Bryan Kohberger: Idaho suspect chose to study criminology to 'commit perfect crime', claims profiler
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: The arrest of a suspect, identified as Bryan Christopher Kohberger, in the quadruple murder case has reportedly begun to raise questions about his academic choices. The 28-year-old was arrested on Friday, December 30, on a warrant for the first-degree murders of four University of Idaho students, who were killed in the early hours of November 13.
It has been found out that the alleged killer had done a master's in criminal justice. Not just that, during the time when Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were murdered, he was doing his PhD in criminology at Washington State University. Now, Enzo Yaksic, a criminal profiler and founder of the Atypical Homicide Research Group in Boston, has reportedly claimed that Kohberger intentionally chose to study crime and criminal minds.
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Yaksic said, “I suspect that Kohberger was well aware of his dark nature and homicidal ideation and endeavored to discover more about himself through his studies. But pursuing an advanced degree to become a better murderer is a foolhardy exercise as nothing more is learned about such tactics and strategies than can be found on a popular podcast or true crime book," as per Daily Mail.
“If Kohberger is an aspiring serial murderer who desired to commit the perfect murder, he quickly learned what many have discovered in the modern-age: it is far more difficult to get away with serial killing today than when Ted Bundy was active,” the author of ‘Killer Data: Modern Perspectives on Serial Murder’ shared.
Another expert, former FBI agent Jonathan T Gilliam has also commented on Kohberger and his degrees. He went on to mention a survey the suspect conducted on Reddit a few months ago as part of his studies. In the introduction of the survey, he has apparently written that “his Name is Bryan, and I am inviting you to participate in a research project that seeks to understand how emotions and psychological traits influence decision-making when committing a crime.”
Kohberger added in the research, “In particular, this study seeks to understand the story behind your most recent criminal offense, with an emphasis on your thoughts and feelings throughout your experience. In the event that your most recent offense was not one that led to a conviction, you may still participate,” as the disturbing questions were like – “Did you prepare for the crime before leaving your home?” “Why did you choose that victim or target over others?” and “What was the first move you made to accomplish your goal?”
Referring to that Gilliam told the outlet, “I suspect we'll find out he was becoming satiated for a period of time learning from these criminals -- but once that wasn't doing it anymore, he took it from fantasy to real life. Quite often, a person evolves over time, and as their desires evolve, the only way they can get those things satiated evolves too. Every step of the way, he probably became a little bit more odd and a little bit more deviant."
While Yaksic suggested that Kohberger was trying to “crowdsource the best ways to plan for and get away with crime,” he also added, “This line of questioning hints at an unsophisticated offender who was not confident in his own abilities." Yaksic further said, "It has always been a myth that uber-intelligent serial murderers are able to avoid all obstacles and remain one step ahead of the police. This case perfectly encapsulates how even someone with a graduate degree is no better able to get away with murder than a common thug.”