Paul Kenneth Keller

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Paul Kenneth Keller (born January 6, 1966) is a serial arsonist and convicted murderer[1] from Everett, Washington. He is serving 99 years in prison and will be eligible for parole in 2079. He was convicted of setting over 107 fires and admitted to setting over 76 of them[2] killing at least three individuals, and causing more than $30 million in property damage during a six-month period during 1992-1993.


Keller's story was depicted in a 1995 CBS movie of the week called Not Our Son starring Neil Patrick Harris. His case was also featured on the Forensic Files episode "Fire Proof".[3] Criminal Minds mentioned him in the 2007 episode "Ashes and Dust," a drama about another serial arsonist. His story was also featured on the true-crime television series Evil Lives Here in the episode "Not My Boy," which aired on Investigation Discovery on January 1, 2017.


The three victims who died in the September 22, 1992 fire at Seattle's "Four Freedoms House" retirement home were Bertha Nelson, age 93; Mary Dorris, age 77 and Adeline Stockness, age 72.[4]


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  2. ^ "Keller sentenced to 99 years for fire deaths". Kitsap Sun. March 11, 1994. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  3. ^ Forensic Files, episode title: "Fire Proof", Air Date: May 31, 2003.
  4. ^ Seattle Times, Keller Confesses In Fatal Arson