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He will kill no more, and we all will be saved from months, if not years, of trials and appeals.

Murderer of Essex couple commits suicide in prison

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Federal and Vermont state authorities say a serial killer who committed suicide in an Alaska prison Sunday is the man responsible for the abduction and murder of Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vermont in June 2011.

Investigators say 34-year old Israel Keyes committed at least eight killings nationwide, and possibly more. There had been only enough evidence to charge him in one case, the February kidnapping and slaying of 18-year-old Anchorage coffee stand worker, Samantha Koenig.

Charges in the Currier case were being held back until more could be learned about the other cases.

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The suicide came three months before the scheduled start of Keyes’ federal trial in the Koenig murder.  Prosecutors were considering whether to seek the death penalty in that case.

Five months ago, authorities in Vermont said they had a suspect in the Currier murders but did not expect to disclose his identity publicly for a substantial amount of time.  That changed, and the extensive allegations were disclosed, after guards at the Anchorage Correctional Complex found Keyes’ body early Sunday morning.

Marilyn Chates is the mother of 50-year old Bill Currier.  She says that at this moment, she feels this is probably the best thing that could have happened.  In an email to the Burlington Free Press she wrote, "He will kill no more, and we all will be saved from months, if not years, of trials and appeals."  She said the evidence now shows that her son and his wife were victims of a totally random act of a deranged individual."

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