Idaho murderer is likely a 'first-time killer' and young man comfortable with blood, claims ex-FBI profiler

The killer may have been motivated by 'revenge or rejection or some kind of insult,' said Jim Clemente

Idaho murderer is likely a 'first-time killer' and young man comfortable with blood, claims ex-FBI profiler
University of Idaho students Maddie Mogen, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle and Kaylee Goncalves were murdered on November 13 (@kayleegoncalves/@xanakernodle /Instagram)
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: The cold-blooded murder suspect of four University of Idaho students is likely a “younger” man and a first-time killer, said former FBI profiler Jim Clemente said. Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were viciously stabbed to death on November 13 in an off-campus housing unit in Moscow, Idaho.

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Jim Clemente, a criminal behavioral expert and former New York State prosecutor, believes the murderer knew one of the deceased victims or had been stalking one of them. “Going into an occupied dwelling with six young adults, any of whom could have a knife or a gun or a cell phone to call the police is extremely risky unless you know the circumstances inside,” he said. 

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4 University of Idaho students- Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, & Kaylee Goncalves, 21- were brutally murdered. (@xanakernodle and @kayleegoncalves/Instagram and Screenshot Good Morning America)
University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, & Kaylee Goncalves, 21 were brutally murdered inside their off-campus Idaho home (@kayleegoncalves/Instagram and Screenshot Good Morning America)

Clemente added that the killer could be a male and comfortable with blood as he was able to fatally stab the three women and a man in a quick succession. He also noted that the suspect could be a hunter or work as a butcher. “He doesn’t mind the wet work of getting his hands dirty, and his profession will probably say the same thing,” Clemente told New York Post. The FBI profiler also believes it was a "targeted attack" as the killer “may not have known which room exactly the person was going to be in.” “They may have stopped at four victims because they got to their intended victim,” he said, noting it likely was not a “random attack.”

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While investigators are also looking into the information they received about "Kaylee Goncalves having a stalker,” they have hit a dead end. The Moscow Police said in an update on the investigation on Tuesday night. “They have pursued hundreds of pieces of information related to this topic and have not been able to verify or identify a stalker. Authorities also claim that the knife-wielding killer as "sloppy," not an experienced killer, and maybe a young unsophisticated person, adding the aftermath of the murder was the most gruesome scene they had witnessed. 

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“I don’t think he’s the experienced killer. I don’t think this guy’s done this before,” Clemente said, adding the stabber may have been motivated by “revenge or rejection or some kind of insult,” he told the source. Pete Yachmetz, a security consultant and former FBI agent, agreeing with Clemente said, "I feel the subject maybe a young unsophisticated person because the crime scene was apparently massive." “Going into an occupied home where there were six people in different rooms in the middle of the night is pretty dangerous.” Officials also believe the criminal could have fled the town after the killing after getting a nine-hour head start before the alarm was raised.

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