Usually confident in class, Bryan Kohberger It seemed to have no problem sharing his opinions as he and his graduate school mates discussed the inner and outer details of the criminal mind. No problem, that is, unless a specific macabre topic is brought up: the recent murder of four undergraduates at a school just a few miles away.
After that, Kohberger fell into “complete silence,” one master’s student told Idaho statesman.
Kohberger, 28, is studying for a doctorate in criminology at Washington State University. A passionate student fascinated by his learning, he navigates academic spaces with ease, unafraid to challenge his classmates as they discuss cases, courts, and judgment.
Ben Roberts, a graduate student in criminal justice studies from WSU, recalls: “He sat in the front and in the middle, not hiding or falling behind. politician. He was right in the middle of it.
That’s why Kohberger’s taciturnity on the day the Moscow murders popped up in class stands out as Roberts and the unnamed teacher’s students reminisce. Arrested late last month after a seven-week investigation, Kohberger now faces four counts of first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Madison Mogen; Kaylee Goncalves, 21 years old; Xana Kernodle, 20 years old; and Ethan Chapin, 20.
“I was shocked,” said the master’s student. “I can’t believe this person is around me after they’ve been accused of such a terrible crime.”
Kohberger also seems to enjoy socializing with his colleagues, giving the impression of being a “sociable and outgoing” guy during the show’s orientation. “He was walking around,” said Roberts. “He certainly seemed more eager than some of the others present to come around and introduce himself.”
Roberts and Kohberger exchanged some small talk outside of the classroom during the semester, talking about music and sports. The only thing that made Roberts hesitate, he said, was the way his classmates sometimes squashed other students — especially women — during their seminars.
“It’s hard to see a certain pattern emerge when you’re in class, but he’s more likely to back away when a girl is talking, more than a boy is,” says Roberts. “He’s more interested in asking probing questions and things like that.”
Master’s students say Kohberger has “slandered” women, as well as LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities. According to them, once, Kohberger stated that he believed in “traditional” marriages.
Just a few years earlier, Kohberger was studying criminal justice at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where he was known to be quiet but intelligent, a graduate student in his class there recalled. New York Times in the first day of this month. At DeSales, Kohberger studied partly under Katherine Ramsland, the author of dozens of books on forensic psychology, including one written in collaboration with serial killer Dennis Rader known as BTK.
However, Kohberger’s colleagues at WSU know little about his time with Ramsland, or what the 28-year-old plans to do after graduation. Ramsland has not commented on the incident other than confirming Kohberger is her former student. a local store in Pennsylvania.
After agreeing to waive extradition, Kohberger made his first court appearance in Idaho on Tuesday. He was not required to file a defense, but his public attorney, Jason LaBar, indicated that Kohberger plans to plead not guilty to the murder and burglary charges he faces.
“He’s looking forward to being vindicated, that’s what he said,” LaBar explained earlier this month.