According to a report released on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, confessed serial killer Israel Keyes was mistakenly issued a razor before he committed suicide. This report was issued by the Alaska Department of Corrections, and they also said that "it appears that razor was not retrieved."
Keyes was the focus of heightened security in the facility after being found with a makeshift handcuff key at an earlier time. The report says that this was when the lapse in security happened, and it was also a time when Keyes was segregated from other inmates.
Keyes' body was found on Dec. 2, 2012, in his cell. This was months before he was to go on trial for the killing of Samantha Keonig, an 18-year-old barista from Anchorage, Alaska.
The 34-year-old Keyes slit his wrist with the razor blade that he was mistakenly given, and he tied a noose around both his neck and right foot, according to the report. The exact cause of death is not said to be known at this time, but it has loosely been classified as a suicide.
The suicide death of Keyes has drawn criticism to the Corrections Department from the father of Koenig. He says that Keyes' death robbed the family of justice and their day in court. He also does not believe what the agency is saying.
"I don't think it was mistaken at all," James Koenig said. "How do you mistakenly give someone in segregation a real razor blade?"
Kaci Schroeder, spokeswoman for corrections, told The Associated Press that officials are taking another look at the case. She said that there are no discussions of disciplinary actions, if any, that were taken, over the lapse.
Before his death, Keyes did tell investigators that he killed Koenig and at least seven other people across the United States. There is the belief that more victims could still come to light. Keyes' trial for the abduction and killing of Koenig was set for March in a federal court.