American Predator by Maureen Callahan
Penguin Random House: 7/2/19
eBook review copy; 304 pages
American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan is the very highly recommended account of the serial killer Israel Keyes.
This is one truly frightening examination of a serial killer. "...
one of the most ambitious and terrifying serial killers in modern
history. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a
prosecutor as "a force of pure evil," Keyes 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. Over the
course of fourteen years, Keyes 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 to Alaska,
resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his
only daughter." That description alone should give everyone pause, but
reading about what he did and what he is suspected of doing is even more
In 2012 eighteen-year-old
Samantha Koenig was abducted from the Anchorage, Alaska, coffee kiosk
where she worked. The multi-jurisdictional
investigation resulted in Keyes being arrested in Texas. If he hadn't
made a few mistakes, Keyes would still likely be randomly finding new
victims today. Journalist Maureen Callahan follows closely the
investigation by law enforcement officials, and includes information
from classified FBI files, the questioning of him, interviews with
officials, his psychological profile, and research into Keyes' life.
Although he never confessed to all his victims, he is believed to have
killed at least eleven people. This is a scary but compelling
comprehensive account of a modern day serial killer.
American Predator is a fascinating but horrific exploration of
the life of a modern day serial killer which should be on the reading
list of everyone who reads true crime books.
My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.