Former FBI profilers believe University of Idaho killer is a ‘young man’

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The killer who ruthlessly slaughtered four University of Idaho student is likely a “younger” man and a first-time killer, noted former FBI profiler Jim Clemente said.

Clemente, a criminal behavior expert and former New York State prosecutor, believes in the person who killed Kaylee Goncalves, 21Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21 on Nov. 13, likely knew at least one of the victims.

“This is an extremely risky crime for the perpetrator — unless he knows one or more of the victims or he has been stalking one of them,” he told The Post on Wednesday.

“Walking into an occupied residence with six young adults, any of whom could have a knife or a gun or a cell phone to call the police is extremely risky unless you know the circumstances inside.”

Clemente feels certain the killer is a man and said there are a few explanations for why four of the six roommates were killed.

Blood seeps from the side of an off-campus home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death
Blood seeps from the side of an off-campus home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death.
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He believes it was a targeted attack, but the killer “may not have known exactly which room the person was supposed to be in.”

“They may have stopped at four victims because they got to their intended victim,” he said, noting that it was likely not a “random attack”.

Police described the appearance knife-wielding killer as “sloppy”, and said the aftermath of the murder was the most gruesome scene they had witnessed.

Jim Clemente.
Jim Clemente believes the killer is likely a “younger” man and a first time killer.
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“I don’t think he’s the seasoned killer. I don’t think this guy has done that before,” Clemente said, adding that the stabber may have been motivated by “revenge or rejection or some kind of insult.”

Pete Yachmetz, a security consultant and former FBI agent, agrees with Clemente.

“I feel like the subject might be a young unsophisticated person because the crime scene was apparently massive,” he told The Post. “Going into an occupied home where there were six people in different rooms in the middle of the night is pretty dangerous.”

Police in Moscow, Idaho have not yet named a suspect and have given conflicting stories about what happened before the murder. They have also been unable to confirm reports Goncalve is being pursued.

Idaho State Police Col. Kendrick Wills during a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho.
Idaho State Police Col. Kendrick Wills during a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho.
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“Investigators have extensively looked into information they received that Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker,” Moscow PD. said in an update about the investigation Tuesday night. “They have pursued hundreds of pieces of information related to this subject and have been unable to verify or identify a stalker.”

Clemente believes that the authorities are working very hard against them because, in addition to the fact that the perpetrator is likely to flee the city after the killing – and get a nine-hour head start before the alarm was raised – the students also followed suit, out of fear or for the Thanksgiving break.

“It’s a big problem,” he said, because potential suspects and witnesses are now gone.


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Still, locals should be on the lookout for people who stopped coming to work after the murders or changed their behavior drastically, he said.

“Someone in this community knows him,” he insisted.

Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right.

Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right, were all brutally murdered.

victims' homes

The four victims shared this home with two other roommates who were spared in the attack.


The roommates' dog

The flatmates’ dog was spared in the fatal attack.


A police officer guards the off-campus home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death

The four victims shared this house with two other roommates who were home during the brutal murders but were spared.


Police Chief of the Moscow Police, James Fry

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said authorities do not have a suspect at this time.


The former FBI profiler also believes that the killer must be comfortable with blood to be able to fatally stab four people in rapid succession, and perhaps be a hobby hunter or work as a butcher.

“He doesn’t mind the wet work of getting his hands dirty, and his profession will probably say the same,” he said.

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