Idaho Coed Killer: FBI Profile Reveals Suspect’s Possible Attributes
Suspects in the deaths of four undisclosed people University of Idaho Earlier this month, students could be someone who knew the victims or a stalker who knew their habits, one of the nation’s top criminal profilers said Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it was nine days since colleagues were found to have been stabbed to death Moscow, Idaho, home. As of Sunday, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies had received at least 646 tips in the week since the Nov. 13 attack, but they are still searching for the person or people behind it.
“He killed four different people like that. He didn’t just blanch and run after the first one.”
Jim Clemente, a retired FBI supervisory special agent and criminal behavior analysis expert, told Fox News Digital that the suspect may be a young man with no history of such violent crimes.
“He’s sloppy,” Clemente said by phone Tuesday. “It can be the type of compulsive person that makes it happen at a young age, maybe in the same age group or higher than the victims.”
“I don’t think it’s very complex, criminally or forensically complex,” he added.
Clemente speculates that a killer’s decision to commit such a heinous crime reflects his relationship with one or more victims.
“Breaking into a residence in the middle of the night with six people in different rooms is a very dangerous crime unless he knows one or more of the people,” said a former New York City prosecutor. “So that’s my first thought: This criminal didn’t pick this location randomly, he targeted one or more people there. Now, he may have a relationship or past relationship with one or more people. Many of them, or he may be targeting one of them. or may be stalking several.’
When asked later about the suspicion that the killer knew his victims, Clemente explained that the killer would enter the house in the middle of the night “when anyone living there might have a gun, and when he goes in, he might be confronted and attacked by several people.”
“Unless you know them, unless you know one or more,” he continued. “I think it’s less of a risk if he does that or if he stalks them and he knows they’re all going to waste the weekend. And they went to bed early or went to bed early in the morning and they did not get up until noon because they were all wasted.”
He added: “If he knows their routine and knows they’re all drunk, that again reduces the risk to the offender so it becomes a more feasible crime to do. Hence the fact that he escaped. at the same time”.
When asked why he believed the suspect was a man, Clemente pointed to defensive wounds some of the victims had.
“They refused. This is a man who was able to kill many people, including a man,” Clemente said. He also referred to the use of knives as murder weapons, saying such violence “makes the man look more like a criminal”.
He said the timing of the attack – late at night, early morning – indicated that “he had the freedom to move around during that time”.
“He’s not in a relationship or a job that prevents him from doing it.” crimes during at that time, said Clemente.
Moscow police received a report of an “unconscious person” at a house on King Road before noon on November 13. Several other people gathered at the address before police arrived, officials said.
The victims were killed on November 13 between 03:00 and 04:00 after spending the night on the second and third floors of their houses.
The victims were identified as Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.
Two other roommates were inside the house, downstairs, at the time of the murder, but were not injured.
All of the victims are believed to have been asleep at the time of the attack, but some showed signs of defensive wounds. Everyone was a victim was stabbed several times and that they did not show signs of sexual violence. All of them are believed to have been killed with the same knife.
‘HE CHOOSES THE KNIFE’
Clemente, who later became a writer and producer for shows that included “Criminal Minds,” said it was “important” to note that the killer “chose a knife.”
“Why did he choose the knife? Quiet. He didn’t wake up the rest of the house,” he says. “Maybe that’s why.”
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But Clemente said the perpetrator “is known to have a knife” and “might even show it to his friends.”
“The fact that he used a knife,” Clemente said. “It’s graphic, but we call it, he doesn’t mind wet work — he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. He does not turn pale from the sign of blood.”
He said it could mean the suspect is a hunter, butcher or in that field.
“He killed four different people like that. He didn’t just blanch and run after the first one,” Clemente said.
CHECK HIS BEHAVIOR
Before the act of the killer and after the crimes — their behavior before and after the crime can be useful to the public and to crime-solving investigators, Clemente said.
Behavior prior to the crime included factors such as the killer’s “proudness of his knife and carrying it around and showing it to people.” Also, that he is “in some way related” or attached to one or more people in the household.
As for his behavior after the crime, the suspect likely fled the area and “wouldn’t come back until he calmed down,” Clemente said. Such an absence may not be noticeable when many people leave the city for the holidays.
“But he might be local and he might not have come to work or he might have been late,” Clemente added. “He must be very interested in following the news of this crime.”
Moscow Police Department officials are asking the public to share “all outdoor surveillance video from businesses and residences between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2022” in a designated area.
The search for the man continues for the person or persons involved in the attack. Police are asking anyone with information or footage of the homicide to contact them at 208-883-7180 or [email protected]
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