The Idaho Killings

last Instagram post of the four victims.

Nearly seven weeks after four University of Idaho students were brutally murdered, police arrested a suspect more than 2,500 miles away in eastern Pennsylvania. Bryan Christopher Kohberger, a PhD student at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, was arrested on December 30, and charged with four counts of first-degree murder and felony burglary for the stabbing deaths of Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.

The four victims were stabbed to death with a fixed-blade knife between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., November 13, on the second and third floors of the home, according to police. The victims were said to have been ambushed in their sleep. Some of the victims had defensive wounds, suggesting they awoke during the attack. There were no signs of sexual assault. Two surviving female roommates, who lived on the basement level, appeared to have slept through the gruesome attack. However one of the roommates saw a man in black clothes and a mask walking past her in the house on the night of the killings, as she stood there frozen. Sources say that because it was after a party, and the roommate was likely intoxicated, so she probably thought nothing of it at the time.

The Moscow Police Department, which is working with the FBI and the Idaho State Police, said that the attacks were “targeted.” Even before the order, Moscow police maintained for more than two months that they would not release any information that could threaten the integrity of their investigation. Kohberger largely remained silent after he was charged with killing four University of Idaho students, but he made small talk with officers while he was being extradited from his home in Pennsylvania and then booked into the Latah County Jail. “I bristled in the days after the arrest when people questioned whether police had the right man because a PhD candidate in criminal justice would be too smart for this crime,” said John Miller

The information that’s been made public include evidence of his cell phone signal bouncing off the cell phone towers near the victims’ house before and after the murders. The movement of his car coincide with the movement of his cell phone as it was spotted near the residence and was caught on video tape near the scene. The suspect also posted on the social media website Reddit, to query criminals on what it felt like to commit crimes, what steps they took to avoid capture, how they prepared, and so on. Including the questions, “Why did you choose that victim or target over others?” and “How did you approach your victim or target?” With all this information his involvement in the crime will be tough to refute. However, new information and evidence continues to come out.