Israel Keyes is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo. An off-handed remark by the self-professed serial killer has led officers to believe Keys could have killed people in Montreal.
Credits: Handout/FBI/QMI Agency
MONTREAL - "Canadians don't count."
The off-handed remark by self-professed serial killer Israel Keyes is what the FBI said made officers believe he could have killed people in Montreal.
Keyes, 34, told FBI interrogators that he made several trips to Montreal to sleep with prostitutes.
U.S. police arrested Keyes in 2012 for the murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig in Alaska.
During FBI interrogations following his arrest, Keyes admitted killing two people in Vermont and hinted that he killed up to 11 people across the U.S., FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez told QMI Agency.
"But he made a quip that Canadians don't count," Gonzalez said. "It's difficult to know if he was kidding."
And police fear they will never know because Keyes slit his wrists in an Alaskan jail in 2012 awaiting trial for Koenig's murder.
American authorities are asking for the U.S. and Canadian public's help in trying to name the unidentified people Keyes is believed to have killed.
"When he committed suicide he took his secrets with him," Gonzalez said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis, who participated in Keyes' interrogations, said police don't have an exact timeline for when Keyes went to Montreal.
The FBI said it believes Keyes killed people between 2001 and March 2012.
"He seemed to take enjoyment out of killing people," Feldis said.
Gonzalez said that U.S. authorities contacted "their Canadian counterparts" to warn them about potential victims in Canada, but he couldn't say which Canadian force the FBI co-ordinated with.
Montreal police were unable on Tuesday to say if they had been in contact with the FBI regarding Keyes.