Hackensack woman may be a serial killer's victim

Jim Dolan reports from Hackensack.
November 13, 2013 8:30:50 PM PST
Investigators are looking into whether suspected serial killer Israel Keyes had something to do with the disappearance of a woman from Hackensack, New Jersey.

"I don't know whose stalling. Somebody's stalling. That's all I can say for sure. But it's not it's not me," said Israel Keyes, a serial killer.

Israel Keyes wasn't exactly eager to tell the stories of his many murders to the FBI, but he was realistic. Everyone in that room knew who he was.

"Oh I'm a bad guy, I tried to escape. But uh, let's be honest. Nobody really thought I was a good guy before that," Keyes said. For Israel Keys, untrustworthy hardly covers it. He was an indiscriminate, unquenchable serial killer. He kept kill bags like the one found buried in Upstate New York, so he could kill more efficiently, in different places. And he thought each killing through.

"Back when I was smart I would let them come to me," Keyes said.

Keyes made a crucial mistake when he kidnapped and murdered Samantha Koenig from a coffee shop in Alaska, but he had killed plenty by then, including, the FBI believes, Debra Feldman of Hackensack.

"He admitted during these interviews that he abducted someone on April 9, 2009, from a state on the east coast and that was the day that Debra Feldman disappeared," said Barbara Woodruff, FBI.

Unfortunately, Keyes committed suicide in his Anchorage jail cell last December before he could give any details, so the Feldman murder remains, officially open. But there was one more reference before he died.

"He was shown a series of pictures of what we thought could be victims of his and when he saw her photo he said, 'I don't want to talk about that right now,'" Woodruff said.

As investigators searched for Feldman's body, Keyes thought it was all very amusing. "Almost feel guilty. It's costing the taxpayers a lot of time and money, should have just kept my mouth shut," Keyes said.

Investigators believe Keyes did not know any of his victims prior to their abductions. He described several remote locations that he frequented to look for victims, such as, parks, campgrounds, trailheads, cemeteries, and boating areas. Keyes also admitted to frequenting prostitutes during his travels and it is unknown at this time if he met any of his victims in this manner.

Keyes indicated the victims are male and female and range in age from late teens to the elderly. Investigators believe Keyes is responsible for eleven homicides. Keyes stated his murders occurred in less than 10 states but did not disclose all of the locations.

Keyes described crossing into multiple states during the abduction, murder, and disposal of a victim. It is not unlikely that in some cases Keyes abducted a victim from one state, transported the victim to another state where he or she was murdered, and potentially drove the victim to a third state to dispose of the body. Keyes admitted to burglarizing 20 to 30 homes throughout the United States and talked about committing arson as a means to cover up a homicide.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Hackensack Police Department or call 1-800- Call-FBI and follow the prompts for the Israel Keyes case.

More information is available on the FBI.gov website.