A man arrested in connection with the murder of four college students in Idaho has conducted a study asking criminals how they choose their targets – and how they felt about committing the crimes.
While police records revealed criminology student Bryan Kohberger was arrested in Scranton, Pennsylvania in connection with the stabbing deaths of the students in November, it emerged just six months ago that he had sought the opinions of former criminals to understand their decision-making processes.
He also wanted to know how they felt throughout the experience.
“Hello, my name is Bryan and I invite you to participate in a research project that seeks to understand how emotions and psychological traits influence decision-making during the commission of a crime,” he wrote in May. in a post, since deleted, on Reddit.
“In particular, this study seeks to understand the story behind your most recent criminal offence, with a focus on your thoughts and feelings throughout your experience.”
The survey was anonymous and, according to Daily Mailquestions included – “Did you prepare for the crime before leaving home?”, “Why did you choose this victim or target over others?” and “What was the first thing you did to achieve your goal?”.
He also asked, “After you committed the crime, what did you think and how did you feel?”
While Mr. Kohberger was studying criminology, where such issues might seem like an integral part of any curriculum, many may see them in a different light following his arrest in connection with the murders of Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20 years and 20 years. -Old Ethan Chapin.
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The four were stabbed to death in a rental house near the University of Idaho campus in Moscow in the early morning hours of November 13. Investigators have been unable to name a suspect or locate a murder weapon for weeks.
The Associated Press said public records show Mr. Kohberger was a registered Libertarian voter with a keen interest in criminal justice and criminology.
He is listed as a doctoral student by the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University in Pullman, just eight miles from Moscow.
He completed his graduate studies in criminal justice this year at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.
In a statement released to media, the college said, “On Friday, December 30, DeSales University learned of the arrest of Bryan Kohberger in connection with the murder of four University of Idaho students.
“Kohberger graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2020 and completed graduate school in June 2022.”
He added: “As a Catholic Salesian community, we are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims during this difficult time. »