The local newspaper has been full of disturbing news for the past couple of days. I couple in a nearby town went missing a year and a half ago. Their bodies were never found, but there was serious evidence of foul play. A suspect was identified eventually but his name was never officially released until yesterday.
The suspect, and confessed killer, committed suicide in an Alaska prison. Israel Keyes had been arrested in Alaska for the murder of an 18 year-old coffee cart vendor. He then confessed to the Vermont murders and several others. He died before authorities could follow up any details beyond the Alaska and Vermont slayings.
He apparently killed totally at random, with all his victims unknown to him. He was fairly meticulous in his planning and claimed his criminal activities had gone on for years.
He travelled through Vermont on his way to see relatives in Maine and apparently felt the urge to kill a couple in their home. He scouted for home with attached garage, no dogs, no children with a standard layout so he could predict the location of the bedroom.
Throughout the years and who knows how many killings, he maintained his own handyman business and was respected for his work by those who hired him. In his words, "I am two different people."
One of those people was pure evil.
And he walked among us.