|Israel Keyes being interrogated|
And the case has also attracted the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center, according to Salon Magazine. According to Salon, Keyes was born in Utah to Mormon parents who purchased rural property in Stevens County, Washington near the U.S.-Canadian border, when he was a child. But while living in Stevens County, Keyes became exposed to Christian Identity theology, considered racist and anti-Semitic by the establishment.
They disclose that Keyes was a childhood friend and neighbor of two brothers, Chevie and Cheyne Kehoe, who are now serving lengthy prison sentences for murder and attempted murder. The kids in both families were home-schooled and they sometimes attended a Christian Identity church once called The Ark but now called Our Place Fellowship, just up the road from their homes. The Ark is pastored by 83-year-old Pastor Dan Henry, a Christian Identist who preaches that white people are the superior, chosen race and that the Bible is their story. DSCI adherents generally believe that modern-day Jews are not the real descendants of the Hebrews of the Bible, and many say that Jews are biologically descended from Satan through a physical union between Satan and Eve. Those unfamiliar with DSCI can read the "five-minute tour" on the Christian Nationalist Forum, maintained by Pastor Martin Lindstedt.
In response to a query by the SPLC, Pastor Henry acknowledged that Keyes could have attended services their, but could not remember him specifically. Henry said his church, which he founded in 1975 after moving from Nevada, doesn’t keep a membership roster. However, an examination of the Our Place fellowship website reveals that they may espouse British Israelism rather than Dual Seedline theology, so it's mystifying as to why the SPLC would want to immediately play the Dual Seedline card. That is, unless you're familiar with the SPLC's tactics, in which case the mystery becomes instantly resolved. $$$$$$$$$
Certainly, nothing in Israel Keyes' behavior would link him to DSCI. His three known victims, Samantha Koenig and a Vermont couple, Vermont couple, Bill and Lorraine Currier. All three are White, as is Keyes, which would not square with someone responsive to DSCI. Keyes confessed to five other murders before his suicide, but the victims have not been identified. It seems like the SPLC has seen an opportunity to stir up more hatred against Christian Identists.
The Anchorage Daily News published an FBI statement which gives an absolutely chilling account of how the psychopathic Keyes targeted, kidnapped, raped and murdered Samantha Koenig on February 1st, 2012. After killing her in a shed at his home in Anchorage, he then left her body there while he took a trip to New Orleans. Upon his return on February 17th, he dismembered Koenig's body, then cut a hole in the ice at Matanuska Lake just 40 miles north of Anchorage and stuffed her remains through the ice; the body was not recovered until April 2nd. Keyes was apprehended in Lufkin, Texas on a related charge on March 13th.
Those who are interested in the details of the Israel Keyes case can read this series of posts on Alaska Pride.