American Predator

American Predator

The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century

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"A gripping tour de force of investigative journalism that takes us deep into the investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history, and into the ranks of a singular American police force: the Anchorage PD Most of us have never heard of Israel Keyes. But he is one of the most ambitious, meticulous serial killers of modern time. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecutor as "a force of pure evil, " he was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried "kill kits"--cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools--in remote locations across the country and over the course of fourteen years, would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use his kits. He would break into a stranger's house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. And then he would return home, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter. When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years--uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist. A killer who left a path of monstrous, randomly committed crimes in his wake--many of which remain unsolved to this day. American Predator is the ambitious culmination of years of on-the-ground interviews with key figures in law enforcement and in Keyes's life, and research uncovered from classified FBI files. Callahan takes us on a journey into the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer, and the limitations of traditional law enforcement, in one of America's most isolated environments--Alaska--when faced with a killer who defies all expectation and categorization"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York] : Viking, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525428640
052542864X
Branch Call Number: 364.15232 KEYES -C
Characteristics: 285 pages

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hmmm......meticulous, eh?

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Northfield59
Dec 11, 2019

Very scary read! Keyes got caught. There are more out there we don't know about yet.

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pondgrl
Oct 05, 2019

Seriously frightening.... Israel Keys knew what he was doing, and how to do it. He taunted police officers and law professionals with his kills. He rarely killed in the same place twice, and didn't have a "type".

This book is well - researched, and well put together. I had been reading Ann Rule for years, and was sad when she passed away, but I'll be following this author for sure!

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ReadingIsLiving
Sep 30, 2019

Fascinating story. Well told and read.

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sunnyfeline
Sep 27, 2019

As someone who is interested in criminology, I was wondering why I hadn't really heard much about this serial killer, Israel Keyes, but I soon discovered why. He didn't function like what most serial killers did--he would fly out and drive to different places to stalk and/or kill people. He also robbed banks in small towns. Then he would fly back home and continue on with his life as if nothing happened. Keyes had caches (buckets) buried all over the US that were filled with stuff to aid with his killings. Even the FBI was baffled because he didn't fit into their usual profiling of serial killers that tend to remain within a location for their victims. I was really chilled at the thought of how he got away with this for about 20 years before he was caught for the big case up in Alaska with a young victim named Samantha Koenig. This was outside of his usual routine, we may never truly know why he suddenly decided to kill someone close to home. If he hadn't, he might have gotten away for many more years because he was that good. A must read for those who are interested in this field and want to understand how someone could get away for so long in the 21st Century (digital age).

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Katanguera
Jun 22, 2019

There are some similarities to the way the murderer of "The Man From the Train" committed his crimes a century ago. He traveled all over the country, killing people in small towns, and mostly people didn't see the connections among the crimes. Many times local people were convicted of the murders since no one could imagine someone arriving unnoticed, committing murder and immediately leaving the scene.

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