Alleged Idaho killer may have ‘multiple motives’

Alleged Idaho killer may have ‘multiple motives’

Alleged Idaho killer may have ‘multiple motives’.

Bryan Kohberger, a suspect in the November murders of four Idaho college students, is being questioned about whether he had contact with other incarcerated serial murderers in light of new information.

Dennis Rader, the “BTK Killer,expert “‘s on serial killers was Kohberger’s prior professor. He might have also kept an eye out for other serial killers’ crimes, according to forensic expert and former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole.

Alleged Idaho killer may have ‘multiple motives’.

O’Toole was interviewed by NewsNation to discuss what the suspect might be revealed to us by this new information. This exchange has been condensed and made more concise.

The daughter of the serial killer known as “BTK,” Dennis Rader, said she’s fearing that Kohberger may have been in contact with her father. If that turns out to be true, how does that change this investigation?

O’Toole: It’s too early to say. But it would reinforce that this person had an interest in serial killers. If he did reach out to BTK, it’s very likely that he reached out to other infamous serial killers or serious, high-profile offenders.”

Students studying forensic science and criminology frequently desire to visit prisons to speak with inmates or write them letters in order to learn more about how they committed their crimes and the preparation that went into them.

We know investigators are still working to try to determine a motive. How much do you think Kohberger studies his apparent fascination with serial killers? How will that play into determining a motive?

O’Toole: There could be multiple motives in a case like this. Right now, he’s a suspect; he’s not been found guilty.

But there may be two faces here: Someone that is academically very well educated and prepared those questions in a survey, (and) then the personal violent ideation that would have preceded the academic pursuit as a Ph.D. student.

Why do you think there are so many examples of murderers — or alleged murderers in this case — who also had a fascination or studied criminology?

O’Toole: We know from past experience how much planning can go into these crimes based on the study that serial killers or mass murderers do of other cases. They’re interested in how it was done, why it was done, how did they prepare?

But, in a small number of cases, there are people that follow those crimes so that they can do it better; they can do it the same way; they can learn by their mistakes.

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