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American Predator 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.

10 thoughts on “American Predator

  1. says:

    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 m

  2. says:

    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 mi

  3. says:

    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 b

  4. says:

    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 Pr

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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 a

  7. says:

    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 A

  8. says:

    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 kid

  9. says:

    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 feedin

  10. says:

    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 per

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