Accused University of Idaho killer Bryan Kohberger had allegedly applied for an internship with a Washington police department in the fall of 2022.
Court documents stated that Kohberger, 28, a Ph.D. criminology student at Washington State University, wrote in an application for Pullman police that he wanted to assist “rural law enforcement agencies with how to better collect and analyze technological data in public safety operations.”
Authorities also wrote that Kohberger posted a Reddit survey where he asked “participants to provide information to ‘understand how emotions and psychological traits influence decision making when committing a crime.”
Kohberger is believed to have fatally stabbed University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin at their off-campus apartment in Moscow on November 13. Kohberger’s DNA and phone data reportedly linked him to the crime. A knife sheath discovered near Moden’s body was reportedly a DNA match.
Further, phone data and surveillance footage suggest Kohberger visited the vicinity 12 times before the November 13 slayings. Kohberger lives in Pullman, Washington, 10 miles from the victims’ home.
A probable cause affidavit also alleged that police at Kohberger’s college alerted Moscow police to the fact that his white 2015 Hyundai Elantra resembled a car seen at the victims’ home around the time they were killed. Surveillance footage apparently showed a white four-door sedan but did not capture its front license plate.
Kohberger was arrested in Pennsylvania on December 30 after a cross-country trip with his father from Idaho. During their trip, Indiana police pulled over the pair twice. Sources claimed the FBI requested the traffic stops to view possible injuries on Kohberger’s hands.
Kohberger was extradited to Idaho on Thursday. He remains jailed without bail.
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[Featured image: Bryan Kohberger/Monroe County Police Department]