Bryan Kohberger Photo Sparks Ted Bundy Comparisons in looks, age, more

The suspect in the killing of four University of Idaho college students is drawing comparisons to serial killer Ted Bundy after mug shots made their way through the internet on Friday.

The suspect arrested Friday in Pennsylvania — Bryan Kohberger — was a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, nearly 300 miles from Bundy’s alma mater. Bundy received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington with a concentration in psychology before entering law school at the University of Utah.

Bundy stalked and killed college students. Kohberger, 28, is accused of doing the same.

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University of Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger (left) and serial killer Ted Bundy (right) are pictured side-by-side in their respective mug shots.
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Both also shared chilling similarities in their interests that pointed to crime: a Reddit post apparently belonging to Kohberger, unearthed shortly after his arrest, appeared to feature him ask questions about how crimes are committed, how victims are targeted, and how someone would exit a crime scene. Bundy, who was about the same age as Kohberger at the time of his first murders, spent time as deputy director of the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Commission in Olympia, Washington, where he wrote a pamphlet for women on rape prevention.

The most chilling comparison, however, is their similarities: In head-to-head comparisons of their mugshots posted to social media, both men have similar hairstyles and eyebrows, the same thin lips, scrawny cheekbones and matching ears, which spooked some Twitter users.

“I’m chilled by the similarities to Ted Bundy. Both studied psychology/criminology at the UW. …I was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority in the ’90s and we’ve never forgotten what Ted did,” @Meidas_ZobethC tweeted.

Although little is known about the motives behind the Idaho killings, the nature of the crimes drew comparisons to Bundy well before the photos were released Friday. In early December, John Henry Browne — Bundy’s former attorney — told news outlets he believes there were numerous similarities between the Idaho murders and those of his client, who left scant evidence early in his killing spree that left about three dozen dead.

“Only the randomness is actually something that stands out,” he told Fox News Digital in an interview this month. “Of course, most of Ted’s misconduct was accidental. There were times when Ted would follow people and then choose not to kill them. And that was his way of exercising his grandiosity, you know, ‘I can control life here and there.’ “

Kohberger is being held in Monroe County Court in Pennsylvania for extradition on a first-degree murder charge by the Moscow Police Department and the Latah County Attorney’s Office in Idaho.

Victims of the November 13 killings were Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle, both 20, and classmates Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, 21, who were all killed early that morning at their home off campus in Moscow.

Kohberger is expected in court next week. Bryan Kohberger Photo Sparks Ted Bundy Comparisons in looks, age, more

Rick Schindler

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