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'Richard Speck and Darlie Routier': Internet discusses knife attacks that went unheard like Idaho murders

The web sleuths had previously wondered how nobody heard a thing when the Idaho students were murdered even though the neighboring houses were close
(L-R) Darlie Routier, Bryan Kohberger and Richard Speck (Rowlett Police Department, Monroe County Correctional Facility via Getty Images, Dallas Police Department/Wikimedia Commons)
(L-R) Darlie Routier, Bryan Kohberger and Richard Speck (Rowlett Police Department, Monroe County Correctional Facility via Getty Images, Dallas Police Department/Wikimedia Commons)

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MOSCOW, IDAHO: In the aftermath of the Idaho murders, social media users are talking about other cases of knife attacks where the victims' screams were not heard by anyone. The Idaho suspect, 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger, 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. Kohberger was arrested in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, on December 30.

The Internet had previously wondered how nobody heard a thing as the students were murdered even though, according to witnesses, the Idaho murder house was close to other houses in the area. "The Keddie Murders that happened in 1981 which took place in Keddie, CA. It’s still unsolved to this day," one user said on Reddit about a quadruple homicide of Glenna Susan "Sue" Sharp, daughter Tina Louise Sharp, son John Steven Sharp and John's friend Dana Hall Wingate. Another user said, "One of Gao Chengyong's victims was killed in her house. Her brother slept next room while she was stabbed 8-10 times and raped. Supposedly he (or the victim) had been playing classical music that night and he couldn't hear her over the music, adding, "In my country Singapore, one of the most infamous crimes was the Geylang Bahru Sibling murders where 4 children were stabbed and hacked to death in 1979. They lived in flats/apartments and people were in neighbouring flats but no one heard a thing."


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"Jesse Valencia was running down the sidewalk when Steven Rios killed him with a knife. A neighbor reported hearing an argument in Jesses apartment but once he left the apartment no one on the street heard a thing," one user said, while another wrote, "Katie Janness and her dog were stabbed in Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Despite it being late at night people were around and no one heard or saw anything."



"Richard Speck, killed and mutilated 8 nursing students in Chicago. No one heard a thing until the only survivor climbed out a window and started screaming," one user said. Another wrote, "Darlie Routier killed her sons with a knife while they were sleeping." "I attest to the Gainesville murders. I lived there at that time and went to one of the apartment units where one of the killings happened and the apartments shared a wall. Nobody heard a thing! RIP to the five victims," one said.




A USA Today compilation of statistics since 2006 says that mass murders with knives are very rare. "The majority of mass killings are fatal mass shootings. These events usually happen about two dozen times a year. Analysis shows non-gun-related deaths make up just under 20% of mass killings," the article says. The article also said that mass killers are typically "angry, aggrieved, emotionally unstable people who seek retribution or revenge for perceived mistreatment, rejection or humiliation."

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