Who did Bryan Kohberger DM on Instagram? Report claims he pestered an Idaho victim weeks before crime
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: A new development suggests that two weeks before the slayings of four University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, in the early hours of November 13, 2022, the 28-year-old criminology student Bryan Kohberger sent a series of messages to one of the victims on Instagram. However, it is still unknown which victim he messaged.
An investigator familiar with the case told People that the suspect, who got arrested on December 30, 2022, reached out to one of the victims on Instagram repeatedly in an attempt to get her attention. "He slid into one of the girls' DMs several times but she didn't respond. Basically, it was just him saying, 'Hey, how are you?' But he did it again and again." There are no details on why Kohberger didn't get a response to his messages, but authorities say, "She may not have seen them, because they went into message requests. We're still trying to determine how aware the victims were of his existence. There's no indication that he was getting frustrated with her lack of response but he was definitely persistent."
Instagram users are not notified when they receive a message from someone if they do not follow that individual. The messages go into a special folder.
Following the update, many had a mixed take on this and pressumed it to be Goncalves with one Reddit user writing, "If this is true it had to be Kaylee, right? Xana and Maddie both had pictures with their boyfriends." Another said, "I would think it probably would not have been Kaylee cause I already know the family would have gone public with it as soon as they checked his name in her message requests. So Madison or Xana." One more wrote, "It feels gross to speculate about but I really think that Maddie was the intended target. It was her room they were in, he went upstairs first (we know this because per PCA he walked to sliding glass door after Xana's room) and seems like he knew where to go since they were the first killed."
Pointing out, “It's unclear why Kohberger didn't get a response to his messages, but authorities say that the victim may have missed them completely,” a user wrote, "maybe it’s possible she just didn’t want to carry on a conversation with a very persistent, complete stranger. On the other hand, one suggested by saying, "If this is true and not completely made up, it's a good reminder that we should be encouraging everyone in our lives, especially young women, to lock down their socials and be careful what they post."
Kohberger faces four counts of first-degree murder
Kohberger, who graduated from DeSales University in Pennsylvania in May 2022 with a master of arts in criminal justice and is a PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, faces four counts of first-degree murder and a felony burglary charge for allegedly entering the home with intent to kill, as previously reported. He could face the death penalty if convicted. He is due back in court in June for a hearing.
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