SACRAMENTO, CA - A remorseless serial killer traveled across the country for his victims during his killing spree. One of his trips brought him to the Sacramento area and the FBI wants to know more.
Last Sunday, 34-year-old Israel Keyes committed suicide with a razor in his jail cell in Anchorage, Alaska. He was in the process of being interrogated by FBI agents in connection with multiple murders since 2001.
Keyes is the suspect in eight murders, including that of an 18-year-old barrista in Anchorage, whom he abducted at gunpoint in December before raping and killing her. Keyes left her body in his home, flew to New Orleans for a cruise and then asked her parents for a ransom.
Before that, he'd traveled across Alaska and the United States, finding his victims randomly, including a couple from Vermont, four victims from Washington state and another woman whose body he disposed of in New York.
He described how he would find his victims.
"Back when I was smart I would let them come to me. Just a remote area. Kind of go to a remote area that's not anywhere near where you live, but that other people go to as well," Keyes told authorities during his interrogation.
"He was very meticulous, he was very organized, he definitely planned everything that he did," FBI Special Agent Jolene Goeden said.
He stashed "kill kits" across the country that held guns, shovels and Drano to help dispose of bodies. He financed his travels by robbing banks.
Goeden said he took pleasure in killing people.
"He talked about the rush that he got about it. The adrenaline and kind of the high he got from doing it," Goeden said. "And unfortunately I think he enjoyed what he was doing."
Did Keyes kill in Northern California?
On July 9, 2010, Keyes flew into Sacramento International Airport. He traveled to Auburn where he rented a car. Over the next three days he put 280 miles on his rental, but it's not clear where he drove.
Auburn police said they had no murders during 2010, but the FBI is reportedly checking with local and regional law enforcement in the areas Keyes traveled since 2001 to try to learn if there were more victims.
The FBI wants to hear from anyone who might have information on his travels or who has reason to believe they may have seen him.
Keyes was finally caught in March after using his latest victim's bank card at an ATM in Texas. He told interrogators he had two personalities and that only he knew of the one that killed.
"There is no one who knows me or who has ever known me, who knows anything about me, really," Keyes said.