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Idaho murders: Adam Levine accuser Alanna Zabel recalls horrifying attack on Buffalo roommate in 1992

Alanna Zabel, 50, the roommate of 1992 Buffalo University victim, says that just like the Idaho murders, the roommates had slept through the night of the attack
UPDATED NOV 30, 2022
The Idaho murders have brought back terrible memories of a similar attack in Buffalo wherein Alanna Zabel (R) saved her roommate from brutal attack in 1992 (@kayleegoncalves/Instagram; Alanna Zabel/Facebook)
The Idaho murders have brought back terrible memories of a similar attack in Buffalo wherein Alanna Zabel (R) saved her roommate from brutal attack in 1992 (@kayleegoncalves/Instagram; Alanna Zabel/Facebook)

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MOSCOW, IDAHO: The stabbing of the University of Idaho students - Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20 - has left the entire community in fear. The brutal murder has reignited memories of a similar incident that took place three decades ago. In 1992, a college student in Buffalo, NYC, was found close to death by her roommate. The student was beaten and raped by an unknown person. 

The roommate, Alanna Zabel, who found the victim in the 1992 attack is now 50 years old. Zabel has recently been in the news for accusing Adam Levine of sending her an inappropriate text when she trained him as a yoga teacher. When the news of the Idaho attack was out, Zabel said she was struck by how similar it was to what she had witnessed years ago. Zabel lived in a three-story home with her sorority sisters at the University of Buffalo when the incident took place.


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"When my [former] housemates and I saw the news, I first went into shock. People kept messaging me, ‘Can you believe how similar this is?” Zabel and her roommates attended a sorority party at the Sigma Chi house just like Chapin and Kernodle were the night they were stabbed to death.

Zabel then talked to FOX News about how the victim was the first one to leave for home from the party. She describes her as “a gorgeous, strong, independent woman from Long Island.” Zabel, who today, owns a yoga studio in Santa Monica, California said, “We were all hammered.” And when Zabel went back to her apartment a little after 3am, it was locked. The victim had said she’ll let her in when she came but she was not answering her phone.

Former FBI investigator believes that someone in the slain college students' 'orbit' caused the Idaho quadruple murders (@xanakernodle/Instagram, @kayleegoncalves/Instagram)
University of Idaho students - Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle - were stabbed to death  (@xanakernodle/Instagram, @kayleegoncalves/Instagram)

"I heard heavy breathing and thought she might be in there with her boyfriend," she said. Zabel ended up getting in through the bathroom window and sneaking into bed. "I turned off my light then I heard someone in my room and I lifted my head, but there was no one there, then the front door of the house closed," Zabel recalled. "I realized later that he [assailant] came into my room. It still chills me to this day."

The next morning, Zabel woke up to the worst sight of her life. "I didn't see any blood," Zabel said. "Her tongue was sticking up, there was liquid caked on her face. I thought she had choked on her vomit and I called 911 and said my housemate choked on her vomit." Just as in the Idaho attack, the roommates had slept through the night of the attack. It also took hours before someone called 911, just like in the present case. "We always assumed it was a fraternity brother. We couldn't get out of the box of thinking it was someone we knew," Zabel said.

Years later, Curtis A Croskery was arrested on charges of rape and attempted murder after his DNA matched what the investigators found on the victim’s sock. The victim, who suffered permanent brain damage and was in a coma for months, has no memory of the brutal attack. "It's a miracle she survived," Zabel said. 

Zabel was the fourth woman to come forward with accusatory claims against Adam Levine after influencer Sumner Stroh first implied that the 'Girls Like You' singer was less than faithful to wife Behati Prinsloo, who he married in 2014. According to Zabel, Levine had sent her a text message that said, "I want to spend the day with you naked." Things did not end well for Zabel, who alleges that when her ex-boyfriend read the message, he snapped her wrist in a jealous frenzy. "Levine knew what I was going through with my then-boyfriend who became abusive, and instead of responding to my text, he simply cut me off," Zabel stated, adding that "he ignored it, never apologized, removed me from the upcoming tour and iced me out during one of the most devastating times of my life…all [stemming] from his one flirtatious text."