New details about the murders of four University of Idaho students have surfaced. Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, Xana Knodle, as well as two female roommates, were found murdered in an off-campus residence on November 13. Bryan Kohberger, the suspect, was taken into custody at his parents’ house in Albrightsville. He was then extradited to Idaho yesterday and charged with four counts of first-degree murder as well as one count of burglary and the intent to kill.
The Bryan Kohberger Affidavit is absolutely insane pic.twitter.com/hXSMNS1eOA
— Eric Spracklen🇺🇸 (@EricSpracklen) January 5, 2023
Authorities released the Probable Cause Affidavit detailing the case against Kohberger after he was charged with first-degree murder. While the affidavit confirms what web sleuths suspect, like Kohberger stalking victims before the crime, some terrifying new details were revealed, especially about the night Kohberger and his unharmed roommates.
According to the affidavit, D.M. was woken by sounds that she believed were Kaylee’s roommate playing with her dog upstairs. A short time later, D.M. D.M. figured she had heard Kaylee say “there is someone here.” After hearing this, she looked out of her bedroom window but couldn’t see anything. According to the affidavit
D.M. stated that she opened her doors a second time when Kernodle’s crying came through.
D.M. was there to make it worse. After hearing the screaming, D.M. encountered the suspect as she opened her door for the third time. D.M. described the suspect as “a black-clad figure with a mask covering the nose and mouth walking towards her”. The suspect, described by D.M. as a male with an athletic build and “bushy eyebrows”, walked past her and out of the sliding glass door at the back. She didn’t recognize the intruder, and she immediately locked her bedroom.
According to the affidavit, D.M. was also present at the scene. A nearby security camera captured the suspect attempting to approach him. The suspect was also heard barking from a dog.
Authorities have compiled a timeline using security camera footage and data from the suspect’s mobile phone. It shows Kohberger driving past the crime scene in his white Hyundai Elantra, while repeatedly returning to the house. Authorities believe that he drove by the house several hours after the murders occurred, possibly to check if there was a crime scene investigation. The suspect was identified by DNA from a knife sheath found near one of the bodies.
This story has been covered by cable news for almost two months. Hundreds of web sleuths attempted to solve the crime. Local police were often criticized for taking too long and being cold. The police did a good job following their procedures and doing good detective work. They were able to identify their suspect within a reasonable time.
More disturbing details about the crime and the experiences of the victims will be revealed over time. Although the answers won’t bring comfort to the victims’ families, they will be able to benefit from the outstanding police work.