FOLLOWING a grueling six-week investigation, a suspect has been arrested in connection with the murders of four Idaho college students.
Suspect Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was arrested on Friday and charged with the killings of friends Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Xana's boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20. Abrasion Resistant Fabric Motorcycle
The four victims were found brutally stabbed to death on the second and third floors of their off-campus home on King Road in Moscow, Idaho, on November 13.
The murders, which has rattled the small college town, have been surrounded in mystery since the victims were found butchered to death.
Now, nearly seven weeks after the quadruple murders, authorities believe they got their suspect and are ruling out the theory of multiple killers.
The multiple killers approach sprung up on social media after NewsNation reported that Kohberger had a "quiet, blank stare" when he was detained by local cops and the FBI and asked "if anyone else was arrested.”
However, during Friday evening's press conference, Moscow police chief James Fry appeared to suggest that Kohberger is the only suspect in this case.
“What I can tell you is that we have an individual in custody who committed these horrible crimes, and I do believe our community is safe," he said.
Mystery surrounds the arrest of Kohberger and what exactly led investigators to his parent's home in rural Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.
An arrest affidavit will remain sealed until Kohberger is extradited to Idaho. He remains in Pennsylvania for the time being.
According to Fox News, citing police sources, Kohberger is wearing a suicide-prevention vest while being held at the Monroe County Correctional Facility.
The vests also cannot be rolled or torn and prevent inmates "from using the fabric to create a weapon or hanging mechanism," sources told the outlet.
DNA recovered at the crime scene led investigators to the 28-year-old suspect, law enforcement sources revealed to CNN.
Police apparently took DNA from the scene, ran it through a public database, and then used genetic genealogy techniques to connect the DNA to Kohberger through his family members, according to CNN.
Kohberger is a Ph. D. student at Washington State University, which is located across the state line about 10 miles from the murder scene in Pullman, Washington.
A woman who claims she went to school with Kohberger appeared to be shaken by the news of his arrest, sharing several pictures of the suspect and her encounters with him.
Casey Arntz took to TikTok hours after Kohberger was arrested and spoke out about his shocking arrest, "My brother was really good friends with him," the woman claims in the video.
"Back in 2017, when I spoke to him, he was clean," Casey said, alleging that Kohberger had a drug problem throughout high school.
"He was doing security detail at a school, I believe, but he seemed like he was better. Obviously, that wasn't true."
Casey posted photos of the event where the pair met up once again, noting how she sat next to him throughout the celebration.
'"At the same wedding, he was sitting at the same table as me and my mother. I sat next to him and we talked."
Casey's brother, Thomas, described Kohberger as a "bully" who would happily note his friends' "flaws and insecurities" in order to distract from his own struggles.
"He did that to me all the time," Thomas told The Daily Beast.
"He would go after my intelligence. He would basically insinuate that I'm kind of slow-witted and that I'm forgetful and that I lack the intelligence to be his friend."
Thomas eventually cut his friendship with the alleged killer.
Thomas noted how Kohberger's father, a maintenance worker, and mother, a substitute teacher, were "genuinely kind people."
Kohberger's mom, Maryann, has publicly decried the death penalty, abortion and school shooters in the past, letters written to the editor of the Pocono Record daily newspaper revealed.
"I pray we consider the children before the gun," reads the headline of one of her pieces.
"I do not personally support abortion, and by all means do not support the death penalty," she wrote in another letter.
"State-sanctified murder is still just that — murder," she added in the letter published on April 7, 2008.
Maryann works as a paraprofessional, teaching students under the supervision of certified teachers and is also part of the school board.
"As I sat this morning, reeling from yet another school shooting, I found myself wrestling with which actions need to be taken to stop all the madness," she wrote in another letter to the publication dated June 2, 2022, as she grappled with the news of the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.
Before enrolling at Washington State University, Kohberger obtained his bachelor's and master's degree at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, in 2020 and 2022.
While at DeSales, the 28-year-old shared a Reddit post months before the killings seeking to "understand how emotions and psychological traits influence the decision-making involved in committing a crime."
The post, which has since been removed, read: "Hi, my name is Bryan, and I am inviting you to participate in a research project that seeks to understand how emotions and psychological traits influence the decision-making involved in committing a crime.
"In particular, this study seeks to understand the story behind your most recent criminal offense, with an emphasis on your thoughts and feelings throughout your experience.
"In the event that your most recent offense was not one that led to a conviction, you may still participate.
"Additional surveys are included after the open-ended section to best understand your unique traits. The study should take about 15-20 minutes to fully complete," the alleged killer wrote.
The study was approved by DeSales University's institutional review board, the post read.
The university refused to comment on the criminology study.
"On Friday, December 30, DeSales University learned of the arrest of Bryan Kohberger in connection with the murder of four University of Idaho students," the school said in a statement to The U.S. Sun.
"Kohberger received a bachelor’s degree in 2020 and completed his graduate studies in June 2022. As a Catholic, Salesian community, we are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families during this difficult time."
Steve Goncalves, the father of slain victim Kaylee, was watching a football game in November when his entire world was "turned upside down".
After Kohberger's name was released, Goncalves said that while nobody in his family knows the suspect, they see connections between him and Kaylee that they "aren't ready to talk about yet."
The family's attorney, Shanon Grey, told ABC News: “Now that there’s a person and a name that someone can specifically look for and see if there's any connections in any way. So they’re just trying to figure it out."
Goncalves plans to be in the courtroom when Kohberger is returned to Idaho to face murder charges for Kaylee, Madison Mogen, Xana and Ethan.
After the arrest of alleged murderer Kohberger, Goncalves referred to him as a coward.
“This guy’s gonna have to look me in my eyes multiples times, and I’m going to be looking for the truth. That’s really what I’m going to be looking for,” he said.
It remains unclear how, or if, Kohberger knew any of the victims.
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