Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students
Moscow police believe that only one of the four University of Idaho students stabbed to death in an off-campus rental home was the intended “target” of the quadruple murders, according to the father of victim Kaylee Goncalves.
Ever since law enforcement made the grim discovery on 13 November, officials have described the attack as “targeted” but have refused to reveal what has led them to that conclusion.
“I’ve been told it’s one, but then again, there’s the bigness like it’s purposely big,” Steve Goncalves said on Wednesday.
It is not clear who among Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin is believed to be the target and no motive is known at this time.
Police are continuing to explore claims that Goncalves had a stalker – a claim that they have not been able to verify or rule out yet.
Now, nearly two weeks into the investigation, officials are also exploring a potential link between the slayings and a 2021 unsolved stabbing murder in Oregon. The mother of the Oregon victim told The Independent on Thursday she hopes investigators can get answers for all five slain victims.
Police unable to confirm or deny stalker claims
Moscow police have been unable to confirm or deny widely-circulated claims that murder victim Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker.
Goncalves, 21, was found brutally stabbed to death on 13 November along with her roommates Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Xana’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20.
Since the killings, it has emerged that Goncalves had complained to friends about a stalker.
On Wednesday, Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier said that investigators had been “looking extensively” into the claims but were unable to confirm the existence of a stalker – but were also unable to rule it out.
“We obtained information through some of our interviews that Kaylee had made some comments about having a stalker, so that’s where that came from,” he said.
“So far we have not been able to corroborate that, but we are not done looking at that piece of information.”
Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 11:00
Moscow falls quiet as students flee in wake of murders
The community has shrunk since the murders; UI senior Dylan Bartels couldn’t believe how quickly his campus emptied out when he went to class two days after the murders.
“Normally, I have to drive around five minutes trying to find a parking spot; I pulled in and one of the closest spots is open,” he told The Independent’s Sheila Flynn on the ground in Moscow this week.
“I mean, literally, the student population going to class declined by 50 per cent. Overnight.”
A 6’2”, 240-pound former member of the UI football team, the Colorado native says he’s one of the few staying on campus – and he, too, is nervous.
“I’m here til Christmas; I don’t have the option to go home,” he said.
“And for me, it’s concerning … we have no idea if this was a student or was not. And it puts me on edge, the fact that I need to go sit in a classroom and I could be sitting next to someone that unstable. Whoever that is that did this, you know, that’s a very unstable person who even had the reasoning to be able to take this on.”
Mr Bartels, 22, says he’s not a big partier but would sometimes “go down to one of the local bars and grab a couple of drinks on a Friday night.
“I haven’t done that since this happened, and I won’t,” he said.
Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 10:00
Guns, deadbolts and a mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho college town after quadruple murder
Moscow Lock Shop can’t keep up with the demand for deadbolts.
The calls started coming in just hours after police discovered four University of Idaho students fatally stabbed on 13 November. Then the phone started ringing even more; by Thursday, the number of calls had reached 50 in a day.
“If you imagine that there’s two of us working, and then we’re going out and actually doing calls, and there’s 50 phone calls in one day … we’re not getting them all done,” locksmith Casper Combs, 28, tells The Independent, pointing out that it takes about an hour to install each deadbolt.
The Lock Shop has a waiting list “past Thanksgiving, that’s for sure,” he says. Most of the calls come from landlords and scared parents of students at UI, which is less than a mile away – “typically moms who are worried about their kids.”
The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports from the on the ground in Moscow:
Guns, deadbolts and mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho town after murders
Parents are ordering deadbolts, teens are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow. There is a killer – or killers – on the loose, ten days after four college students were murdered in their beds. Locals tell Sheila Flynn how fear is deepening as time goes by without any arrests and with little information from police
Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 08:00
What happened during the victims’ final hours?
The University of Idaho campus had been busy the day before the murder, Sheila Flynn reports.
The Vandals had prepared for a home game against the UC Davis Aggies in the 16,000-seat Kibbie Dome, unaware of the dark cloud that would linger over the town of just 25,000 for days to come.
Sheila writes: “Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen, both 21 and childhood best friends, were heading together to the bars downtown. Xana Kernodle, 20, was planning to hang out with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin.”
Less than 12 hours later, they all had been killed.
The Independent has a detailed account of the victim’s final hours:
Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 07:00
Mother of murdered Oregon man speaks out after police reveal possible link to Idaho student slayings
The grieving mother of a 26-year-old man murdered in Oregon last year says she has been given “hope” that the case will finally be solved after police revealed they are exploring a potential link to the murders of four University of Idaho students in Moscow.
Myra Juetten told The Independent on Thursday that finding out who killed her son Travis Juetten in a brutal stabbing attack in his home in Silverton, Oregon – and also catching the killer of the slain students in Idaho – would be “the best Christmas present ever”.
“I want answers for all five of them,” she said of the victims.
“If law enforcement can work together and solve both cases that would be the best Christmas present ever.”
The Independent‘s Rachel Sharp has the full story:
Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 06:00
Roommates butchered in bed, 600 tips with no suspect, weapon or witnesses: The Idaho murder mystery that’s stumped police
The university town of Moscow, Idaho, woke up on Monday with law enforcement everywhere, students scarce and answers still elusive in the frustrating – and terrifying – investigation into the vicious quadruple murder of four college kids.
The bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, were discovered around noon on Sunday 13 November.
All four had been brutally stabbed and were found on the second and third floors of a house just two blocks from the University of Idaho campus. Chapin, a Sigma Chi fraternity member, was spending the night with his girlfriend, Kernodle; she and the other two victims lived with two more female roommates in the three-storey home on King Road.
Almost everything that happened after 1.45am on 13 November inside the college home where four students were murdered still remains a mystery – compounded by changing stories from law enforcement and wild social media speculation that has seeped into the local rumour mill.
The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports from on the ground in Moscow:
Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 05:00
What we know about 911 call:
All four victims are believed to have been killed at around 3am or 4am on the morning of 13 November.
The attack was brutal with each victim stabbed multiple times.
Police were not called to the home until 11.58am on Sunday.
Police said that the roommates slept through what happened and when they woke up on the Sunday, they called some unidentified friends to the home because they believed that one of the victims on the second floor “had passed out and was not waking up”.
After the friends arrived on the scene, one person in the group made the 911 call from the cellphone of one of the roommates.
In the call, the individual reported an “unconscious individual”.
The roommates and the unidentified friends were still on the scene when officers arrived.
Police are continuing to remain tightlipped about the identity of the caller. It is also unclear what the roommates and “other friends” had discovered prior to placing the call and what led them to describe a victim as merely “unconscious”.
Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 04:00
Families of the Idaho murder victims, separated by hundreds of miles but united in sorrow, have begun the process of publicly grieving.
The first of four services was held on Monday in the Washington State hometown of 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, the sole male victim of the quadruple homicide more than a week earlier near the University of Idaho. He was found brutally stabbed along with his girlfriend, Xana Kernodle, 20, and her roommates Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21. All four were UI students and their killer is still at large.
Ethan’s memorial was closed to the media. As hundreds gathered to pay their respects, the three other victims’ families were also grieving six hours away in Idaho – and pleading for an end to wild speculation about the case that has both amplified their pain and complicated investigations.
“All the noise out there is really harming the families,” a friend of Kristi and Steve Goncalves, Kaylee’s parents, told The Independent. “And it’s taking the police down trails that are not real and taking them away from the ones that are.”
The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports from on the ground in Moscow:
Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 03:00
Moscow police ‘stumped’ after surviving roommates sleep through attack
Police investigating the violent murders of four University of Idaho students have admitted that they’re stumped as to how the two surviving roommates managed to sleep through the brutal knife attack without being woken.
Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death inside a home in King Road, Moscow, in the early hours of the morning of 13 November. The coroner said that they were stabbed multiple times each with a large knife and were likely sleeping in bed when the attack unfolded. Their bodies were found on the second and third floors of the three-storey home.
The surviving roommates were on the first floor of the home.
Goncalves and Mogen had spent Saturday night at a bar in downtown Moscow while Kernodle and Chapin attended a sorority party on campus together. All four victims returned to the home at around 1.45am.
The three female victims live inside the home close to the university campus, along with two other female students.
Police said that the pair were also in the property at the time of the killings, having returned to the property at around 1am – not long before the four victims also returned home.
The pair were unharmed in the violent knife attack and appear to have slept through what happened.
A 911 call was made from the property at 11.58am on Sunday from the cellphone of one of the roommates, reporting an “unconscious individual”.
In a press conference on Sunday, police said that the surviving roommates “did not wake up until later that morning”.
When pressed about how the two women managed to sleep through the violent stabbings of four individuals, officials admitted it is something investigators are also struggling to understand.
“I don’t even know that information at this point in time,” said Chief James Fry of the Moscow Police Department. “That’s why we’re continuing to investigate.”
Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 02:00
Surviving housemate gets tattoo in tribute of slain friends
One of the housemates who survived the horror quadruple murders in Moscow, Idaho, has revealed that she has gotten a new tattoo paying tribute to her slain friends.
Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, were stabbed to death in an off-campus home that the three women shared in Moscow back on 13 November.
Two other roommates were home at the time of the murders but were left unharmed.
Police said they were in the first floor of the house and are believed to have slept through the attack. The housemates, two other female University of Idaho students, have been ruled out as suspects.
One of the surviving housemate shared a photo of a new tattoo on her arm on her VCSO account this week.
The tattoo features anglel wings and the initials of her four murdered friends: “MKXE”.
The arm of a second person is also in the photo with the same tattoo.
Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 01:00