'Always looking for a way to fit in': Bryan Kohberger's classmate remembers him as being 'super awkward'
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Bryan Kohberger, 28, has been arrested and charged with the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students. Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21 were stabbed to death on November 13 as they slept in their off-campus home on King Road. According to Kohberger's WSU classmate Ben Roberts, the Idaho murders suspect was "super awkward" and appeared to have a deep interest in crime.
Kohberger was a PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. He was arrested at his parents' home in eastern Pennsylvania, more than 2,500 miles away from the town of Moscow. Shortly after Kohberger's arrest was announced, WSU took down a graduate student page listing his name.
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Roberts, a graduate student in the criminology and criminal justice department at WSU, described Kohberger as confident and outgoing. It seemed like "he was always looking for a way to fit in", Roberts told the AP.
"I had honestly just pegged him as being super awkward," he said.
Roberts started the program in August along with Kohberger and had several courses with him. He described Kohberger as wanting to appear academic. "One thing he would always do, almost without fail, was find the most complicated way to explain something," he said. “He had to make sure you knew that he knew it.”
Apparently, Kohberger had released an online questionnaire on Reddit while working on his research paper. He wrote, “My 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 continued while urging criminals to contribute to his study, “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.”
١٢-— أحمدصالحAhmd Saleh (@iAHMEDsalleh) December 30, 2022
Questionnaire from Bryan Christopher Kohberger research on criminology!#Idaho4 pic.twitter.com/bDu5nEbZol
The survey included questions such as, "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?".
The post was signed "Student Investigator: Bryan Kohberger".
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