The crime that shook America

Police arrested 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger in Monroe County, Pennsylvania on Friday in connection with the killing of four University of Idaho students who were killed in the early hours of November 13.

Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death in a shared college dorm in the Idaho city of Moscow.

Prior to Kohberger’s arrest, police were criticized for the progress of their investigation and the amount of information provided, including by the family of one of the victims.

news week walked the timeline of a crime that shocked America and investigators’ response.

Saturday, 11/12

That evening, Goncalves and Mogen went to the Corner Club, a bar at 202 North Main Street, while Kernodle and Chapin, who were in a relationship, went to a college party at Sigma Chi’s home.

Sunday, November 13th

After leaving the club, Goncalves and Mogen were photographed at 1:41am by the Grub truck, a mobile outlet where they ordered food before arriving home in a private vehicle at 1:56am, according to police.

Kernodle and Chapin returned from their party at around 1:45 am. Between 2:26 a.m. and 2:44 a.m., Goncalves made repeated attempts to call an ex-boyfriend whom police said her sister eliminated as a suspect.

Between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., the four students were attacked in their beds with a fixed-blade weapon. Goncalves, Mogen and Kernodle lived on the property while Chapin spent the night at his girlfriend’s. Two other students in the house survived the attack and were unharmed.

At 11:58 a.m., one of the two surviving students called 911 to report an unconscious person. When officers arrived, they discovered the four bodies.

Homage to murdered Idaho University students
Main image, a tribute to four University of Idaho students, Insert, who were stabbed to death in the early hours of November 13. Newsweek created a timeline showing the major events of the crime and the subsequent police investigation.
ANGELA PALERMO/IDAHO STATESMAN/TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE/GETTY

Monday, November 14th

The identities of the four murder victims are confirmed by Moscow police in a statement, while Moscow Mayor Art Bettge condemned the “senseless acts of violence”.

Police said they do not believe there is an ongoing risk to the community based on the information gathered during the preliminary investigation.

Tuesday, 11/15

Police released another statement, describing the incident as an “isolated, targeted attack” and saying there was “no immediate threat to the community at large.”

Wednesday, 11/16

Moscow Police Chief James Fry held his first press conference on the case, drawing on earlier police claims that there was no danger to the wider public.

He commented: “We don’t have a suspect at this time and that person is still out there. We cannot say there is no threat to the community and as we have said please remain vigilant.”

Monday, 11/21

Moscow police say there is no link between the killings and a dog found dead and skinned on October 21.

The department said, “Detectives are aware of an incident by the Latah County Sheriff’s Office reporting a skinned dog and have determined it was unrelated to that incident.”

Wednesday, November 30th

Police are releasing a list of people who had interacted with the victims but were not treated as suspects. These included the two surviving housemates, Goncalves and Mogen’s drivers, and a man the couple had spoken to at the Grub truck.

Monday, December 5th

Steve Goncalves, Kaylee Goncalves’ father, has criticized the police for their investigation and the amount of information they provided to the victims’ families.

Speak with FoxNews He said: “They screwed it up a million times. But I can’t say that because what’s Steve’s experience? He does not know. He’s just a dad who woke up one day and had his life turned upside down.”

The Goncalves family later hired a lawyer to manage their dealings with the police.

Wednesday December 7th

Police want to speak to the driver of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra who was seen near the scene in the early hours of November 13.

They said, “Investigators believe the occupants of this vehicle may have important information to share about this case.”

Monday 12 December

During another interview with FoxNews Steve Goncalves said police were “cowards” for not providing more information about the attack and said his daughter’s wounds “didn’t even come close to matching those of at least one other victim”.

Friday December 30th

Police arrested Kohberger near Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Washington State University graduate student is charged with four first-degree murders and burglary.

At a news conference, Moscow Police Chief James Fry said: “We have an individual in custody who committed these horrific crimes and I believe our community is safe, but we still have to be vigilant.”

Moscow police have been asked for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/idaho-murders-timeline-crime-that-rocked-america-1770545 The crime that shook America

Rick Schindler

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