Audio: Alaska serial killer captured in E. Texas wanted execution date

Cpl. Bryan Henry takes Israel Keyes into custody.
Cpl. Bryan Henry takes Israel Keyes into custody.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Before he was charged in the slaying of a young barista, Israel Keyes bluntly told authorities in Alaska he would talk about other victims, but only on his terms.

Among his demands: He wanted an execution date, not to languish in a maximum security prison.

Keyes says in recorded interviews with authorities last year there wasn't a jury in the nation that would "not vote for the death penalty."

ABC News reports that Keyes was willing to give information on other victims of his if he could get a cigar in exchange.

Authorities agreed, leading to the confession of the killing of a Vermont couple.

Keyes committed suicide in his jail cell in December as he awaited trial in the death of Samantha Koenig, who was abducted February 2012 from the Anchorage coffee stand where she worked. Keyes confessed to killing at least seven others, including Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt.

Audio tapes were released after the Alaska Dispatch asked the court to unseal them.

Keyes was arrested in February 2012 in Lufkin near the Cotton Patch Cafe on U.S. Highway 59. He would frequently visit his relatives in Cherokee County. A Wells pastor gave the sermon at Keyes' funeral.

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