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New Information About Idaho College Murders

New details are emerging concerning the murders of 4 University of Idaho students last November. Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were found dead on the 13th of November in the house on campus that was that was shared by the young women, in addition to two roommates (both had been at home when the murders, but were not hurt). The suspect, Bryan Kohberger, was arrested last week in the house of his parents in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, and was extradited to Idaho. He was officially accused of four counts of murder in the first degree along with one count of burglary with intention of murder.

In announcing that they had charged Kohberger with murder in the first degree, authorities have issued a Probable Cause Affidavit outlining the facts against the suspect. The affidavit confirms much of the information that web-based detectives suspected, including Kohberger was stalking his victims in advance of the murder, but there are some shocking new details that were revealed, specifically about the experiences of one of the two roommates who were not injured during the night.

The roommate who was named in the affidavit as D.M., was apparently awakened at 4am by what she believed was the sound of her roommate Kaylee who was enjoying a game with the dog she had in her upstairs bedroom. A short time later, D.M. believed she heard Kaylee mention that “there's someone here.” D.M. went to her bedroom after hearing the words, but did not find any sign of it. The affidavit states:

“D.M. said she opened her doors another time after she heard what believed was crying coming from the room of Kernodle. D.M. later claimed she was able to hear a male voice saying something along the lines that “it's ok, I'm going to help you.”

As if that wasn't terrifying enough, D.M. discovered the suspect the next time she opened her doors three times after hearing the crying. Then she saw “a figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person's mouth and nose walking towards her.” She was in a “frozen shock phase” as the suspect, as described by D.M. as a man who was athletically built and sporting “bushy eyebrows,” walked by her, and then out the sliding glass door at the back of the home. The woman did not identify the person intruding and put herself in her bedroom.

The affidavit further states that while D.M. was interacting with the suspect, an adjacent security camera captured the deformed voice, which could be an eerie whimper. This was followed by the sound of a loud sound. The dog also was heard barking.

With the help of security camera footage and the suspect's cell phone information, authorities have compiled a convincing timeline that puts Kohberger close to the crime scene and returning home driving his white Hyundai Elantra. It is also believed that Kohberger drove past the house after the murders, likely to check if a crime investigation was taking place at the scene. A knife's sheath was discovered near an individual body, and gave DNA that matched the suspect.

The news has been all over this tale for more than two months, and numerous internet-based sleuths attempted to discover the truth while local police were often being the target of accusations that their investigation was taking too long and had gone cold. For their part, the police appear to be following their procedures and performed good old-fashioned investigation and identified their suspect within reasonable time.

As time goes on, more troubling details will be revealed regarding the crime and the suffering the victims experienced during the night. It is unlikely that the answers will give comfort to their families. However, hopefully the great work of the police will help them get justice and let the healing process begin.

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