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Uncovering the Dark History of Bryan Kohberger: Idaho Murders, FBI Surveillance, and New Documents

On 2 February 2023, Rachel Sharp visited the student home over the Washington border in Moscow, Idaho and what followed was a series of events that would shock the nation. Less than two weeks later, on 13 November, Bryan Kohberger was accused of stabbing to death Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves in the same student home.[0]

Shanon Gray, the Goncalves family attorney, has argued in a motion that he is allowed to relay to the media any of the opinions, views, or statements of those family members regarding any part of the case as they are allowed to speak about the case under the First Amendment.[1]

The FBI has denied claims that its agents “lost” accused mass killer Bryan Kohberger while he was under surveillance for the brutal murders of the four students in Moscow, Idaho.[0] Pennsylvania police are also sifting through cold cases for possible links to Bryan Kohberger and his involvement in other crimes.[0]

In an effort to protect the integrity of the case, Judge Megan Marshall imposed a gag order on Jan. 3, limiting what prosecutors, the defense and other authorities can tell the media.[2] This order was extended to include attorneys for witnesses, the victims and their families on Jan. 18.[3]

The New York Times obtained emails last month that revealed a brief exchange between Bryan Kohberger, a student at Washington State University, and Gary Jenkins, then-chief of the Pullman Police Department, regarding Kohberger's interview for a research assistantship for a public safety position in April 2022.[0]

Secretive new documents have been filed by prosecutors in the Idaho murders case against Bryan Kohberger and one unique facial feature may have linked him to the Idaho murders.[4]

As part of his graduate program, a 28-year-old criminology PhD student started working as a teaching assistant in the criminology department in August.[0] NewsNation obtained a timeline of his issues within the department, which showed that within a month of his arrival, he was being investigated by the university for alleged “behavioural problems” and a “sexist attitude towards women”.[0]

The case against Bryan Kohberger has been followed closely, with the FBI denying claims that its agents “lost” him while he was under surveillance, Pennsylvania police looking into possible links to cold cases and the Idaho prosecutor filing new documents in the Latah County Magistrate court.

0. “Idaho murders – update: Bryan Kohberger prosecutors file new documents as cold cases probed” AOL, 10 Feb. 2023, https://www.aol.com/news/idaho-murders-bryan-kohberger-arrest-060141115.html

1. “Bryan Kohberger Murder Trial: Victim Kaylee Goncalves' Family Says Judge's Order Violates Right to Free Speech” Inside Edition, 6 Feb. 2023, https://www.insideedition.com/bryan-kohberger-idaho-murders-kaylee-goncalves

2. “Family of Kaylee Goncalves appeals gag order in Moscow murder case” KREM.com, 6 Feb. 2023, https://www.krem.com/article/news/crime/university-of-idaho-students-killed/idaho-moscow-murders-gag-order-update/293-900a4ffd-e266-47cf-b1f3-00c935c0b322

3. “Idaho murders: Prosecutor says victim's family ‘potential witnesses' as defense opposes gag order appeal” FOX 10 News Phoenix, 10 Feb. 2023, https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/idaho-murders-prosecutor-says-victims-family-potential-witnesses-as-defense-opposes-gag-order-appeal

4. “Idaho murders: Bryan Kohberger prosecutor files new documents in secretive proceedings” FOX 13 Seattle, 9 Feb. 2023, https://www.q13fox.com/news/idaho-murders-bryan-kohberger-prosecutor-files-new-documents-in-secretive-proceedings