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Isreal Keyes Killed Self With Razor; Prison Officals Mum On How The Confessed Serial Killer Got It

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This undated file photo provided by the FBI shows Israel Keyes. Israel Keyes showed no remorse as he detailed how he'd abducted and killed an 18-year-old woman, then demanded ransom, pretending she was alive. His confession cracked the case, but prosecutors questioning him soon realized there was more, he has killed before. Before divulging more details, Keyes committed suicide in his cell. | AP

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska prisons officials refuse to say how confessed serial killer Israel Keyes obtained a razor before his jail-cell suicide.

The state Department of Corrections denied a public records request from The Associated Press that seeks to determine whether the 34-year-old Keyes was allowed to have a razor, which he used to slit a wrist. The state cites prisoner confidentiality and "anticipation of litigation."

Keyes, who also strangled himself, was found dead Dec. 2.

Keyes was awaiting a March trial in federal court in the 2012 slaying of 18-year-old Anchorage barista. He was in state custody in Anchorage because there are no federal prisons in Alaska.

Corrections spokeswoman Kaci Schroeder says that even general discussions of prisoner razor possession are not public because they are a security issue.

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