American Predator by Maureen Callahan

The thing that makes a great true crime book stand out among the thrillers of the world is that it’s real. There is something truly chilling about reading about the last moments of a person life then being able to pull up news clips of those exact moments.

There is something that doesn’t sit right with referring to a serial killer as genius but Israel Key’s murders were so meticulous, so well planned and thought out that I’m at a loss for how else to describe it. Israel Keys defied all the characteristics we typically see in a serial killer profile. In his daily life he was a family man and small business owner, his kills were targeted but there was no pattern to his victims – big, small, young, old, female, male, individuals, couples. He would fly to one city, rent a car and drive miles away to pick up a kill kit he previous planted – buried at random locations or left in abandoned homes – then he’d drive miles again to his victim, take their lives and clean up and dispose of them just as thoroughly. . . and his method of killing was never the same. He was man living in a modern age yet managed to leave absolutely no paper trail. It’s estimated that Israel Keys is responsible for at least one murder in every state, many of which stand unsolved as missing persons cases today.

Israel Keys getting caught was stroke of luck and circumstance that I’ll leave for you to find out when you read the book – or I guess you could google it but wheres the fun in that? The books title “American Predator : The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century” says it all – and the scariest part is, most of us have never heard his name.