Idaho student murder suspect had interest in criminal minds

About two weeks before four University of Idaho students were found stabbed to death in a home near campus, Bryan Kohberger was sitting in a criminology class at a college just a short drive away, leaning into a conversation about forensics, DNA and other evidence prosecutors use to win convictions, write Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Rachel Sun, Mike Baker and Serge F Kovaleski for The New York Times.

The 28-year-old graduate student seemed highly engaged in the discussion, a former classmate recalled. It was a subject that had long captivated Kohberger, who had researched the mind-sets of criminals, studied under a professor in Pennsylvania known for her expertise on serial killers and, for the last few months, pursued a PhD in criminology at Washington State University, about 10 miles from the Idaho crime scene.

Less than two months later, Kohberger would be the subject of a criminal inquiry, arrested on Friday December 30 2022, and charged with the murder of the four Idaho students.

Investigators have yet to outline a motive. However, the details emerging about Kohberger’s deep interest in the psychology of criminals has opened another layer of mystery in a case that has traumatised the college town of Moscow, Idaho, and spawned countless theories from people around the country who followed the case in captivated horror.
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