Idaho Murders Case Prompts Questions About Causes of Heinous Crime


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Memorial flowers and gifts line the University of Idaho entrance to mourn the four students who were stabbed to death in November.

Izzy DiNunzio, Community and Multimedia Editor

Bryan Kohberger is a monster — and a recent household name that is far from positive.

Recently extradited back to Idaho after his Dec. 30 arrest in Pennsylvania, Bryan Kohberger, will face the evidence against him in court after he allegedly killed four University of Idaho students Nov. 13, 2022. 

In a recent development, the probable-cause affidavit against Kohberger was released Jan. 5. It detailed disturbing evidence that pictures Kohberger as not only a stalker, but a brutal murderer. 

According to the affidavit, Kohberger’s phone pinged at least 12 times near the students’ residence in the months leading up to the murder. The affidavit also notes that Kohberger’s DNA was found at the scene of the murders.

Marisa Christoff, Nonnewaug’s AP Psychology teacher, said that this case piques the public’s interest because it sparks discussion about how people could become a monster murderer. 

It is often seen that nurture in terms of aversive events in childhood such as abuse and neglect plays a factor in adults who commit deviant crimes, but that’s not always the case,” Christoff said. “That’s why understanding anti-social behavior is still so intriguing to psychologists and society as a whole.” 

According to the Independent, Kohberger followed the three female victims on Instagram. Also, the fact he was a Ph.D. student studying criminology and criminal justice is just another fear factor in the case against him. 

Christoff sheds light on why Kohberger may have wanted to pursue a degree in criminology.

“It makes me think that he may have immersed himself in this study because he felt compelled or drawn to committing a crime himself,” Christoff said. “It reminds me of the infamous case study, John Orr. John Orr was a fire captain and arson investigator in the 1980s who set the fires himself and was eventually found guilty of arson and murder.” 

Although the news about Kohberger’s character is gray, it’s clear that if he murdered these four college students, he was a cold and calculated killer. The case causes anxiety among many.

“The Idaho murders are devasting for so many reasons,” Christoff said. “As a parent, it is excruciating to think that you can send your children off to college and something so heinous can happen to them. Also, not exactly knowing the motive and what made the murderer target these young adults leaves so many unanswered questions.”

According to CBS News, Kohberger has until June 26 until he faces a judge again. A powerful phrase remains: innocent until proven guilty.