SPOKANE, Wash. -- A serial killer reportedly responsible for at least eight murders across the country has connections to a well-known white supremacist family, according to an online publication.
Watch above: Kehoe brothers involved in shootout with police in 1997.
According to The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that tracks cases related to racism across the country, Israel Keyes grew up near Chevie and Cheyne Kehoe, brothers who are currently serving life sentences for murder and attempted murder.
SPLC’s HateWatch blog says Keyes was a childhood friend of the Kehoes. The two families lived less than a mile apart and considered each other friends, a Stevens Co. source tells the site.
The Kehoes identified with a church called The Ark, located near both families’ homes, according to this source. The Ark preaches white people are the superior race and claims modern-day Jews are descendents of Satan. SPLC suggests the Keyes family might have given their son the name Israel based on their belief in the Christian Identity church.
The Stevens Co. source went on to tell SPLC the relationship between Keyes and the Kehoe brothers continued into their teen years. Authorities say they might have even attended a rally together in the early 90s targeting racists and neo-Nazis in Stevens Co.
The FBI is currently investigating all the leads, and his possible connection to additional murders.
Keyes was 34 when he hilled himself in an Alaska jail on Sunday. He was serving time there for the murder of an Anchorage woman.
To read the full HateWatch article, click here.