'They can't even spell homicide': Moscow PD slammed over website error as Idaho murder probe drags on
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: As the investigation into the University of Idaho murders crosses the one-month mark without any suspect, eagle-eyed internet sleuths seem to have found something peculiar on the official Moscow Police Department website. One user on social media pointed out a possible ‘spelling’ error in the Moscow PD website where they mentioned ‘homicide’ as ‘homocide.’
The user with the Twitter handle @TodayOnMyMind_ wrote, “The Moscow police have taken a few beatings over the investigation of the murder of the four students. I have to wonder about their investigative abilities when the police literally can’t even spell homicide. I think homocide is very different.” According to Britannica, 'Homicide’ refers to “the killing of one human being by another. Homicide is a general term and may refer to a noncriminal act as well as the criminal act of murder.” On the other hand, according to Urban Dictionary, “a twist on homicide, homocide is the killing of a homosexual person by another person, often committed by homophobic heterosexual people.”
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Moscow Police Department, however, has not clarified if the ‘spelling’ change in their recent update documents was intentional or was just a mistake. Earlier, on Friday, December 9, Moscow PD chief James Fry addressed various rumors circulating on social media and asserted that only the police have the right to disclose the truth. “We want people to pay attention to what we're putting out there because that is accurate information, and anything that comes from other sources is either rumor or speculation,” he remarked.
MOSCOW IDAHO MURDER INVESTIGATION— TodayOnMyMind (@TodayOnMyMind_) December 14, 2022
The Moscow police have taken a few beatings over the investigation of the murder of the four students. I have to wonder about their investigative abilities when the police literally can’t even spell homicide. I think homocide is very different. pic.twitter.com/3EvoHRQSsR
Authorities have also warned local residents to be cautious and travel in groups as winter commencement celebrations got underway on Saturday, December 10, and the murderer is still at large. According to a statement from the police, “With commencement this weekend, there will be an influx of people coming in from out of town. Moscow Police Department and Idaho State Police will provide coverage on campus and in the Moscow area. As always, we want to remind the public to stay vigilant, travel in groups, and communicate with family and friends as you travel.”
In the early hours of November 13, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were murdered in their rental house close to the university. The case has remained a mystery for almost a month, and neither the police nor the FBI has any solid leads, including a motive for the brutal stabbings.