According to a criminal profiler, accused killer Bryan Kohberger may have purposefully left a knife sheath recovered at the residence where four University of Idaho students were found stabbed to death in order to mislead police.
“Wouldn’t you put a gun back in your holster if you pulled it out?” On Fox News on Tuesday, John Kelly, a psychotherapist who has examined serial killers, stated. “I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t, and if I went fishing and needed to pull out my knife, I’d put it back in the sheath.”
Kelly believes Kohberger, who was known to be obsessed with his strict vegan diet, put the bloody knife wherever it couldn’t contaminate his clothes or car. The murder weapon has yet to be discovered months after the November 13 deaths.
“You’re such a clean vegan who’s obsessed with what you eat and everything else, just the cleanliness of carrying a bloody knife around, wearing it someplace on your person as you move out of the home,” Kelly added.
According to the affidavit, Kelly noted that one of the surviving roommates, Dylan Mortensen, did not mention a knife or other weapons when she described encountering a masked “figure clad in black clothing” with “bushy eyebrows” leaving the home through a sliding glass in the moments after the slayings.
“The girl said nothing about seeing a knife,” Kelly explained. “Did he place it somewhere in his pants and have blood all over?”
Kelly speculated that the sheath, which was discovered in bed with two of the four victims, may have been purposely left there after being completely cleaned off.
Police did, however, match Kohberger’s DNA on the sheath’s button strap to DNA obtained from garbage at his parents’ residence in Pennsylvania, where he was detained in December, according to the affidavit.
Kelly believes Kohberger left the brown leather sheath, which bears the inscriptions “Ka-Bar,” “USMC,” and the United States Marine Corps eagle globe and anchor symbol, to point the finger at someone in the service.
“This is basic staging,” he told Fox News. “They’re going to look at this and assume it was done by a military person. Some guy from up the road with some type of training.”
“He may have believed this was the ideal trick, but he’s no genius, and his pretence and staging set him up for failure,” Kelly concluded.
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According to Kelly, Kohberger’s idea that he might mislead investigators could explain why he is said to have questioned police, “Who else did you arrest?” while being brought into custody.
“I suppose he had to assume that with the sheath there, that was going to lead them to somebody, some direction,” he explained.
According to authorities, Kohberger broke into the students’ off-campus rental property in Moscow at 4 a.m. on Nov. 13 and killed Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, and Xana Kernodle, 20 while some of them were asleep.
Kohberger, a criminal justice Ph.D. student at Washington State University barely 7 miles away from the murder site, is charged with four charges of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary.
He might face life in jail if convicted.