In this article, we are going to explore the terrifying last moments of most nerve-racking kidnappings caught on camera cases where a security camera played a major role in capturing either the actual abduction, or scenes of the abductor and victim during the investigation. Some of these cases are still on-going or have gone cold, others were ended without the loss of life, and sadly some of these ended tragically as well.
1) Samantha Koenig, February 2012
Anchorage, AK, February 1st, 2012… 18-year old barista, Samantha Koenig, was held at gunpoint by a menacing, hooded figure. She threw her hands up in surrender, and fearing for her life complied with demands to turn the lights off, open the cash register, and then lie on the floor to be tied up. She was then led out of her workplace and across the parking lot where she was abducted. Samantha would become the last known victim, the third to be confirmed, of serial killer Israel Keyes. Samantha endured sexual assault before being murdered the next day. Her body was kept in a shed on Keyes’ property. After returning home from a cruise out of New Orleans, Israel propped Samantha’s body up and held a newspaper in front of her and took a Polaroid photo (quiet possibly one of the creepiest photos I’ve seen in a while) in an effort to pass her off as alive to extort $30,000 of ransom money from her family. Keyes was eventually captured, but not after causing a long trail of crime throughout the years. He confessed to 8 or more murders, on top of multiple burglaries as he moved across the country. The sicko said he admired Ted Bundy. Israel Keyes’ last act of defiance was when he committed suicide in prison, slitting both his wrists and dying from asphyxiation, effectively depriving the families he effected with his decades long murderous crime spree the justice they deserved.