- Jul 19, 2015
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to add on - i do kind of have some doubts about him misremembering though. it's true that regardless of IQ level, everyone at some point in their life has likely misremembered so it's not impossible that he truly mixed some facts around. but generally i do not believe Keyes was stupid and even for psychopaths, torturing and killing people is a big deal event(s) in their life so i'm skeptical that he would've forgotten a lot of it. JMO but overall i think he was either telling the truth or deliberately lying/omitting certain things, with maybe a limited few facts being truly misremembered.
I definitely agree that Keyes wasn't stupid, I actually think in general he was really smart. His IQ tested high-average (114 I think?) but I suspect he was probably at least a little smarter than that. I'd be very interested to see how his testing broke down in different areas; my guess would be that he was very strong in particular areas, below average in a couple, and around average in the remainder, but for the most part I'm not sure of which areas those would be.
But memory and intelligence aren't the same thing, and I've always thought his memory was likewise stronger in certain areas than others. His geographic memory seems to have been off the scale; him not being able to direct LE to the Green River cache I'm sure was BS. But I don't think his memory was great with names. I can easily believe that he misremembered the actual names of places he'd been (in Texas for example), and possibly too that he had victims whose names and details he wasn't completely certain of.
Unfortunately, if true, this does make it very hard to parse out which statements are lies and which are legit cases of forgetting. I agree with you that it was probably majority lies, but I'd guess it was around like 70/30. But that could be way off in either direction. The only thing I'm very sure of is he knows geographically exactly where his victims and caches are.