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Alaska Serial Killer Keyes' Chilling Poetry
Newly-released blood-stained notes recovered from serial killer Israel Keyes' Alaskan prison cell contain chilling poetry about his victims and superficiality in American society.
But the rambling tracts found under the 34-year-old's body contain no specific details about his crimes, or the names of additional victims.
Keyes, suspected of murdering 18-year-old Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig and several other people across the US, slit his wrists and strangled himself with a bedsheet in jail in December.
His poetry refers to a person under his control, the person's obvious fear, and inevitable doom.
"You are my love at first sight, and though you're scared to be near me, my words penetrate your thought now in an intimate prelude," he wrote.
"Your face framed in dark curls like a portrait, the sun shone through highlights of red. What color I wonder, and how straight will it turn plastered back with the sweat of your blood.
"Your wet lips were a promise of a secret unspoken, nervous laugh as it burst like a pulse of blood from your throat. There will be no more laughter here."
The yellow legal pad was at first too bloody to read, so it was sent to an FBI laboratory in Virginia and restored.
Agents determined Keyes left behind no code or hidden message in his writings - but the first two pages make reference to his hatred for US consumerism.
"Land of the free, home of the lie, land of the scheme, Americanize! Consume what you don't need, stars you idolize, pursue what you adore it is a dream, then its American die," Keyes wrote.
Miss Koenig was abducted at gunpoint from a coffee stand last February, sparking a massive police hunt.
Keyes was arrested in March in Lufkin, Texas, after using her debit card. Her dismembered body was eventually fished out of an Alaskan lake.
Before he died - and before he could be tried - Keyes confessed to the killings of at least seven more people.
The FBI is working closely with state and local law enforcement agencies to identify other victims.