Bryan Kohberger, the 28-year-old accused of murdering University of Idaho students in November, allegedly followed all three of the women on Instagram before the brutal attack. Several Instagram accounts using Koherger’s name appeared after his arrest was made public and followed the victims, but it isn’t clear whether any of the accounts belong to him.
He was arrested back on December 30th nearly seven weeks after police alleged that he entered the six-bedroom home in Moscow, Idaho, and stabbed college students: Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.
Bryan Kohberger Followed All 3 Female Victims
According to authorities, at least one account in his name that was observed by Fox News Digital followed Goncalves, Mogen, and Kernodle, but appears to be no longer active. The other three were all still online when the news outlet checked on Thursday afternoon. According to a message on the profile URL for @crim.kohberger read, “The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed.”
Meta, which is Instagram’s parent company, usually deletes accounts that are linked to murder suspects. All three female victims had public Instagram accounts, and Chapin’s was private. None of them followed Kohberger back, according to People. The report didn’t actually name the account but stated the outlet had reviewed it before I became inactive.
The outlet had previously reported that Kohberger had messaged at least one of the victims several times but never received a response, and also cited an unnamed source. “He slid into one of the girls’ DMs several times, but she didn’t respond,” an unnamed investigator stated. “Basically, it was just him saying, ‘Hey, how are you?’ But he did it again and again.”
Kohberger reportedly sent the first message in late October, then a series of follow-ups when he didn’t receive any response, according to People. But, Fox News Digital was unable to confirm that report.
Bryan Kohberger on Instagram
Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall quickly issued a gag order on the case earlier this month, which restricts comments from investigators and attorneys from both sides. Shannon Gray, the attorney of Goncalves’ parents, stated that no one knew about the suspect before the attack, but left open the possibility.
He went on to speak with Fox News, saying, “Any information any of the families gather regarding connections to any of the victims will be turned over to the Moscow Police Department.”
Police allege that Kohberger snuck into the six-bedroom rental house located on King Road on November 13th and killed four students, who some believe to have been asleep at the start of the attack. The three female victims lived together in the rental house, which was a few steps off the University of Idaho campus. Chapin, Kerodle’s boyfriend, was staying over for the night. According to police, the suspect left behind a Ka-Bar knife sheath with DNA on the snap which was next to Mogen’s bed.
Kohberger lived in an apartment located in Pullman Washington, where he was studying for a Ph.D. at the Washington State University Department of Criminal Justice and criminology. The campus is located across the state line but 10 miles from the University of Idaho. According to the probable cause affidavit, Kohberger had allegedly been stalking the home for weeks. He is due back in court in late June for a preliminary hearing, where his defense team is intending to challenge the probable cause that was laid out against him. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.