Serial killers are often cunning, calculated and unwilling to make any mistakes. Many notorious murderers have managed to successfully lead a double life, hiding in plain sight and evading law enforcement for years.
Then through either their own arrogance, carelessness or downright stupidity – they have finally and thankfully been bought to justice. Or was it all thanks to one huge mistake? Here we find out…
7. Israel Keyes
Israel Keyes was an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist, burglar and bank robber. He wanted to kill but not be caught, so he began studying other murderers and serial killers. He came up with two key rules: don’t murder close to home and never kill in the same area twice. Keyes began committing crimes as early as 1996, starting with the violent sexual assault of a teenage girl in Oregon.
Keyes was methodical and highly intelligent. Unlike other serial killers he did not have a certain “type” of victim. He stuck to his rules of always killing away from home and he switched his mobile phone off during his travels. He always paid for items with cash and had no connection to any of his victims. To kill one victim, he flew to Chicago, rented a car and drove an additional thousand miles to Vermont. He was almost impossible to catch and his killing spree lasted for nearly ten years.
Then he was eventually arrested after robbing, kidnapping and murdering 18-year-old Samantha Koenig. Despite having murdered Koenig, Keyes demanded a $30,000 ransom from her parents. Keyes then made a huge mistake when he withdrew the money from the same bank where the ransom was credited. Police tied him to the murder after watching surveillance at the bank and on March 13th, 2012, he was arrested by the Texas Highway Patrol in the parking lot of the Cotton Patch Café in Lufkin, Texas.
While being held at jail, Keyes committed suicide on December 2nd, 2012, via self-inflicted wrist cuts and strangulation. A suicide note found under his body still have no clues to just how many victims there had been – although it is believed the body count is more than eight.