Beware the 13th! Date of University of Idaho murders sparks chilling new theory among Internet sleuths
MOSCOW, IDAHO: Investigations are underway in the brutal stabbing of four University of Idaho students - Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Ethan Chapin, 20; and Xana Kernodle, 20. Many clues and evidence have suggested different theories and inferences about the killings, but there is a new theory that is making the rounds that has to do with the date of the murders.
According to Newsweek, a subreddit on the Reddit app called r/idahomurders has been putting forward a theory about how the Idaho murders and a whole host of other stabbings had all taken place on the 13th day of a month! This user, named u/Sleuth58273 was the one who posted this theory, and regardless of how far-fetched and eerie it sounds, nothing can be left to chance.
This r/idahomurders subreddit is home to more than 17,000 Reddit users and has users posting numerous theories, observations, and opinions on the case. u/Sleuth58273 posted the theory about the date. “So, I was reading up on similar cases and there's several that have similarities to the Idaho case. A couple stabbed in Oregon 13th of August, 2021, late at night by unknown male. The woman survived. Resident in Illnois stabbed in their sleep, happened before 3am June the 13th, 2021. The person survived. An older woman stabbed to death at her home in Washougal, Washington. Her body was found on June 14th, 2020."
The user further tried to weave all of the facts together into a coherent point of contention by proposing this far-fetched theory. “All cases seem to involve an unknown male suspect with a knife late at night. The attacks seem to be tied to the same date: the 13th of some month. Or very close to it.” The user then added, “And we know the Idaho stabbing happened 13th of November. I find the number thing so specifically odd that it can't be a coincidence." Police are yet to provide confirmation on the gender or the possible relationship of the attacker with the slain students.
The r/idahomurders subreddit is home to some other theories as well. Another user named u/kanjil posted some new catches about the possible knife used to kill the students. A comment describing the model of the knife was found and is thought to be a ‘KM2000.’ The user then goes on to think that the killer was very specific about the weapon used, if at all it is the same knife. “Described as a "robust, professional knife" and "almost indestructible". What stuck out to me in the video was the thickness of the blade relative to his beefy hands... absolutely the type of knife i would imagine is perfect to be used on four victims successively. Also note how far the "crossguard" sticks out to prevent slippage as compared to the first rumored K-BAR.”