Alaska’s serial killer Israel Keyes offered to give investigators the locations of two bodies and the name of one of his victims in exchange for a cigar, according to recently released audiotapes of his interrogation.
Keyes, who committed suicide in December using a razor given to him by prison personnel in Alaska, had been reluctant to give investigators information about the killings before he made the offer of two bodies for a cigar.
Keyes, 34, was uncooperative with investigators. His demands also included a swift execution date.
“Give me something to work with,” one of the investigators told the serial killer, according to audiotapes obtained by the Alaska Dispatch after the news site filed a lawsuit to get the recordings released. “Hold a bunch of your cards back, but give me a card.”
That’s when Keyes made his offer of two bodies for a cigar.
“All right. I’ll give you two bodies and a name ... I can give you one of the murder weapons and the rest of the story, like everything that happened, but I’m not going to give you the rest [today],” he said, adding, “If I get a cigar.”
After investigators acquiesced to Keyes’ demands, he offered them the name “Currier,” which referred to victims Bill and Lorraine Currier of Vermont. The couple disappeared in June 2011.
Keyes located their home for investigators and told them where the couple’s bodies could be found.
The serial killer also hinted that he could give investigators more information. They were aware he robbed a bank in Texas, but Keyes intimated that he was up to more criminal activity in the Lone Star State than authorities originally believed.
"If you want, I can give you arson in Texas. I burned a house down, but I want a cigar for it," he said on the tapes.
Keyes was arrested in March of last year for the murder of Samantha Koenig, a barista from Alaska. The FBI and other law-enforcement agencies learned of other killings committed by Keyes after his capture. He was believed to have murdered as many as a dozen people.
The FBI has not been able to wrap up the other cases since Keyes’ suicide, Special Agent Eric Gonzalez told ABC News.
Howard Koplowitz reports on crime and breaking news events for International Business Times. Howard formerly worked on IBT's continuous news desk, where he covered trending...