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Inside Idaho 'party house': Students were 'stabbed multiple times' while asleep in home with two entries

The Idaho party house was popular among University of Idaho students and it had two entries: a sliding backdoor and a keypad on the front door
UPDATED NOV 19, 2022
Four students of University of Idaho were murdered in a famous property located on King Road in Moscow. (Instagram/@kayleegoncalves; ABC screengrab)
Four students of University of Idaho were murdered in a famous property located on King Road in Moscow. (Instagram/@kayleegoncalves; ABC screengrab)

MOSCOW, IDAHO: What once used to be a popular party for the students of the University of Idaho has now become a horror spot after the murder of four students under mysterious circumstances. The "party house" has become infamous after four students were brutally murdered there on Sunday, November 13. The coroner reportedly said that the attacks were personal as the stab wounds were deep hinting at a motive. 

Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were found dead by one of their friends in the six-bedroom, three-story house located on King Road in Moscow. The property was fairly popular amongst the students of the University before the killings. Daily Mail obtained the photos of the Idaho party house and as per the outlet, there were only two ways for the killer to access the house - enter the code into the keypad lock on the front door or through the sliding door at the back which leads into the kitchen. However, Goncalves' sister Alivea has revealed that the code to the front door was widely known in the area simply because the place was so popular.


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A neighbor, Dakota Sparks, said that she was awake at the time of the murders, i.e., 3 am, but heard nothing. All the victims were reportedly stabbed multiple times in their sleep around 3 am. The police have not revealed if Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke, two other girls who were at the property, were being treated as suspects or a witnessses. Aaron Snell of the Idaho State Police told ABC, "No one has been included or excluded as a person of interest or a suspect. They are taking with detectives and they have been very cooperative." 

Keypad on front door and sliding door in the back

Alivea believed that the murders were done on purpose. In a conversation with NBC affiliate KHQ, she said, "Until we have someone in custody, there's no way with any amount of confidence to say this is isolated. Someone did this with a purpose — not once, not twice, not three times, but four. I don't know of anything scarier than that." Explaining the nature of the murders further, Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told NewsNation's Banfield, "It was late at night or early in the morning so it seems likely that they were sleeping. There were multiple stab wounds, yes, on them. Most of them had one [wound] that was the lethal wound. The fatal [wounds] were to the chest or upper body area. It was a pretty large knife. It's hard to call them puncture wounds because it was a large knife. It has to be somebody that's pretty angry in order to stab four people to death."

Kernodle's father Jeffrey believes the murderer entered through one of the doors. While speaking to the Arizona Family he said, "The door locks with a number code. Every time you go, you have to go around the house because of the number code so they either knew that or went around and maybe found the slider door open." This is a developing story and the police currently have no person of interest.