Samantha Koenig, an 18-year-old lady, was reported missing on February 2, 2012. On the time, she’d been residing in Anchorage, Alaska. She was reported lacking by her father at roughly 1:00 PM that day, after she’d did not reappear after she’d locked up Widespread Grounds Espresso (the place the place she labored) round eight:00 PM the earlier night time. Her boyfriend had been planning to select her up after work that night time, however when he received there, Koenig was nowhere to be discovered.
When police checked surveillance footage from Widespread Grounds Espresso, it instantly turned apparent that Koenig had been kidnapped. The video exhibits Samantha ending her shift and shutting up for the night time, when an armed intruder breaks into the espresso store by climbing in by way of the window. The intruder, armed with a pistol, then forces Koenig to depart with him.
It was quickly seen that Samantha had recently tried to file for a protecting order in opposition to one among her ex-boyfriends. The ex-boyfriend and his household quickly turned the goal of a gentle stream of harassment and loss of life threats. The harassment escalated to such an extent that the household was finally pressured to depart Alaska and relocate to a different state.
Final identified picture of Samantha Koenig
However the FBI and different investigators had been extra eager about James Koenig, Samantha’s personal father. They had been satisfied that he knew greater than he was telling them, and so they additionally believed that he was the individual most probably answerable for his daughter’s disappearance. They seen that he had numerous associates with felony data; individuals who’d been to jail for promoting medication, armed robberies, and many others. They had been notably eager about rumors that James Koenig owed some huge cash to at the least one drug supplier.
James was shocked and horrified when he discovered that he was the first suspect with reference to his daughter’s disappearance. He stopped talking to investigators after that, which solely confirmed to investigators that he was concerned.
On February 17, 2012, police discovered a ransom word which they believed got here from Koenig’s abductor. The word demanded $30,00zero in money for Samantha’s protected return. It additionally contained of Koenig, elevating her household’s hopes that she might nonetheless be alive. At the very least, she seemed to be nonetheless alive within the .
Nonetheless, James Koenig remained the first suspect till March 9, 2012 when authorities had been alerted that somebody had used Samantha’s debit card to make a withdrawal from an ATM…..in Texas, over 2000 nmi away from the place Koenig had been kidnapped. This new info appeared to remove James and his associates as potential suspects.
A mysterious masked man makes use of Koenig’s debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM in Texas, distant from Alaska.
FBI brokers in Texas visited the ATM and checked the surveillance footage. The footage confirmed a person (whose face was hid by a masks) making a withdrawal. The person couldn’t be recognized, however his automotive was decided to be a white Ford Focus. Cops all through Texas were ordered to look out for a white Ford Focus. Just some days later, a patrol officer seen a white Ford Focus parked at a resort and peaked inside together with his flashlight. He seen a ski masks and different suspicious objects. The officer then returned to his automotive, and waited.
When the driving force returned to his automotive and drove off, the officer adopted and later pulled him over. When the driving force handed over his license, the officer seen it was an Alaska state issued driver’s license. The license recognized the driving force as Israel Keyes, a 34-year-old man who lived in Alaska.
The Focus was searched, and Samantha Koenig’s debit card was discovered inside, together with plenty of firearms. This confirmed that Israel was the one who’d kidnapped Samantha Koenig.
Israel was quickly shipped again to Alaska. A couple of days later, he confessed to abducting and killing Samantha Koenig. He stated she’d fought arduous to the bitter finish, and that she’d almost escaped at the least as soon as whereas she was with him. He revealed that he’d dismembered Koenig’s physique and submerged it in Matanuska Lake. A dive staff was dispatched to the lake, and Koenig’s physique was finally discovered.
Koenig’s dismembered physique was finally recovered by SCUBA divers.
Israel advised investigators that Koenig had truly been killed even earlier than the ransom photo was despatched. He’d truly sewn Koenig’s eyes open after killing her. He then utilized make-up to her face and did her hair to make it seem as if she was nonetheless alive. Oh, after which time from February 2 and February 17? He was on a cruise.
He’d truly deliberate out the murder so he’d go away for a cruise to Mexico the day after, giving himself the proper alibi. Then when he received again, he thawed out Koenig’s frozen physique with a hair-dryer, dolled her as much as seem alive, and despatched out the ransom word. A real psycho if there ever was one.
However Israel did have a softer facet, at the least for his family. Specifically, he didn’t need his daughter to study what he’d achieved to Samatha Koenig. He tried to work out an uncommon take care of the federal government; he would supply the FBI with particulars of his different murders if the federal government would comply with suppress the small print of his crimes AND assure him an execution by deadly injection by a sure date. He stated he most popular loss of life over life in jail, and he wished to be executed as quickly as attainable.
Nonetheless, Israel finally reduce out the middle-man and gave himself the loss of life penalty, committing suicide on December 2, 2012.
Israel claimed that he’d killed 11 folks in whole, together with Koenig. These claims stay unconfirmed. Nonetheless, some folks have made elaborate timelines evaluating Israel’s actions in opposition to lacking individual circumstances; and positive sufficient, wherever he goes folks appear to fade round him with alarming frequency. However on the identical time, it’s not possible to confirm which (if any) disappearances he’s truly answerable for.
The homicide of Samantha Koenig was lined by the podcast: True Crime Bullsh**.