Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 24, 2024

Author Claims Kohberger Targeted Victim in Idaho Murders

Journalist Howard Blum's new book makes shocking assertions about the University of Idaho quadruple murders.

Blum suggests Bryan Kohberger may have specifically targeted Madison Mogen among the victims killed in November 2022.

As reported by the New York Post, four University of Idaho students were murdered in their off-campus house in Moscow, Idaho. Bryan Kohberger, 29, is suspected of committing these heinous acts, an accusation that has shocked the nation.

Journalist Howard Blum's recently released book, "When the Night Comes Falling: A Requiem for the Idaho Student Murders," contends that Kohberger intended to target Madison Mogen. Blum suggests Kohberger deliberately bypassed other bedroom doors and went straight to Mogen's room.

Blum's Evidence Against Kohberger

Maddie Mogen, 21, and her best friend, Kaylee Goncalves, also 21, were found dead together on Mogen's bed. Meanwhile, their housemate Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were discovered deceased on the second floor.

All of the victims had been stabbed multiple times, and a knife sheath was found near Mogen and Goncalves's bodies. The two surviving roommates, Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen found the crime scene and alerted the authorities.

Kohberger was taken into custody on December 30, 2022, at his parents' Pennsylvania home. At the time, Kohberger was pursuing a doctorate in criminology in Pullman, Washington.

Kohberger's Family's Suspicion

Before his arrest, Kohberger's family reportedly had suspicions about his involvement in the murders. Michael Kohberger, Bryan's father, had been attentive to the unfolding news concerning the murders occurring just 12 miles from his son's residence.

The book reveals that Michael was uneasy and fetched his son from school a few weeks post-murders. While the pair traveled cross-country from Washington to Pennsylvania, they were pulled over twice by Indiana police.

One of Bryan's sisters supposedly confronted their father with her concerns regarding Bryan's possible involvement, but her worries were dismissed.

Kohberger's Plea and Current Status

The authorities apprehended Kohberger at his family home just before New Year's Day. He was then extradited to Idaho, where he pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary.

Nearly a year later, Bryan Kohberger remains in custody, and a date for his trial has yet to be established. The community and the nation continue to closely watch this case.

Howard Blum's assertions that Bryan Kohberger intentionally targeted Madison Mogen add a chilling layer to an already horrifying story. Regarding specifics, Blum pointed out that the suspect "bypassed two other bedroom doors" but "went directly to Mogen’s room."

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