Israel Keyes was an Alaska-based serial killer who is believed to have slain up to 11 people nationwide from 2001 to 2012. He was arrested in Lufkin in March 2012 and committed suicide in an Anchorage, Alaska, jail in December 2012, at age 34.
He confessed to several killings, including the kidnapping, rape and murder of Samantha Koenig, 18, a barista in Anchorage.
At least one local sheriff hasn’t ruled him out in a double killing, even though the crime doesn’t track with the FBI’s timeline.
The bodies of Duane Arland Benson and his wife, Breanda Scheets Benson, were discovered in their rural home near Godley on Feb. 1, 2012 — the same day Keyes kidnapped Koenig in Alaska.
They had been shot.
Despite lacking evidence that Keyes was in Texas when the Bensons were killed, Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said investigators haven’t ruled out his involvement.
“We’re very familiar with him,” Alford said. “He is a person of interest to us. Whoever did this knew what they were doing. They surprised them.”
-- Bill Miller