Alleged Idaho killer attempted 1 heavy-handed tactic to contact Idaho murder victim

A few weeks before four University of Idaho students were killed in November, the man suspected of killing them tried to contact a victim on Instagram, according to a new report.

Bryan Kohberger, a graduate student at Washington State University’s Pullman campus, about nine miles from Moscow, Idaho, is suspected of the stabbing murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

So far, no firm link has been publicly established between the suspect and the victims.

However, a Tuesday report purely People quoted an “investigator familiar with the case” as saying the suspect sent a victim multiple Instagram messages in late October.

The report says an account that investigators believe belongs to Kohberger sent a message to one of the female victims, who was not named.


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No response was received, the report cited the source, prompting the account to send several more messages.

“He snuck into one of the girls’ DMs several times but she didn’t answer. Basically it was just him saying, “Hey, how are you?” But he kept doing it,” the unnamed source said.

People reported that Kohberger’s Instagram account followed Mogen, Goncalves and Kernodle’s accounts New York Post reported.

The source said due to Instagram’s configuration, the recipient may not have known the messages existed.

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“She may not have seen them because they were making message requests. We’re still trying to figure out to what extent the victims were aware of its existence,” the source said.

“There’s no indication that he was frustrated by her lack of response, but he was definitely adamant.”

Speculation as to the motive for the crime abounds, with former FBI agent and security expert Pete Yachmetz saying, “The killings may have been… an attempt to assert some sort of dominance,” according to the post Office.

“I believe continued stabbing of a victim indicates… uncontrollable anger and extreme rage.”

Yachmetz said Kohberger “may have developed some kind of incel complex,” using a term for men who failed to form romantic or sexual relationships. Incel is short for “involuntarily celibate”.


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To dive into Kohberger’s personality, The New York Times dug up some posts from Kohberger’s teenage years from a website called Tapatalk, once known as Yuku

“I feel like an organic meatbag with no self-esteem,” reads a 2011 post. “As I hug my family, I look at their faces, I see nothing, it’s like watching a video game , but less.”

“Nothing I do is fun. I am empty, I have no opinion, I have no emotion, I have nothing. Do you understand?” he wrote in another post. Alleged Idaho killer attempted 1 heavy-handed tactic to contact Idaho murder victim

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