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University of Idaho murders: Cops zero in on Reserve Officers' Training Corps for 'Rambo'-style knife

Investigators believe the weapon used in the brutal slaying was a combat knife and it could’ve been sourced for the University of Idaho ROTC program
Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were brutally murdered on Nov 13 (University of Idaho/Facebook and @xanakernodle/Instagram)
Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were brutally murdered on Nov 13 (University of Idaho/Facebook and @xanakernodle/Instagram)

MOSCOW, IDAHO: The Idaho murders are causing a stir as the killer behind the brutal murders is still at large. According to, police are investigating the tragic deaths of four University of Idaho students on Sunday, Nov 13, and are suspecting a connection to Reserve Officers' Training Corps over the tragic incident. Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a college program offered to students to prepare them to become officers in the US military.

Law enforcement sources indicated that although investigators have not found the weapon involved in the quadruple slaying, a Rambo-style knife is believed to have been used by the killer and it could've been sourced from ROTC.“Police believe a Ka-Bar-style knife was used in the murders, and they’ve already ruled out that type of weapon was for sale at a local store,” a source told


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“This is a very unique style of a knife which is about six inches long.” The knife has been described as similar to the 'Rambo'-style knife wielded by Sylvester Stallone. A Ka-Bar knife features a blade on one side and a serrated edge on the other. According to the company's website, the U.S. Marine Corps began issuing combat knives in the 1940s. The Marines, the Army, the Navy, the Coast Guard, and the Underwater Demolition Teams later adopted the knife.

A police source stated, “Clearly investigators want to know if the University of Idaho’s Reserve Officers' Training Corps program had any Ka-Bar knives in its archive or on display." According to an insider, investigators are trying to figure out whether the weapon was swiped by the killer or the killers who committed the crimes. As stated on the University of Idaho's official website, ROTC courses are provided at the school by the US Air Force, Army, and Navy. Mark Fuhrman, a retired LAPD detective, told Fox News "a knife is a weapon of rage."

Ethan Chapin, a 20-year-old from Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, a 21-year-old from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, from Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, from Rathdrum, Idaho are the four victims of this frightening incident who were found in an Idaho home, stabbed to death with an 'edged weapon'. The police discovered the bodies of the students on November 13, afternoon when they responded to a report of an unconscious person at a home a few steps away from the college campus.

As part of Sunday's press conference, officials held back from naming a suspect in the quadruple homicide. Coroner's reports state that the victims may have been asleep during the attack. In addition, police have confirmed some of the victims were stabbed multiple times and had defensive wounds.