• With: Lt. George Murtie, Essex, Vt., Police Dept.; Mary Morrissey, Chittenden County Prosecutor

    MORRISSEY: It was. I was heavily involved in the investigation up to that point. They had been reported missing by family members on June 9th of 2011. They had last been seen the day before, and when they failed to show up for work the next day, their family members reported them missing.

    I had been contacted that night by members of the Essex Police Department to notify me that this was happening, that there was an investigation under way. There was very little information at that point about the Curriers and what may have happened to them. But after that point, I was very involved in the investigation right up through the time when Israel Keyes killed himself in an Alaska jail.

    VAN SUSTEREN: This was totally random?

    MORRISSEY: Totally random.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Any idea why Israel Keyes would have picked them out, just absolutely -- or just completely random?

    MORRISSEY: My understanding is that the reason he picked out -- he didn't pick them out. I think he picked out their residence. He had -- when he came to Vermont, he knew that there were certain things in terms of the residence that he was looking for that would make it easier for him to accomplish his crime.

    He wanted a house that -- where he thought there were no kids and no dogs. He wanted a house that had a predictable layout, so that he, when he got into the house, would be able to predict where the couple would be sleeping. He wanted it to have an attached garage and he wanted the car to be in the garage, I -- one would assume to make it easier when he did have them subdued to get them into the car to move from the residence.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Did you talk to him?

    MORRISSEY: I did.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Over the phone or in person?

    MORRISSEY: It was over the phone. That was set up through the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI in Alaska. Myself and Lieutenant George Murtie had a conversation with him on June 1st of 2012.

    VAN SUSTEREN: What was it like?

    MORRISSEY: The reason we had the conversation was we really wanted to close out any loose ends that we thought might exist. And again, based on what I said before, we were looking for very specific details on him that would confirm for us that he had been in the residence.

    So the conversation itself, I think, was based on questions like, Tell us what you saw in the garage. What was the back yard looking like? What did the Curriers personally tell you about themselves, information that wasn't released publicly. So that was the question in the interview generally, was based on those types of details being elicited from him.


    VAN SUSTEREN: Israel Keyes may have picked his victims at random, but his planning and execution was thorough and meticulous. Long before he killed his prey, Keyes would often stash kill kits or murder kits in an area where he intended to carry out a murder.

    The areas were stocked with guns, supplies, cash and tools to dispose of bodies. "On the Record" hits the ground, taking you to one storage area used more than two years prior to the bloody murders of Bill and Lorraine Currier.


    VAN SUSTEREN: Lieutenant, where are we?

    LT. GEORGE MURTIE, ESSEX, VT, POLICE DEPARTMENT: We're at an area called 68 Acres. It's a local park that was given to the town by the federal government.

    VAN SUSTEREN: About how far is this by driving to the home of the Curriers?

    MURTIE: It's about a mile.

    VAN SUSTEREN: And from the hotel where Israel Keyes was staying?

    MURTIE: Slightly less than a mile.

    VAN SUSTEREN: And the murder scene where the home was demolished?

    MURTIE: This is probably a few miles up route 15 from there.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Now, what's significant about this is, apparently, Israel Keyes was here prior to the murder, sometime before the murder, to this park?

    MURTIE: Yes, he was here in April of 2009.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Which is about two years and two months before the murders.

    MURTIE: Yes. That's right.

    VAN SUSTEREN: What was he doing here?

    MURTIE: A part -- well, I know what he did here. He came here with a wooden box that had a gun in it and some cable ties and some other items, maybe some rope. And he buried it here in this park.

    VAN SUSTEREN: And to unbury it when?

    MURTIE: He came here on June 8th of 2011, the day of -- he abducted Bill and Lorraine Currier.

    VAN SUSTEREN: I imagine it's somewhat different two years and two months later, with all the trees -- the tree growth and -- unless you have some sort of markers where you bury something. I guess you could bury it a short part off a path, but...

    MURTIE: It was at an intersection of two trails where he did it. So I can understand how he could find it. But yes, we have heavy winters, a lot of snow. We have flooding most springs. And so, you know, he told us he found it and so...

    VAN SUSTEREN: And obviously, he didn't leave part of it behind. I mean, once he...

    MURTIE: He did.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Oh, he did?

    MURTIE: He actually did. But you know, it was over a year, and Hurricane Irene came through, too, before we knew that something was here. So we did come back in the summer of 2012, trying to find anything that would corroborate his story. And we weren't able to.