At 3 am ET this morning, 28-year-old Washington State University graduate student Bryan Christopher Kohberger was taken into custody in Scranton, Pennsylvania by police and FBI agents. He is being held for extradition to Moscow, Idaho for first-degree murder in the November 13 stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students.
First things first: He is innocent until proven guilty and we are in no way presuming his guilt.
However, if he’s guilty his background might explain why it took over six weeks to catch him.
Kohberger is a criminology graduate student at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, which is only a 15-minute drive from the University of Idaho.
If he committed the gruesome murders, did his presumed advanced knowledge of criminal acts help him elude authorities for so long? And is that why there was apparently so little noticeable evidence left behind?
Whoever committed those savage acts seemed to have covered their tracks well and was most likely keenly acute of the steps police take in situations like this one. And, if the suspect is, indeed, the killer, he might have gotten away with four murders without that video camera footage of the white Elantra.
Per Maryville.edu, criminology is the study of crime and criminal behavior, informed by principles of sociology and other non-legal fields, including psychology, economics, statistics, and anthropology. And, according to Murdoch University, criminology expands across many different industries including forensics, law, psychology, sociology, and more.
Is there such a thing as committing the ‘perfect crime?’ And did Kohberger, if guilty, think he was capable of doing just that?