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'I was fortunate to escape': Internet user who 'witnessed a murder' empathizes with Idaho victims' families

'I have great empathy for the Idaho victims who survived, especially Dylan, she will never fully recover,' the user said
Bryan Kohberger is accused of murdering Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin (@kayleegoncalves/Instagram, @xanakernodle/Instagram, Ted S Warren - Pool/Getty Images)
Bryan Kohberger is accused of murdering Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin (@kayleegoncalves/Instagram, @xanakernodle/Instagram, Ted S Warren - Pool/Getty Images)

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MOSCOW, IDAHO: In the aftermath of the Idaho killings, a social media user has opened up about a horrifying murder they allegedly witnessed 30 years ago. "2023 marks 30 years since I was a witness in a terrible murder," the user said, adding that they remember it as if it happened just yesterday.

"The perpetrator used a tomahawk instead of a knife. The perpetrator had murdered his own father while sleeping," the user wrote on Reddit. "The amount of stab wounds we are imaging with the Idaho murders is at least the amount of wounds my father-in-law suffered. I was fortunate to escape with my life. My 3 year old son, also the child of the perpetrator, was also unharmed physically. I remember sitting in the stand giving evidence only 2-3 metres away from him. He was wearing shoes that needed laces. He wasn't allowed to wear the laces. I focused on his shoes with no laces because I found it amusing. It was the only thing that was amusing."


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"Murders such as the Idaho four, bring up many emotions as I can relate to most/all of the characters involved. I somewhat know what they are currently experiencing and what their future will be like," the user continued. "Fortunately, most people will never know what it is like to endure such a traumatic thing. My son (now 33) has commented on how overly protective I was of him as he was growing up. Of course, what happened to us changed me, changed us forever."

"I have great empathy for the Idaho victims who survived, especially Dylan. She will never fully recover. Bethany will also be traumatised. I have great empathy for the accused perpetrator's family. I have great empathy for the families of the murdered victims," the user added. 


The suspect in the Idaho murders, Bryan Kohberger, was arrested in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, on December 30. The 28-year-old has been accused of fatally stabbing Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, in their off-campus three-story rented home on November 13, 2022.

The weapon used to stab four University of Idaho students to death is believed to be a fixed-blade Ka-Bar-style knife, which has still not been found. However, DNA found on a knife sheath recovered from the crime scene linked Bryan Kohberger, 28, to the murders.

Reacting to the user's post, another user said, "Jesus, that is horrible. I’m sorry you had to go through that. I witnessed a murder in a parking lot when I was 15. Weirdly enough, I knew the killer, not the victim. I still have nightmares about it almost 30 years later." Another said, "Wow. Sorry you had to go through this. I commend you for being and staying strong for you and your son. Many would have developed other ways to cope like alcoholism and drug addiction. Most likely mental heath issues. And in your case PTSD. The story you are sharing is amazing. I couldn’t even image being in a situation like yours , again thanks for sharing. And continue to stay strong." 



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