The murderer who ruthlessly slaughtered four University of Idaho students is likely a “younger” man and a first-time killer, famed former FBI profiler Jim Clemente said.
Clemente, a former New York State prosecutor and criminal behavioral expert, believes the person who murdered Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, on Nov. 13 knew at least one of the victims.
“This is an extremely dangerous crime for the offender unless he knows one or more of the victims or has been stalking one of them,” he told The Washington Post on Wednesday.
“Going into an occupied dwelling 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.
He believes it was a targeted attack, but the killer “might not have known which room exactly the person was going to be in.”
“They may have stopped at four victims because they got to their intended victim,” he said, adding that it was most likely not a “random attack.”
According to police, the knife-wielding killer was “sloppy,” and the murder scene was the most gruesome they had ever seen.
“I don’t think he’s the experienced killer. I don’t think this guy’s done this before,” Clemente said, adding 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 the subject maybe 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 yet to name a suspect and have given conflicting accounts of what occurred prior to the murder. They were also unable to confirm reports that Goncalves was being stalked.
“Investigators have looked extensively into information they received about Kaylee Goncalves having a stalker,” The Moscow PD said in an update on the investigation on Tuesday night. “They have pursued hundreds of pieces of information related to this topic and have not been able to verify or identify a stalker.”
Clemente believes authorities have a lot going against them because, in addition to the offender fleeing town after the killing — and getting a nine-hour head start before the alarm was raised — students followed suit, either out of fear or for Thanksgiving break.
“That’s a big problem,” he said, referring to the absence of potential suspects and witnesses.