American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century

American Predator The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the st Century A gripping tour de force of investigative journalism that takes us deep into the investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history and into the

  • Title: American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
  • Author: Maureen Callahan
  • ISBN: 052542864X
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A gripping tour de force of investigative journalism that takes us deep into the investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history, and into the ranks of a singular American police force the Alaska PDMost of us have never heard of Israel Keyes But he is one of the most ambitious, meticulous serial killers of modern t A gripping tour de force of investigative journalism that takes us deep into the investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history, and into the ranks of a singular American police force the Alaska PDMost of us have never heard of Israel Keyes But he is one of the most ambitious, meticulous serial killers of modern time The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented Described by a prosecutor as a force of pure evil, he 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 and over the course of fourteen years, 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, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter.When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist A killer who left a path of monstrous, randomly committed crimes in his wake many of which remain unsolved to this day American Predator is the ambitious culmination of years of on the ground interviews with key figures in law enforcement and in Keyes s life, and research uncovered from classified FBI files Callahan takes us on a journey into the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer, and the limitations of traditional law enforcement, in one of America s most isolated environments Alaska when faced with a killer who defies all expectation and categorization Get A Copy Kindle Store 13.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 304 pages Published July 2nd 2019 by Viking More Details ISBN 052542864X ISBN13 9780525428640 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about American Predator, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Chapter 20 Hazelwood s decades of service had left him with a cynical view of the FBI s truthfulness in general Is 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LanguagesEnglish 444 Portugu s 1 More filters Sort order Jul 19, 2019 JanB rated it really liked it Shelves audiobook, 2019 reads, buddy read with marialyce Billed as the most terrifying serial killer you ve never heard of, I first heard of Israel Keyes on the podcast Crime Junkie The why, where, and how he was caught, and the hours of interrogation by investigators, make up the bulk of this fascinating book.Despite multiple blunders by the police, Keyes was arrested for the kidnapping of a teenage girl as the result of a fortuitous traffic stop Unfortunately, she had been murdered and they soon discovered they had a serial murderer on their hands Billed as the most terrifying serial killer you ve never heard of, I first heard of Israel Keyes on the podcast Crime Junkie The why, where, and how he was caught, and the hours of interrogation by investigators, make up the bulk of this fascinating book.Despite multiple blunders by the police, Keyes was arrested for the kidnapping of a teenage girl as the result of a fortuitous traffic stop Unfortunately, she had been murdered and they soon discovered they had a serial murderer on their hands whose victims numbered in the double digits Details emerged that made him an aberration among serial killers Although he d been killing for decades, he didn t fit the MO of a typical serial murderer, nor did he have a type He avoided detection through meticulous planning and traveling off the grid Meanwhile, Keyes maintained a normal family and work life, which is the most frightening fact of all Truly the stuff of nightmares His personal life and background were explored for clues to his psychological make up.Unfortunately, many of his secrets died with him and some case files are still closed to the public But the hope is the hours of investigation and interviews will help police and profilers understand and apprehend these killers.This is narrative non fiction at its best and was another fantastic buddy read with my friend Marialyce, which inspired a great discussion We both highly recommend this book as one of the better books in the genre For our duo review of this and other books please visit flag 80 likesLike see review View all 47 comments Feb 25, 2019 Brandon rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc reviews, non fiction, 2019, ebook American Predator is the story of Alaskan serial killer Israel Keyes, his crimes and how he was captured.I was chatting with a friend when the subject of what I was currently reading came up I mentioned this book and I began thinking about why I m always drawn to true crime specifically serial killers mass murderers I certainly don t admire them nor do I particularly care why they do what they do Then I realized that I like to see how they inevitably slip up what is the tiny mistake they m American Predator is the story of Alaskan serial killer Israel Keyes, his crimes and how he was captured.I was chatting with a friend when the subject of what I was currently reading came up I mentioned this book and I began thinking about why I m always drawn to true crime specifically serial killers mass murderers I certainly don t admire them nor do I particularly care why they do what they do Then I realized that I like to see how they inevitably slip up what is the tiny mistake they make that lands them in prison American Predator is one of those books that spotlights just such a mistake In fact, it was a whole baker s dozen of mistakes.I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.In late 2012, writer Maureen Callahan penned an article for the NY Post about a recently deceased killer who for years, managed to fly under the radar of authorities, travelling across the United States taking the lives of complete strangers Shortly after the story s publication, Maureen felt there was a deeper story that needed to be told After years of investigative research, Callahan produces a comprehensive look at Israel Keyes.The book begins with what would be the downfall of Keyes, the kidnapping of Samantha Koenig a young woman in Anchorage, Alaska What follows is an unbelievable series of errors on the part of Keyes that somehow goes undetected by authorities it was almost like Keyes was hoping to be caught Once in police custody following a traffic stop in Texas, a series of interrogations and negotiations with Keyes will uncover his web of death cast over the entirety of the United States.Pieced together through hundreds of hours of interviews with those who worked the case as well as those close to Keyes himself, author Maureen Callahan tells the story of a meticulous murderer who somehow managed to go undetected for years As for how Keyes is portrayed, he comes off as a man doing an impression of a serial killer I don t mean to make light of the seriousness of his crimes, but he comes across as such a loser He sits there and quotes lines from Hannibal Lecter movies, idolises Ted Bundy and rubs himself through his pants while giving cryptic clues to a team of investigators desperate to uncover his many murders I m not saying I d prefer some sort of honorable slaughterer because such a thing doesn t exist it just seems fascinating to me how he managed to be so successful while coming off as such a total amateur.Subject s character aside, I thought Callahan did a great job producing a compelling account of a modern day murderer and his ability to operate so smoothly in a post 9 11 world American Predator is a solid read that should satisfy true crime aficionados looking for insight into a relatively unknown subject.Expected release date July 2, 2019 flag 44 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jul 30, 2019 Valerity Val rated it really liked it Shelves americana, murder mayhem, non fiction, history, serial killer s, alaska, 2019, true crime, own This book could really give you nightmares thinking about this man randomly traveling the US, with his buried kill kits all over ready for him when the mood struck Maureen Callahan does a great job introducing us to a frightening killer whose true scope will never be known There was apparently some attempts to cover up his story by the government for a while when they caught up to him This was during a period that they were trying to negotiate for information from him He did give up bodies This book could really give you nightmares thinking about this man randomly traveling the US, with his buried kill kits all over ready for him when the mood struck Maureen Callahan does a great job introducing us to a frightening killer whose true scope will never be known There was apparently some attempts to cover up his story by the government for a while when they caught up to him This was during a period that they were trying to negotiate for information from him He did give up bodies, but due to time passing, they were not recoverable This case is really one for the books, and he was just an anomaly, and that there aren t others like him wandering around out there But I think that would be naive wishful thinking now A must read for for true crime lovers.Also can be seen on my WordPress blog flag 39 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 17, 2019 Emily rated it it was amazing American Predator is by far one of the best true crime books I ve read It has a fascinating format it starts with Israel Keyes final victim and works backward It sounds like this could get sloppy, but Maureen Callahan weaves it together so well I sometimes have trouble reading true crime because of how dry it can be, but this book was addicting as hell and not dry at all The author tells a story, and doesn t just shout facts at you I loved it, and I highly recommend picking up this boo American Predator is by far one of the best true crime books I ve read It has a fascinating format it starts with Israel Keyes final victim and works backward It sounds like this could get sloppy, but Maureen Callahan weaves it together so well I sometimes have trouble reading true crime because of how dry it can be, but this book was addicting as hell and not dry at all The author tells a story, and doesn t just shout facts at you I loved it, and I highly recommend picking up this book if you need a new true crime book flag 28 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 12, 2019 Peter Monn rated it it was amazing One of the best true crime books I have ever read My full review will be up on my booktube channel at flag 28 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 19, 2019 Marialyce rated it really liked it Shelves edelweiss, nonfiction, jan mar, books of 2019 When choosing a book to read, Jan and I share curiosity into the psyche of people, especially those who seem to defy what it means to be human, to be empathetic, to be a functioning member of society For those who go against everything we think is normal human behavior, the psychopath, we look to find the motivations Like the author, Maureen Callahan, we want to know they why, the how could this have happened, and most importantly can we ever know people we think we do We chose American Preda When choosing a book to read, Jan and I share curiosity into the psyche of people, especially those who seem to defy what it means to be human, to be empathetic, to be a functioning member of society For those who go against everything we think is normal human behavior, the psychopath, we look to find the motivations Like the author, Maureen Callahan, we want to know they why, the how could this have happened, and most importantly can we ever know people we think we do We chose American Predator as a book to share Open your trembling flower, or your petals I ll crush, I, for one, had never heard of Israel Keyes and yet reading this true crime book, I came away wondering why He was able to commit crimes in a manner that was brazen and yet as he traveled seeking victims, no one seemed to connect him to any crimes He was a long term planner, depositing things such as duct tape, guns, shovels, and rope buried in various parts of the country waiting to be dug up and used when he needed it Keyes was a patient man and his thrill came not only in the death of his victims but also in the planning of their deaths His victims seemed to be random, bad time bad place, and he would grab his victims in a cool calculated manner rape and kill the people at times dismembering them and walk away Where will you go, you clever little worm, if you bleed your host dry His success if you want to call it that was achieved through traveling and it was his trek through state after state that perhaps was the key to his depravity There was many connections that the FBI was able to make, but unfortunately, they could never prove for Keyes played a cat and mouse game with the authorities pursuing his self worth in that he considered himself smarter than all others You may have been free, you loved living your lie, fate had its own scheme crushed like a bug you still die He was ultimately caught when it was found that he killed, raped, and dismembered a girl working at a coffee stand in Alaska He confessed readily but then lead the authorities on a chase to find other victims of this psychopath Unfortunately, Keyes committed suicide before revealing the location and names of what is believed to be his countless other victims Absolutely, this was a bone chilling story that makes one really realize that you really don t know who it is that stands next to you Land of the free, land of the lie, land of the scheme, Americanize Thank you to Maureen Callahan, Viking Books and Edelweiss for a copy of this most frightening book.To see our duo reviews and some additional information you can go here flag 23 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Aug 07, 2019 Johann jobis89 rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites WOW I ve got a new favourite true crime book to add to the list Absolutely terrifying, yet I couldn t stop reading Full review to come flag 22 likesLike see review May 13, 2019 Stephanie rated it it was amazing True crime has been a guilty pleasure of mine for at least 30 years I remember working in a public library and happily discovering the 364.1523 shelves where even today I still browse, although TBH public library budgets often prevent a lot of trashy ephemeral reading material from making it to the shelves These days, true crime has become a pop culture THING, and there s no shortage of readily available books, movies, and podcasts dedicated to what used to be very much a niche market I was True crime has been a guilty pleasure of mine for at least 30 years I remember working in a public library and happily discovering the 364.1523 shelves where even today I still browse, although TBH public library budgets often prevent a lot of trashy ephemeral reading material from making it to the shelves These days, true crime has become a pop culture THING, and there s no shortage of readily available books, movies, and podcasts dedicated to what used to be very much a niche market I was very happy to receive an ARC of American Predator by Maureen Callahan from Penguin Group Viking and NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.The blurb for this book says most of us have never heard of Israel Keyes But he is one of the most ambitious, meticulous serial killers of modern time Possibly coincidence, but I felt like I was WAY familiar with the crimes this unspeakably evil man committed than I might like, because very recently I had listened to two podcasts covering Keyes and his exploits Generation Why and Crime Junkie I totally recommend Crime Junkie Host Ashley Flowers does actual research, has an excellent presentation style, and adds relevant material including photos on her website and, knowing this book was likely to invade my dreams which it did , I dove right in BTW, I don t reveal spoilers for fiction but true crime info is already out there, so there may be some facts revealed here Keyes lived and died in Alaska, where the book s opening disappearance of teenage barista Samantha Koenig from her night shift work at a coffee kiosk sets off a hunt for her abductor that results in Keyes capture in Texas Callahan writes well, and I loved her description of the Alaskan setting Never does this place feel so literally on the edge of the Earth, seesawing between the temporal world and some black chasm of the unknown phenomena, as the six months it sinks into near total darkness The isolation alone means anything goes It is a rough place to be a woman The book has extensive detail about the investigation and interrogation of Keyes, and reveals the incredibly serendipitous nature of his arrest What set him apart from many criminals was his incredible planning, including scouting out locations for future crimes and burying a kit including things like weapons, duct tape, cable ties, gloves, etc which he could return sometimes years later and dig up to have ready to go This allowed him to fly in to a town previously scouted, commit his crimes and vanish without a trace.Although there were a few awkward sentences Keyes was wrong to think a burner phone can t be tracked but right about that About WHAT , the writing is good This isn t some quickie exploitative TC book, dashed off to cash in on a currently popular topic Ms Callahan s years of experience as a writer and editor for the New York Post with a focus on popular culture is perhaps part of why she can cover a grisly topic and present it in a way that will likely appeal to a general audience.The story is unsettling, partly because there were so many ways the agencies fighting over who got credit and who got to take the lead on investigating prosecuting totally screwed things up It s kind of a miracle he was in jail, and that he confessed to several crimes but it seems there were countless other incidents he was involved in, and we will never know the extent of his crimes It s also unsettling to think he lived with his daughter and girlfriend, committed grisly murder literally in his own backyard, and his friends, family and neighbors had NO CLUE that he was basically two people His MO included the burial of his kill kits noted above cash, weapons, and body disposal tools in remote locations across the country Seriously, how creepy is it that over the span of fourteen years, he would repeatedly fly to a random city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use those kits He would break into the house of a complete stranger, sometimes abducting victims in broad daylight, kill and dispose of them in a few hours, then calmly return home and resume his other persona as a reliable construction worker who was lovingly devoted to his young daughter As Ashley Flowers co host Brit would say, Full Body Chills To this day, so much of his activity remains a total mystery Pretty much all we know of his exploits is what he chose to reveal during his interrogation, and that only happened due to a fluke traffic stop in Texas It s also odd that forty five thousand pages of case files remain unreleased by the Department of Justice, and that the circumstances of his death are so clouded in mystery where did he get razor blades, and why did the guards not notice the blood flowing out of his cell the night he died For true crime fans in general and anyone interested in Israel Keyes in particular, five stars flag 17 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 27, 2019 Eric rated it really liked it American Predator by Maureen Callahan details the investigation and capture regarding serial killer Israel Keyes Keyes was a one man criminal enterprise who committed burglaries, arsons, sexual assaults, thefts and murders all across the USA until his capture in 2012 The book starts out slow, but quickly picks up speed and hits all the right notes of above average high tier true crime books As with many tales detailing complex and broad criminal investigations, Callahan aptly describes the su American Predator by Maureen Callahan details the investigation and capture regarding serial killer Israel Keyes Keyes was a one man criminal enterprise who committed burglaries, arsons, sexual assaults, thefts and murders all across the USA until his capture in 2012 The book starts out slow, but quickly picks up speed and hits all the right notes of above average high tier true crime books As with many tales detailing complex and broad criminal investigations, Callahan aptly describes the successes and failures of the pursuit of Keyes One disturbing aspect of an offender such as Keyes is how the mobility of an offender greatly adds to the difficulty of capture American Predator is highly recommended for those that enjoy true crime books and police procedurals flag 13 likesLike see review Aug 14, 2019 Tracy Frenette rated it liked it Shelves botm American Predator by Maureen Callaghan This was a biography, true crime story about the serial killer Israel Keyes from Alaska So this was the first time I read a true crime story and I made sure to pick one that was highly recommended I guess they are just not my cup of tea I m mean it was an interesting story but I found myself bored and couldn t wait for it to be over It just dragged on and on With that being said I m giving this one 3 5 because it was well written release date Jul American Predator by Maureen Callaghan This was a biography, true crime story about the serial killer Israel Keyes from Alaska So this was the first time I read a true crime story and I made sure to pick one that was highly recommended I guess they are just not my cup of tea I m mean it was an interesting story but I found myself bored and couldn t wait for it to be over It just dragged on and on With that being said I m giving this one 3 5 because it was well written release date July 2, 2019 flag 14 likesLike see review Jul 24, 2019 Kris My Novelesque Life rated it liked it Shelves nonfiction, police, true crime, crime, mystery, alaska, library book borrowed, fbi, america RATING 3 STARSI first heard about this case on 48 Hours or Dateline and it blew me away Just when you think you have seen it all with serial killers, then there comes the arrest of Israel Keyes No law enforcement agency was aware of this serial killer Meaning that they had not connected Keyes victims to one predator There was no looking for him Often his murders weren t even discovered We know of three murdered victims, and one only because Keyes confessed Keyes made a mistake in kidnap RATING 3 STARSI first heard about this case on 48 Hours or Dateline and it blew me away Just when you think you have seen it all with serial killers, then there comes the arrest of Israel Keyes No law enforcement agency was aware of this serial killer Meaning that they had not connected Keyes victims to one predator There was no looking for him Often his murders weren t even discovered We know of three murdered victims, and one only because Keyes confessed Keyes made a mistake in kidnapping, asking for ransom and then murdering Samatha Koeing Once he was arrested, and his house searched, Keyes decided to confess He was smart in that he confessed to what the police could easily pin on him, evidence wise He was a rare serial killer in that he didn t need to be in the spotlight and take credit for his victims He didn t taunt the police or read out to the press He killed because he liked it and felt he needed to He was cold, but also very meticulous Had he not made errors with Koeing, he might still be out there stalking anyone in America And, the worst part is the bodies would never be found Keyes would die by his own hand and take all his secrets with him The F.B.I continues to sift through to discover any evidence that could lead to them to the victims It s not just pinning or finding the number of victims, but bringing the victims home to loved ones and giving everyone peace A few months ago I listened to the true crime podcast True Crime Bullshit which is entirely on Israel Keyes It looks at Keyes but all the possible victims as well They play tapes of the interrogations confessions between Keyes and various law enforcement agencies I enjoyed the well researched and produced podcast, but it also let me a bit rattle and terrified.I was excited to see a book on this case so I put a hold at the library and was first in line The first two chapters were great and then, for me, I found myself not getting into the writing This has nothing to do with Callahan s writing, but my own expectations True Crime Bullshit just had so much information that this book felt like a brief summary to the case It was hard to get a sense of Keyes, and his swarmy smugness and cold dead fell flat If you are into true crime, and don t know this case, start with this book If you have heard of this case and know a fair amount, I would skip it and listen to the podcast.My Novelesque Blog flag 17 likesLike see review Jun 12, 2019 Cassie Traveling Sister rated it really liked it True crime is a topic that has always interested me What goes on in someone s mind that causes them to perform such brutal crimes American Predator was exactly the book for me and I found myself wondering how is it that I have never heard of the serial killer Israel Keyes Israel Keyes a seemingly normal guy living in anchorage Alaska who was a construction worker and no one suspected him being pure evil How did this man get away with murder well let me explain This man would fly to a city r True crime is a topic that has always interested me What goes on in someone s mind that causes them to perform such brutal crimes American Predator was exactly the book for me and I found myself wondering how is it that I have never heard of the serial killer Israel Keyes Israel Keyes a seemingly normal guy living in anchorage Alaska who was a construction worker and no one suspected him being pure evil How did this man get away with murder well let me explain This man would fly to a city rent a car and drive thousands of miles to bury his kill kits this is what set him apart from other killers He did a ton of advance planning His kill kits included weapons, duct tape, cable ties gloves and so much When he buries these kill kits sometimes he wouldn t return for them for years, he would dig them up and have his way with whomever What scares me is that most of his victims will never be found due to Israel never leaving evidence The book begins with the disappearance of Samantha from a coffee kiosk My heart was breaking for her father who told the police she would never just take off This man was a creepy mastermind with his kill kits buried all over the country, and his crimes which didn t matter who the victim were , as long as his little plan in his head worked out The author did an amazing job taking you on the journey of finally capturing this murder This did not feel like a true crime book but a thriller It just shows you sometimes you never know the person next you and real life can be scarier than fiction flag 10 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 21, 2019 Jeanette rated it really liked it This is a most difficult read For me, the first 50 to 70 pages was so dense with titles and layers of policing and Anchorage Alaska knowns that I found myself rereading At times, entire sections of at least 2 pages Many moving parts, and in a place where nearly all are at times independent , wily, and unstructured enough to only tell the parts of the story or the eye witness notice that they WANT to tell Not what they need to tell in order to do their jobs, and quickly enough to get a p This is a most difficult read For me, the first 50 to 70 pages was so dense with titles and layers of policing and Anchorage Alaska knowns that I found myself rereading At times, entire sections of at least 2 pages Many moving parts, and in a place where nearly all are at times independent , wily, and unstructured enough to only tell the parts of the story or the eye witness notice that they WANT to tell Not what they need to tell in order to do their jobs, and quickly enough to get a positive result It s Anchorage population being what it is and most of the people not born there the cultural nuances are at points difficult Not only for investigation, but for awareness of habits It s not lower 48 hierarchy for authority in the same sense either, IMHO That s something you need to consider when you ponder the book as a whole too Because many pages are given to policing levels of, at times, huge disagreement for both procedure and later in inquiry At one point having skirted a huge botch of access to obtaining confessional body locations etc For some reason beyond my comprehension they had to have a Federal White Collar Crime worker with high power stats head up the asking because Israel used a victim s debit card As if that was the crime information needed IMMEDIATELY Because he has a higher national pecking order, although untrained for the arena he s in But this book, and in numerous points than others I have read with twice the length in doing so , gives a critical cover all to the reality of for this kind of random access roaming serial killer pattern, habit, existence The how, the why, the when, and how it progresses If it is born or bred there s some excellent tangent study of acquired research here, as well No definitive answers but the correct questions, for sure Most non fiction in this genre of this caliber spends 1 2 the book on trials, after fact states etc Not here, this is cored on the search And there are no photographs I m wondering if there is an Alaskan law glitch there too This one has a most interesting and I think, better form than most dire strait tales as this man s atrocities It starts with one missing 18 year old from Anchorage and proceeds to where that leads And then mid book the biography of Israel is told and most of it is comes from his own mouth Not all There are some ex wife, girl friend, mother, neighbor, intended but escaped victims in there too He absolutely was, as he states, two people And for 14 years, at least, not a one of them knew about the man with the kit Or recognized in Israel any semblance of such.You ll need a thick skin and strong stomach for parts of this And I won t tell you the ending Where, how, when None of it.It s absolutely a reality that a human who does not break the standard laws finance, drug or liquor, or theft, or property or assault of any kind and does not earn a crime sheet record that same human can travel and if extremely smart and careful commit horrendous and horrific murder with near perfect invisibility Even in this DNA, forensics minutia era Cell phones, tracking, tech paths all can be under the radar if not local or connected to a known name.Israel Keyes flag 9 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 02, 2019 Karen Wright rated it it was ok This book does nothing but show how a serial killer is glorified in what he did, by highlighting his crimes and letting us know how his sick mind worked The book is confusing from the start as it begins at the end Then the author digs up old transcripts with the killer s own words and demonstrates how he manipulated law enforcement over and over again It also shines a light on the ineptness of the FBI and law enforcement in handling cases like these because some of the individuals want the gl This book does nothing but show how a serial killer is glorified in what he did, by highlighting his crimes and letting us know how his sick mind worked The book is confusing from the start as it begins at the end Then the author digs up old transcripts with the killer s own words and demonstrates how he manipulated law enforcement over and over again It also shines a light on the ineptness of the FBI and law enforcement in handling cases like these because some of the individuals want the glory for handling the case and perhaps being the one to solve it The I read, the angrier I became at myself that I was reading about this worthless human being whose sorry life is documented and showcased in a book He got just what he wanted attention and his 15 minutes of fame This book was solidly annoying My cousin was killed by serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, who is suspected of at least 13 killings Maybe this has jaded my ability to be objective in my assessment He was another creep who got away with murder and wasn t charged for most of the heartache he created as he terrorized the nation flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 17, 2019 Julie A Girl and a Book rated it it was amazing Shelves truecrime 4.5 I think if you enjoyed I ll Be Gone in the Dark or the TV show Mindhunter, you will really enjoy this I had never heard of this serial killer before but manhe was one evil dude flag 6 likesLike see review Jul 06, 2019 Bonnie Brody rated it really liked it I finished this book last night and remained in a state of terror for a few hours I made sure all my doors were locked, my security alarm was on, and the outside lights to the house were off True crime books occasionally interest me but I was very anxious to read this one because I d lived in Alaska for over 40 years and had never heard of Israel Keyes How could this be possible, given the extent and magnitude of his crimes Maureen Callahan does an excellent job of analyzing this case, from I finished this book last night and remained in a state of terror for a few hours I made sure all my doors were locked, my security alarm was on, and the outside lights to the house were off True crime books occasionally interest me but I was very anxious to read this one because I d lived in Alaska for over 40 years and had never heard of Israel Keyes How could this be possible, given the extent and magnitude of his crimes Maureen Callahan does an excellent job of analyzing this case, from the 2012 Anchorage kidnapping of Samantha Koenig, at which time the FBI, Department of Justice, and Anchorage Police Department first became aware of Keyes existence, through the multiple years, locations and crimes that Keyes was involved with She explores the politics of the case and the fight for control of Keyes interviews She has a good handle on Alaskan in fighting cover your ass, leave no paperwork, and don t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing Basically, she understands the power structure in Alaska and how that led to multiple mess ups and mis steps as the investigation progressed from the belief that Keyes was responsible for one kidnapping and murder to the realization that he had preyed on, and killed, others throughout the United States over multiple years Keyes was a serial killer, the likes of which Alaska had never had before.Israel Keyes had been kidnapping and killing for decades before he was caught in Texas for the kidnapping and murder of Samantha Koenig Not a lot is known about his personal history but he exhibited two well established early indicators of psychopathy sadism toward animals and arson He came from a family that lived off the grid and, for at least a while, were part of a white supremacy cult in Idaho He was one of 9 siblings and expected to help his father and mother with their work There was no television, internet, magazines, or indicators of the modern world in his home when Keyes was growing up He was home schooled by his mother and his parents were nomadic religious hippies who would join various cults and then move the family from location to location Each child in the Keyes family was born at home with no birth certificate ever attained Israel s parents didn t believe in doctors or hospitals so all ailments, big or small, were dealt with homeopathically at home.The FBI and the Anchorage Police Department became aware, shortly after picking Keyes up and interviewing him, that he was a serial killer, and a very meticulous one who left no evidence behind He admitted to killing people at multiple locations around the U.S Issues such as whether serial killers are born that way or made into monsters, are explored While no exact proof of what creates them is provided, it is agreed that they are evil Not all psychopaths are serial killers but all serial killers are psychopaths Keyes loved hurting people and animals from an early age and derived sexual pleasure from going to extremes with each kill.The author, Maureen Callahan, has done a meticulous job exploring the case of Israel Keyes, and of acknowledging that some of the evidence against him has yet to be released Why this is, is unknown I had to have a strong stomach to read this book but I give Ms Callahan credit Despite there being multiple people involved with this case, she was able to create individual personalities and unique characters for each one Perhaps Keyes is the protagonist of this book but Alaska, The Last Frontier , has its own place on the walkway of stars and I believe that Ms Callahan has captured the spirit of individualism, libertarianism, and uniqueness of Alaska s spirit and people flag 7 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 17, 2019 Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it really liked it Shelves arc I used to scour the internet to read about all the killers out there Kids, women, partners, serial it didn t matter if it was true crime, I was reading about it I can t imagine the hours I put into all of this FASCINATING There s no looking past the fact that these people are diabolical and mostly geniuses Put into this, the wrong law enforcement person put in charge of interviewing them and all kinds of things can go haywire As manipulative as these killers are, they surely know thei I used to scour the internet to read about all the killers out there Kids, women, partners, serial it didn t matter if it was true crime, I was reading about it I can t imagine the hours I put into all of this FASCINATING There s no looking past the fact that these people are diabolical and mostly geniuses Put into this, the wrong law enforcement person put in charge of interviewing them and all kinds of things can go haywire As manipulative as these killers are, they surely know their way around their words and feeding off the body language and words of the people surrounding them.How did I never hear of Israel Keyes I m baffled that I hadn t heard of him until now Reading about what he did to his victims was crazy Pure, absolute bat shit This book definitely doesn t read as dry as some true crime books can Although it did lull in some areas for me, the story behind Keyes and his random victims was still as utterly fascinating as others I have read if not I even looked up pictures on the internet and WOAH You guys if you get the chance, and true crime speaks to you, then definitely make sure to do this before, during or after this read Or all three A definite must read for true crime lovers flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 03, 2019 Andy Klein rated it it was ok Shelves non fiction, crime At times interesting and often disturbing, the book, in the end, was a disappointment It had very little to do with the hunt for Keyes, and had much to do with snippets of interviews of the man when in custody I also found the hit job on the AUSA Kevin Feldis to be uncalled for It s obvious that he did not consent to he interviewed, so the author painted him in a terrible light based on interviews she did with the lead investigators who were miffed that he involved himself in the interro At times interesting and often disturbing, the book, in the end, was a disappointment It had very little to do with the hunt for Keyes, and had much to do with snippets of interviews of the man when in custody I also found the hit job on the AUSA Kevin Feldis to be uncalled for It s obvious that he did not consent to he interviewed, so the author painted him in a terrible light based on interviews she did with the lead investigators who were miffed that he involved himself in the interrogations Shockingly, the author succeeded in making a prosecutor seem less likable than a monstrous murderer And, by the way, for all of his alleged ineptitude, Feldis got all of the key details of the AK crime from Keyes during his first interview, whereas the crack interrogators got details on one or two additional murders from Keyes over the next 6 months of interrogations flag 6 likesLike see review Jul 02, 2019 Karen Abbott rated it it was amazing Impeccably researched, gripping, chilling I couldn t put it down and didn t sleep for days flag 6 likesLike see review May 25, 2019 Glenda rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways 4.5 starsBundy and Bianchi really can t hold a candle to this one.American Predator looks into the crimes of a somewhat unknown modern day serial killer named Israel Keyes The author draws on interviews and legal recordings to paint a picture of a true sociopath While there is not the drawn out background and legalese type writing that authors like Ann Rule are known for, I give kudos to author Maureen Callahan for writing an honest narrative with the information she was given and letting us 4.5 starsBundy and Bianchi really can t hold a candle to this one.American Predator looks into the crimes of a somewhat unknown modern day serial killer named Israel Keyes The author draws on interviews and legal recordings to paint a picture of a true sociopath While there is not the drawn out background and legalese type writing that authors like Ann Rule are known for, I give kudos to author Maureen Callahan for writing an honest narrative with the information she was given and letting us know what info she was not given, which I find very interesting I remember hearing about Israel Keyes after his death There seemed to be have been several people in my small mountain town who knew him or remembered some creepy dude who fit the description Was it really him Who knows It wouldn t surprise me if he was involved in the deaths of a mom and daughter on a hiking trail in the Cascades, nor would it surprise me if he was hanging out at my favorite dive bar outside Mt Rainier What I appreciated about this book is that there was no speculation, unlike local lore The author did her due diligence and wrote an interesting and informative story I just wish she could have had access to documents to make this a truly awesome read A huge thank you to Viking for an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 11, 2019 Steve Tannuzzo rated it really liked it How can a serial killer operate for years without law enforcement tracking him down If you re Israel Keyes, you plan your murders well in advance You bury murder kits around the country to use when you finally decide it s time You fly to one location and then drive out of state to kill You take cruises to throw police off the scent This is probably the best true crime book I ve read since I ll Be Gone in the Dark Author journalist Maureen Callahan avoids the goriest details though not a How can a serial killer operate for years without law enforcement tracking him down If you re Israel Keyes, you plan your murders well in advance You bury murder kits around the country to use when you finally decide it s time You fly to one location and then drive out of state to kill You take cruises to throw police off the scent This is probably the best true crime book I ve read since I ll Be Gone in the Dark Author journalist Maureen Callahan avoids the goriest details though not all, given the subject matter by focusing on Keyes background and meticulous methods American Predator is a fascinating, dark and compelling read for true crime enthusiasts flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 12, 2019 Shannon Kirk rated it it was amazing Just go get this book and read it I have read a lot of true crime novels and I honestly can say, this one is the most meticulously constructed and gripping Read in one day and skipped meals, that gripping That well done Last year I raved and raved about John Carreyrou s amazing Bad Blood And this year I am going to rave and rave and rave about American Predator Just read it Trust me flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 28, 2019 Amy Bruno rated it it was amazing Fascinating, horrific, and well written Full review to come flag 4 likesLike see review May 28, 2019 Shira Selkovits rated it it was amazing One of the best true crime novels I ve ever read Israel Keyes is an absolute mad man and yet he s sane His completely random and unrelated acts of evil are incredibly terrifying and had me sleeping with the lights on while reading This is right up there with I ll Be Gone in the Dark as far as true crime goes, definitely do not miss if you like this genre Definitely some horrific triggers in here rape, murder, dismemberment, etc flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 02, 2019 Kal Reader Voracious rated it it was amazing Recommended to Kal Reader Voracious by Jess FictionNoChaser Shelves e arc, true crime, non fiction I devoured this book in one disturbing sitting The writing is gripping and captivating, drawing me in from the author s note at the beginning of the book I don t read a lot of true crime, but I grew up watching Unsolved Mysteries, CSI, and Criminal Minds, so when my friend Jess Fiction No Chaser screamed to me about this one, I had to read it myself The subject of this book was unlike anything the FBI had ever encountered He was a new kind of monster, likely responsible for the greatest I devoured this book in one disturbing sitting The writing is gripping and captivating, drawing me in from the author s note at the beginning of the book I don t read a lot of true crime, but I grew up watching Unsolved Mysteries, CSI, and Criminal Minds, so when my friend Jess Fiction No Chaser screamed to me about this one, I had to read it myself The subject of this book was unlike anything the FBI had ever encountered He was a new kind of monster, likely responsible for the greatest string of unsolved disappearances and murders in modern history And you have probably never heard of him At the risk of sounding morbid, I know a lot about serial killers and was surprised that I had never heard of this guy The book is very well researched and is based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the investigators involved I don t read a lot of true crime so I am not sure if this is typical of the genre, but American Predator reads like an episode of Criminal Minds it is an incredibly engaging read.The book begins with Israel Keyes last crime, Samantha s disappearance from the coffee hut that she worked in with people around and follows the search for her and who was responsible From the friction between local police and the FBI to a grandstanding prosecutor, it was really heartbreaking to read about the various missteps in the investigation Payne always likened the first meeting with a suspect to telling an author his own story And, of course, only the author knows how that story ends The second half of the book follows the countless interviews that investigators conducted with Keyes as it became clear that this wasn t his first crime The descriptions of his crimes are very detailed Massive content warnings for rape, murder, and dismemberment.If you are a fan of true crime, American Predator is a must read I knew I was reading nonfiction, but it almost feels like a thriller when reading it Callahan s writing is beautiful, descriptive, and past paced, sucking you in until the last page is turnedNTENT WARNINGS dismemberment, murder, rape eARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review Quotations are taken from an uncorrected proof and subject to change upon final publication.Blog Twitter Pinterest flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 05, 2019 Peacegal rated it really liked it This is one of the most chilling true crime books I ve encountered AMERICAN PREDATOR is the story of a new millennium serial killera heinous individual who stole lives methodically, despite living in the world of cell phones, the Internet, CCTV, and most baffling of all, DNA evidence He had no favorite kind of victim old and young, male and female, all walks of life were targeted And he ensured that we may never know the full extent of his crimes.Fans of well written crime accounts such a This is one of the most chilling true crime books I ve encountered AMERICAN PREDATOR is the story of a new millennium serial killera heinous individual who stole lives methodically, despite living in the world of cell phones, the Internet, CCTV, and most baffling of all, DNA evidence He had no favorite kind of victim old and young, male and female, all walks of life were targeted And he ensured that we may never know the full extent of his crimes.Fans of well written crime accounts such as I LL BE GONE IN THE DARK will appreciate PREDATOR I still prefer DARK, as it radiates a passion for justice and remembrance that I didn t feel as strongly in this one However, PREDATOR is another example of the intelligent and well written true crime accounts that are part of the renaissance of this book genre flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 15, 2019 Samantha rated it really liked it Shelves library books, 130books2019 This book really makes you consider people This dude, just out there murdering and no one had any idea He was an intelligent killer, he knew the best ways to manipulate weaknesses in law enforcement, and I ve never heard of himI guess what always pulls me in with serial killers, is just the lack of empathy The complete disregard for another human The feeling I have is, BUT HOW COULD YOU I couldn t imagine feeling that way, and the horror that this is something that happens, that serial This book really makes you consider people This dude, just out there murdering and no one had any idea He was an intelligent killer, he knew the best ways to manipulate weaknesses in law enforcement, and I ve never heard of himI guess what always pulls me in with serial killers, is just the lack of empathy The complete disregard for another human The feeling I have is, BUT HOW COULD YOU I couldn t imagine feeling that way, and the horror that this is something that happens, that serial killers really exist in society It just makes you truly consider who you can trust shivers I definitely have a case of the heebie jeebies flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 06, 2019 Kayla rated it it was amazing 4.5 stars flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 10, 2019 Casey rated it it was amazing Yikes, reading this book gave me the chills, and now that I have finished it, I still have the chills I heard of Israel Keyes and the horrible crimes he committed, but after reading a 276 page biography, I learned so much not that I am any happier now knowing these things It is nearly impossible for me to wrap my head around how there are disturbed people out in the world who are interested in, as well as have fun when, inflicting pain and fear on random strangers That is why they say Yikes, reading this book gave me the chills, and now that I have finished it, I still have the chills I heard of Israel Keyes and the horrible crimes he committed, but after reading a 276 page biography, I learned so much not that I am any happier now knowing these things It is nearly impossible for me to wrap my head around how there are disturbed people out in the world who are interested in, as well as have fun when, inflicting pain and fear on random strangers That is why they say, Ignorance is bliss, right Anyway, I highly recommend American Predator to anybody who is interested in learning about the serial killer Israel Keyes, his thought processes, and the way his case was handled by the FBI and government I rate American Predator 5 stars flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2019 Pattis Book Nook rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, some scary stuff, true crime THIS MAN WAS TERRIFYING I could not put this down Be prepared to feel disappointed, sickened, shocked, uplifted, and all the emotions about this cunning killer who operated for 14 years I ve never even heard his name mentioned in the news The research and pacing of the revelations was perfectly executed, and the information on FBI dive teams was fascinating as well I highly recommend for all true crime fans flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Obsessed with Tru American Predator 7 27 Jun 15, 2019 12 39PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Crime True Crime 315 users Nonfiction 222 users Mystery Crime 51 users History 20 users See top shelves About Maureen Callahan Maureen Callahan 41 followers Books by Maureen Callahan More Trivia About American Predator No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 994, 1208, 400, 69, 21 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors 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    1. Billed as the most terrifying serial killer you ve never heard of, I first heard of Israel Keyes on the podcast Crime Junkie The why, where, and how he was caught, and the hours of interrogation by investigators, make up the bulk of this fascinating book.Despite multiple blunders by the police, Keyes was arrested for the kidnapping of a teenage girl as the result of a fortuitous traffic stop Unfortunately, she had been murdered and they soon discovered they had a serial murderer on their hands B [...]


    2. American Predator is the story of Alaskan serial killer Israel Keyes, his crimes and how he was captured.I was chatting with a friend when the subject of what I was currently reading came up I mentioned this book and I began thinking about why I m always drawn to true crime specifically serial killers mass murderers I certainly don t admire them nor do I particularly care why they do what they do Then I realized that I like to see how they inevitably slip up what is the tiny mistake they m Ameri [...]


    3. This book could really give you nightmares thinking about this man randomly traveling the US, with his buried kill kits all over ready for him when the mood struck Maureen Callahan does a great job introducing us to a frightening killer whose true scope will never be known There was apparently some attempts to cover up his story by the government for a while when they caught up to him This was during a period that they were trying to negotiate for information from him He did give up bodies This [...]


    4. American Predator is by far one of the best true crime books I ve read It has a fascinating format it starts with Israel Keyes final victim and works backward It sounds like this could get sloppy, but Maureen Callahan weaves it together so well I sometimes have trouble reading true crime because of how dry it can be, but this book was addicting as hell and not dry at all The author tells a story, and doesn t just shout facts at you I loved it, and I highly recommend picking up this boo American [...]



    5. When choosing a book to read, Jan and I share curiosity into the psyche of people, especially those who seem to defy what it means to be human, to be empathetic, to be a functioning member of society For those who go against everything we think is normal human behavior, the psychopath, we look to find the motivations Like the author, Maureen Callahan, we want to know they why, the how could this have happened, and most importantly can we ever know people we think we do We chose American Preda Wh [...]


    6. WOW I ve got a new favourite true crime book to add to the list Absolutely terrifying, yet I couldn t stop reading Full review to come.


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