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Devil in The Darkness: The True Story of Serial Killer Israel Keyes

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He was a hard-working small business owner, an Army veteran, an attentive lover, and a doting father. But he was also something more, something sinister. A master of deception, he was a rapist, arsonist, and bank robber, and a new breed of serial killer, one who studied other killers to perfect his craft. He methodically buried kill-kits containing his tools of murder year ...more
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published April 28th 2016 by RJ Parker Publishing
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Bookschatter Her mother, Tammie. Tammie and Israel had previously shared custody.

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♥ Marlene♥
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers


As some of you know I am a member of 2 true crime clubs on Facebook. One of them (My favourite) is True Crime keeping it Real. Anyway 2 days ago on my time lime there it showed a story about a girl Samantha Koenig who apparently had been abducted from a coffee stand where she was working as a barista. (I had never heard of the word barista and had to look it up)
So I clicked on the link and there was a video of her being abducted and it made me feel so sad. Probably it struck a chord because I ha
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Sherry Fundin
The lead detective, George Murtie has a varied and fascinating life story, but Israel Keyes, an Army veteran, loving husband and father, and small business owner turned serial killer is the star of the performance.

Information was cultivated from reports, videos, court documents, interviews, newspapers and Facebook postings..

We will be traveling from Vermont to Alaska, with some stops in between.

Samantha Koenig…bad luck and what ifs would plague me if I were her loving father. Israel Keyes didn’t
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Elena
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This book doesn't really add anything to the newer book by Maureen Callahan: American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century, which is better written, much better researched, less sensationalizing, and all around a better read. Don't bother with this book. Read Callahan's instead.
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Bettye McKee
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime-books
He had everyone fooled

Israel Keyes was a highly organized, intelligent, meticulous and depraved serial killer who lived in Anchorage, Alaska. He was a meticulous planner and hid "kill kits" in various locations, sometimes years before he intended to use them.

Keyes went to great lengths to ensure that his crimes were random, anonymous, and had no links to him. For instance, he flew from Anchorage to Chicago, rented a car and drove to Vermont where he murdered two strangers, then drove to Indiana
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Bookschatter
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Devil In The Darkness is the third True Crime work published by J.T. Hunter, who has extensive experience in criminal law, investigative techniques, and "is also a college professor in Florida where his teaching interests focus on the intersection of criminal psychology, law, and literature". This is the second book I have read by this author, on the back of his latest release, 'Tortured With Love', and it didn't disappoint; however, this story is a lot more focused on the feelings of the people ...more
Michelle Tackabery
Oct 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
I can't recommend this book as it's basically a re-hash of media articles about Keyes' capture and interrogations while he was in federal custody awaiting trial for the murder of a young woman working at a coffee stand in Alaska. There should not be any spoilers here, but if you don't know anything about Keyes at all, this book will only give you a fantasy story, not fact. The investigations into Keyes' criminality is ongoing and it is too early to write "the true story" of him at this point. Th ...more
Nemo Nemo
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a retelling of the basics of the killer Israel Keyes.
Lacks insight.

I have to agree with other commentators here that his book proved to be devoid of any insight that had not already been revealed in relation to the criminal.

I read true crime because I want to understand the motives and mind set of the criminal so I can better protect me and mine should we be unfortunate enough to fall foul of such a monster as Keyes. I do this because I want to feel confident that my response would be measured in meeting the threat posed.

I don't feel that my pers
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andrew y
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Meh

This is it, I swear, I'm done with true crime for a little while.
Okay in reality this book was actually halfway decently written and reported. It felt a little like a rewritten magazine article at times but at other points appeared, at least, to contain original work from the authors.
But the authors maybe should have thought twice about publishing and profiting off some pretty gross criminal acts that even the perpetrator said multiple times he didn't want in the public eye.
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berthamason
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The podcast 'True Crime Bullshit' is a better account of Keyes's life and crimes. ...more
Katie (wife of book)
This book is factual, concise and straightforward. It's perfect for anyone (like myself) who had no idea who Israel Keyes was or about the crimes he committed. There's no speculation or opinion from the author, but I'm sure there are other books that give you that. Devil in the Darkness simply tells the story of Keyes and his victims in a mostly linear way.
This book is a great reminder that there is rarely an Agatha-Christie-style tell-all monologue in real life. Keyes was very vocal about certa
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Trang Trangg
If you like something more detailed than what a newspaper can offer then this is the right choice. There is an excessive amount of detail, sometimes makes me fast-pace just to quench the idea of finishing a book, literally finishing i mean...
On top of that, this book somehow makes me feel like the act of murder is heroized. I just feel like that; there is no word or sentence indicating/proving the author's intention or whatsoever like that. Just feel, and emotion is deceptive anyway.
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Alana Bookapillar
I’ve read a lot of True Crime books. This has to be one of the most boring and poorly written books I’ve read in this genre. Repetitive, disjointed, and dull- I found myself skimming after reading the same thing over and over, just phrased in a different ways. Disappointed and will be looking for another author who will cover this story in a more precise, non-repetitive and journalistic manner.
Robin
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
No "WHY" answer

I dated this 3 stars because I thought that it would be more informative than watching the police interview. I was hoping that perhaps the author had discovered something in killer's last that was previously overlooked which led the killer down the path he chose. So, I was disappointed with that but on the whole of the book, it certainly proved that there are serial killers who are more intelligent and cunning than Bundy. I am especially grateful that he was captured because he wa
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ABookishRainbowSanctuary Nat
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-kindle-books
Admittedly I judged this audiobook by its cover, not a fan of the coverwork. However, I haven't read anything about the serial killer so I went ahead and listened and boy am I glad I did!

The narrator was ok, not the best but not awful. The book content was fantastic. I felt the author did a thorough job but not so much so that it was boring. I've know Israel Keyes was a tool, but after listening to some of the transcript in the book, he was a massive egotistical narcassist, and most definitely
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Ashlee
Where exactly did the author find his sources?
To my knowledge IK never went in depth on discussing the Koenig case or at least if he did, that information has never been made public.
There are some things in this book that are down right incorrect such as the ransom photo (Samantha was not sprawled naked on a mattress, her head was being held up by Keyes), Keyes never said "good girl" to Sam, I believe that was added as a disgusting and sick "kink factor", also the part where Keyes covered her
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Carla
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow, one scary guy. He was a rapist, arsonist, murderer and bank robber. It always surprises me that a killer can be so ordinary and those around him think he is a great guy and then find out he is a serial killer. Israel Keys was right up there with Bundy, methodical, no remorse, and planned each kill (even though he did not know who would be next) with precision. Devil in the Darkness takes you on a journey of when he started killing, on how he planned his kills, how he evaded the police for s ...more
Samantha Mosedale
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A harrowing read not for the faint-hearted

I honestly recommend this book for fans of True Crime. It was set out perfectly, very detailed. You read about the murderer - Israel Keyes, his family and life in general. Then you learn about all the lovely people that he killed. The way that Keyes wickedly destroyed these lives without a second thought was just unbelievable. Unfortunately the murderer never got to The Death Chamber, he took the cowards way out and committed suicide. Now he will face a
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Chris Smallwood
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Read

Very well written. A great read for true crime enthusiasts. The depravity of Keyes is beyond words, but the author does a great job of keeping you interested in the crimes without throwing you head over heels into the sickening reality of it all. That must have been a terribly difficult tight rope to walk. The sadness of never knowing the true extent of Keyes' crimes is punctuated thoroughly. All victims in this book, and there are many, are well represented and the reader is left with
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Christine Blake
A fairly straightforward narrative about Israel Keyes but I was disturbed by some of the details as presented here, not so much the description of the crimes which you would expect from a true-crime book, but the rather lurid details of what the victim was thinking and feeling leading up to and at the point of her murder. This is either entirely made up by the author or based on things Keyes himself said in interrogation. Either way, I found a man trying to get into the head of a young woman at ...more
Holly Hold
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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Carl Deskins,III
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review of a true-life serial killer by a great author who is a lawyer and a professor!!!!

I find that the subjects of his writings is maybe susceptible to misinterpreting but the author tells the whole story that leaves the reader in a philosophical cloud , however, the author's final say in the book is conscientiously clear and legitimate and leaves the reader with a feeling of clarity!!!!!!! I would recommend this book to anyone that has a mysterious streak of adventure!!!
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Alex
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
It gives a good explanation of who Israel Keyes is, what he did, how he did it, how it ended, the behind the scenes of the investigation.

I hoped for something more akin to many books written on Ted Bundy, or other true crime books where it gets quite in depth about not just the crimes but the victims and the perpetrator. It’s kind of lacking in that aspect, it doesn’t feel near as comprehensive as other books on Serial Killers that I’ve read. You don’t really learn a whole lot about Keyes as mu
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Pamela Walter
The writing was very disjointed, e.g. on one page the criminal was married, but on the next he was not married. There was no indication the narrative was going back in time. The writing style was inconsistent with part of the story written almost like a list of facts, as in a police report. It was relatively short, so I was able to get through it, but I did not feel it was worth the read.
Harvey Smith
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting crime story/serial killer type book. Well written. A close look at perpetrators that are very random serial killers. Also a compassionate look at how his victims and their families fared.

Not wanting to give away the ending of the book, but the perpetrator turned out to be a coward.
Terry Johnson
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrific detailing of a horrible killer

JT Hunter has written an appropriately horrifying book about a detestable man, who killed for the hell of it. The random nature of Israel Keyes’ decisions about victims and fates should give great pause to anyone who thinks “it could never happen to me.” Evil is alive and well, and it could happen to any of us.
Bonnie
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Frightening

A very thought provoking book. I couldn't put it down. It was interesting and frightening to learn about this killer, his life and those people he affected. I feel for those who lost their loved ones.
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Linda Garcia
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very well researched and written. I’m a true crime buff and already know a lot on the background of the books that I read. This book had so much information that I didn’t know. This guy was a monster and I’m glad he’s no longer walking the earth
CaryAnne Goodwin
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Maybe I misunderstood

For me the previous reviews and explanation mislead me into this book. Unfortunately the narrator made it very difficult for me. I was pretty far along before I realized he was telling the story. Just disappointing for me.
Nancy L. Raeuchle
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for true crime enthusiastsll

Amazing well written book! Strangely I could not put it down and may God bless everyone that had contact with this monster🙏 I must mention how the author must have spent hours on end putting this together💖 Brilliant!!!
E.G. Deaile
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book focuses on the grief felt by the east coast community affected by Israel's crimes.

The middle story about Israel himself does not change much, but the perspective here illuminates parts I've seen overlooked in other material on the subject.
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J.T. Hunter is an attorney with over fourteen years of experience practicing law, including criminal law and appeals, and he has significant training in criminal investigation techniques. He is also a college professor in Florida where his teaching interests focus on the intersection of criminal psychology, law, and literature.

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