The Idaho College Murders: Everything we know so far

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My name is Saffron McKee. I am a Journalism student at Glasgow Clyde College. I am fascinated by investigative true-crime journalism.
The Idaho college murders case has taken over the news worldwide.
The horrific murders of four University of Idaho students were found stabbed to death in their off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, on November 13, 2022.

This case has sent shockwaves across the college town which hadn’t seen a murder in several years, and left the community fearful as a suspect in the case remained a mystery for more than a month-and-a-half. This caused many online to create conspiracy theories.

The victims Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were killed early morning hours of Nov. 13 in what police initially called a “targeted attack.” After weeks of investigations and over 19,000 tips nationwide and from the local community, Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student of criminology at Washington State University, just 8 miles from the murder scene, was arrested as a primary suspect in late December.

Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were best friends since childhood. They both went to college together and died in the same bed together.

Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves at senior prom together.

This is an audio clip of Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves at a food truck a couple of hours before their estimated times of death.



The Moscow, Idaho police sources told the Daily Mail the crime scene was “the worst they’ve ever seen”.

Ben Mogen, Maddie’s father, had been clinging onto hope that the murderer who violently stabbed his daughter and her three best friends to death would be brought to some form of justice.

Mr Kohberger is facing the death penalty on charges of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary over the quadruple homicide of Mogen, Goncalves, Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in the college town of Moscow, Idaho.

Court documents unsealed last week showed that 15 items – including hairs, receipts, a computer tower, a disposable glove and items with red stains – were recovered from Mr Kohberger’s home in Pullman, Washington, during a search in late December.

If convicted of the four murders, Mr Kohberger faces the possibility of lethal injection, should the prosecution seek the death penalty.

In the state of Idaho, the maximum sentence for first-degree murder is death and the suspect is facing four counts of this charge. Source- The Daily Mail

I interviewed my cousin Aliyah Rodgers, 18, and asked her if she felt safe starting college this year at Old Dominion University in Virginia, USA. I asked her how she felt about living on campus after hearing about these murders.

She said; ” I am going to be more cautious on campus since these students got murdered. It did make me question even going at all. I definitely won’t be going to as many sorority parties and things like that. But I do believe we shouldn’t let this awful crime change how we live our normal lives”.


Kaylee Goncalves’ parents have already said that they want their daughter’s killer to be sentenced to death saying he “has to pay” for what he has done.

I asked my mum who is from Virginia a few questions about how she’s seen campus life change since she went to college in America and if she feels the crime levels have made younger people consider even going to college. Our audio from our interview is below and also a clip from YouTube showing Bryan Kohberger hearing his offences.

Here is a clip sourced from YouTube where you can hear the judge reading Bryan Kohberger’s charges in the trial.
Madison Mogen and her long term boyfriend.
Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, and Xana Kernodle.

“If you want to play god’s role, you’re gonna have to go answer to him,”

Steve Goncalves, Kaylee’s father told News Nation in early January.

Kaylee Goncalves and her best friend Madison Mogen.
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