‘You heard about these murders?’
MOSCOW, Idaho – In the days following the killing of four University of Idaho students, Bryan Kohberger had what appeared to be “normal conversation” with his neighbor about the event.
FOX News spoke to the neighbor, who said Kohberger initiated the conversation.
University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death in the early hours of November 13 in Moscow, Idaho. Bryan Kohberger, a Ph.D. Student of criminology at nearby Washington State University, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary.
“He’s actually saying, ‘Have you heard about the murders?'” FOX Nation host Nancy Grace asked Kohberger’s neighbor, who asked not to be named.
“Yes,” said the neighbor. “He says, ‘Yeah, it seems like they don’t have any leads.'”
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The neighbor told FOX Nation Kohberger had proposed an early theory that the killings were a “crime of passion.” He said the interaction ended shortly thereafter.
Grace said Monday that when Kohberger’s father helped him move into the apartment, he asked if the neighbor was friends with his son.
“It’s like booking a play date,” Grace said. “And at some point the neighbor’s wife said, ‘Don’t bring it [Kohberger] the back. I have a bad feeling. Don’t let him in this apartment again.'”
Bryan Kohberger was escorted to the Pennsylvania courthouse before extradition to Idaho to face charges in the deaths of Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. Inset: Kohberger’s WSU portrait and the last known image of the
Grace said Kohberger’s father was characterized as an easygoing, friendly, talkative person and speculated he may have been aware of the incident.
“We all see our own kids with blinders on, so I don’t know how much he knew but didn’t want to know,” she said.
News of Kohberger’s conversation with his neighbor came at the same time Kaylee Goncalves’ parents revealed that she had already moved out of the house at the time of the murders. She was reportedly visiting over the weekend.
“She shouldn’t even be there,” Grace said.
Kaylee was reportedly slated to take an IT job in Austin, Texas, but she returned to her alma mater for the weekend to attend a party and show off her new car to her longtime best friend Madison Mogen, who also died on April 11th .
A split photo of murdered Idaho college student Kaylee Goncalves with her father Steve Goncalves and alleged killer Bryan Kohberger. (Instagram/Monroe County (Pa.) Correctional Facility via AP)
“I’m also learning that it could be evidence and that she may not have been the target unless he was watching her on social media and knew she was coming back,” Grace explained.
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“This is heartbreaking because she almost missed the whole incident,” Grace said.