Bryan Kohberger applied for police internship before Idaho murders, wanted to be in law enforcement
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Bryan Kohberger, who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, had his first court appearance on Thursday, January 5. Following the hearing, a number of previously undisclosed facts have come to light, including the fact that Kohberger reportedly applied for an internship with his local Washington State police department weeks before the quadruple homicide in Moscow, Idaho.
Kohberger, a PhD student in criminology at Washington State University, desired to work as an intern with the Pullman Police Department for the Fall 2022 semester, according to court documents obtained by the New York Post. The alleged murderer stated in an essay he included with his application that he wished to help "rural law enforcement agencies with how to better collect and analyze technological data in public safety operations," according to the affidavit. One of the officers, who conducted his interview for the internship, gave his application materials to Moscow police, who were looking into the four University of Idaho students' murders.
Kohberger had an enduring interest in joining the police force and lived in Pullman, which was only 10 miles from the University of Idaho. The Daily Beast reported that Kohberger's former Pleasant Valley High School instructor as saying that he was "passionate about criminal justice."
The unidentified teacher said, "I thought he would become a police officer or correctional officer. He liked to watch movies about police, and ask me the next day if I’d seen it. It was more than a hobby for him, he was always asking questions." Fox News even showed a photo of Kohberger from his sophomore where he is shown doing a pushup in a law enforcement class while sporting an Army uniform. Kohberger's former friend Nick Mcloughlin stated that Kohberger took criminal justice classes at his nearby vocational school during his final year of high school in preparation for a prospective career as a police officer.
Mcloughlin also stated that same year Kohberger started boxing that year, developed a "aggressive attitude," and started picking on his classmates. Kohberger later went on to graduate with a psychology degree from Northampton Community College in 2018 and a master's degree in criminal justice from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania in 2022.
A survey Kohberger published on Reddit while he was a student at DeSales was specifically mentioned in the affidavit. "The survey asked for participants to provide information to 'understand how emotions and psychological traits influence decision-making when committing a crime'," the affidavit stated. Former convicts were asked to describe their pre-crime planning and victim selection processes in Kohberger's survey.