'Started with an older victim': Internet links Idaho suspect Bryan Kohberger to Pacific Northwest murders
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Internet sleuths are wondering whether Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger was involved in two other similar murders that took place in the Pacific Northwest after 2020. The 28-year-old, Kohberger, was arrested more than 2,000 miles away from where the murders took place and agreed to be extradited to Idaho from Pennsylvania. His lawyer reportedly said he was shocked at being arrested and was planning to deny the murders.
One of the murders the Internet is referring to is that of Sandra Ladd, who was found dead in her home with several stab wounds. Ladd, 71, was discovered dead in her Washougal, Washington, home on June 14, 2020. The location of her death is about a five-hour trip west from Moscow, Idaho. The other is the murder of Travis Juetten in Oregon, during which his wife Jamilyn was critically injured. Authorities said that on August 13, 2021, the couple was attacked by a burglar at about 3 am.
Kohberger has been accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death, namely, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, in an off-campus three-story rented home in the early hours of November 13. Authorities said that the gory scene where the students were killed was the “worst they’ve ever seen." Kohberger was nabbed in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, on Friday, December 30.
A user on Reddit has now questioned where Kohberger was at the time of Ladd and Juetten's murders. "Based on what is now known about Bryan Kohberger, I am sure they must be reinvestigating the other two similar murders that occurred in the Pacific Northwest after 2020. June 14, 2020 Washougal, Washington Sandra Ladd, 71, was found dead in her home with multiple stab wounds in her torso. Aug. 13, 2021 Salem Oregon Travis Juetten was murdered in his sleep around 3 a.m. and his wife Jamilyn was seriously injured fighting the killer off. The two murders happened 14 months apart and within 70 miles of one another. I would like to know where Bryan was on those Dates. Maybe he started with an easier older victim and was in the process of working his way into becoming a more prolific serial killer," one user wrote on Reddit.
"Makes you wonder...and it seems certainly possible...awful," one user wrote, while another said, "I was wondering if there aren’t any similar unsolved crimes in between Idaho and Pennsylvania that will also surface in connection to him." "Great question. I also wonder if there is a National Database of unsolved murders by year and location? If not there should be. Especially in today’s socially connected world. I may have to do a little research," said one user.
"There's no way of knowing until they complete their investigations. However, I find it hard to believe that he would be able to take down four people, even whilst they were sleeping, if he hadn't had a little practice. Could be wrong, but we shall see," one user said. "Agreed, I don’t think he would take that risk of starting with four," another agreed.
Kohberger was reportedly charged with four counts of murder in the first degree as well as felony burglary in connection with the deaths of the four students. Investigators have not publicly confirmed a motive for the murders. The suspect is a PhD student in Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and is said to have lived just minutes from the scene of the crime.
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