Idaho college shooting suspect may have been killed before, unlikely to be student, former FBI special agent says

A former FBI special agent has revealed who police believe may be responsible for the murders of four University of Idaho students, saying the suspect has a pattern that would be “easily identifiable” in his community.

“I can guarantee you that the behavior that we saw in this murder may have escalated,” Jonathan Gilliam said on America Reports on Wednesday. “And someone who has killed before or has a very strange pattern of violence.”

Gilliam explained how behavioral analysis can help police track down suspects because four weeks later, there is still no motive or weapon for the murder.

“We know in the past with killers like this, people have said afterwards, ‘Well, he was very strange.’ They either had an aura of danger or were very violent. “We never thought to report it,” he said. “And I think that’s someone that the general public in that area can think about.”

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A general view of the Moscow home where four University of Idaho students were killed Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2002, shows red stains seeping from the foundation of the home.
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Last month, Gilliam focused on using a Ka-Bar knife, also known as a “Rambo” style knife.

“This knife is almost a relic,” Gilliam said “Fox and friends first.” “This knife is not used by anyone other than people who have been discharged or commissioned.”

Gilliam said a distinctive weapon is a powerful clue that can help investigators identify a potential suspect.

On Wednesday, Gilliam also addressed the layout of the home where the murders took place. Seen almost as two separate apartments, he said understanding where the killer entered could reveal more about the murders.

“If they went up and started there, they would move on to the second person, and then they would go down and finish the attacks. And by the time they got to the last person, they would be very tired and spread out. DNA from one person to another, “said Gilliam. .

“Killing with a knife, especially a large knife like this, is a very physical activity that drains a person quickly.”

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Gilliam said behavioral analysis is critical to finding the suspect and finding answers for the families and the Moscow community, adding that he believes the suspect is either a college student or a “fresher” student.

“These are the type of people who know enough about society that they don’t have too many problems, but they want to kill so much that they have no empathy, no ability to sympathize with others, and most people see them as such. he describes as not having a conscience,” he said.

“So I think that’s the type of behavior that we can easily detect.”

As the investigation continues for nearly a month since the murders of Hana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, family members have criticized the lack of guidance and communications from law enforcement as they respond they continued to wait and hope.

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