinue conversations with those authorities, if his name was publicly linked to the killings of Bill and Lorraine Courier," Vermont Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan says. "Discontinue of conversations with Keyes was especially concerning as Keyes claimed that he'd killed other people."

In the Vermont murders, the FBI says Keyes flew from Alaska to Chicago, rented a car and then drove to Vermont, where he randomly selected Bill and Lorraine Courier, who he abducted and murdered.

After his arrest last March, Keyes claimed he killed four others. The FBI says Keyes also said he stashed weapons and tools to bury bodies for future crimes he planned to commit. Agents recovered two buried caches, in Alaska and New York.

According to the FBI, Keyes traveled to the Midwest on five occasions: April 2007, October/November 2008, May through July 2010, October 2010 and June 2011.

It was that last trip where Keyes flew in and then back out of Chicago in connection with the Vermont murders.

The FBI says Keyes, a construction worker living in Alaska, financed his trips in part by robbing banks, two of which have been confirmed.

The FBI is asking for the public's help making any other connections to unsolved murders.

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