Idaho victim Kaylee Goncalves’ father says she had CONNECTIONS to suspected killer


The father of one of the slain University of Idaho students has said his daughter had connections to the suspected killer, who he branded a ‘coward’.

Steve Goncalves, father of 21-year-old Kaylee, said his family has begun digging up clues linking her with suspect Bryan Kohberger.

Kohberger, 28, a Washington State University graduate student, was taken into custody on Friday morning for the brutal stabbings of Kaylee, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20 and Madison Mogen, 21.

Once police told Steve and his family the identity of the suspect, he said his loved ones got to work trying to find answers as to why Kaylee and her friends were targeted.

He said the family have started to see connections between the two but he was not ready to share them yet.

‘Now that there’s a person and a name that someone can specifically look for and see if there’s any connections in any way. So they’re just trying to figure it out,’ the family’s attorney, Shanon Grey, told ABC News. 

Steve Goncalves (right), father of 21-year-old Kaylee, said his family has found connections between the University of Idaho student and suspect Bryan Kohberger

Kohberger was arrested on Friday for the brutal murders of Kaylee, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20 and Madison Mogen, 21, on November 13 in their off-campus housing

Kohberger was arrested on Friday for the brutal murders of Kaylee, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20 and Madison Mogen, 21, on November 13 in their off-campus housing 

It is not yet clear what connection Kohberger might have had with Kaylee (pictured), but the slain student and her friends lived just 8 miles from Washington State University where the suspect was studying criminology

It is not yet clear what connection Kohberger might have had with Kaylee (pictured), but the slain student and her friends lived just 8 miles from Washington State University where the suspect was studying criminology 

Steve said that no one in the family knew or recognized Kohberger when they were initially told about him by police. 

He told ABC that they’ve found links between the suspect and Kaylee, but are not ready to discuss them yet as the police investigation continues. 

Police had previously refused to rule out that the killings were targeted, but it remains unknown what connections Kohberger could have had with the victims, who were living just eight miles from the suspect’s campus.  

The grieving father described Kohberger as a ‘broken soul, pitiful human being,’ and that he was ‘the little coward that had finally got caught running.’

Steve added that he was patiently waiting to see Kohberger when he appears in court next week. 

‘This guy’s gonna have to look me in my eyes multiple times, and I’m going to be looking for the truth. That’s really what I’m going to be looking for.’

The father’s restraint to share details about the investigation is a U-Turn from his previous outspoken nature, as he is now thankful to the Moscow Police for tracking down the key suspect to his daughter’s murder. 

‘I want to commend those police officers in everything that they have done, because it has been very difficult to work with all the media, especially me being so vocal,’ he told Fox News. 

‘The investigation did everything they could to keep this away from the public, to keep the jury untainted, do everything by the book. And I believe they have done an amazing job of that,’ he added. 

Idaho police said the four University of Idaho students were murdered in their sleep between 3am and 4am (Pictured: Victims Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and 20-year-old Ethan Chapin)

Idaho police said the four University of Idaho students were murdered in their sleep between 3am and 4am (Pictured: Victims Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and 20-year-old Ethan Chapin)

Pictured: Their off-campus house, which police have spent weeks combing over for clues. They said Kohberger's DNA was found at the scene of the crime

Pictured: Their off-campus house, which police have spent weeks combing over for clues. They said Kohberger’s DNA was found at the scene of the crime

Kohberger graduated from DeSales University in Pennsylvania in May 2022 with a master of arts in Criminal Justice

Kohberger graduated from DeSales University in Pennsylvania in May 2022 with a master of arts in Criminal Justice

During a press conference on Friday authorities confirmed that a white Hyundai Elantra was discovered in the search – with sources saying it was towed from outside Kohberger’s home.

Law enforcement sources told CNN that his DNA was discovered at the scene of the crime – with officers managing to track down who owned the car seen in the area of the slayings.

However, Kohberger has no prior arrests, according to public records, so it is unclear how officials got hold of his DNA. 

Authorities then discovered that he had left the area and traveled to Pennsylvania, where an FBI surveillance team had been tracking the 6ft tall man.

He was kept under surveillance, with the FBI watching him for four days, while investigators from Moscow Police and Idaho State Police worked to get an arrest warrant.

An extradition hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. 

While many questions remain unanswered regarding the murder,  the suspect’s choice of academic field is raising questions about whether his studies were part of a twisted criminal fantasy. 

Earlier this year, Kohberger appealed to criminals on Reddit, asking them to share their experiences to help him with his graduate studies

Earlier this year, Kohberger appealed to criminals on Reddit, asking them to share their experiences to help him with his graduate studies 

Enzo Yaksic, a criminal profiler and founder of the Atypical Homicide Research Group

Former FBI agent Jonathan T. Gilliam

Atypical Homicide Research Group founder Enzo Yaksic (left), and former FBI agent Jonathan T. Gilliam (right) both spoke with DailyMail.com about Kohberger’s background

Kohberger was pursuing a PhD in criminology at nearby Washington State University at the time of the murders, and  before that, he was a student at DeSales University, where he learned all about forensic psychology from famed criminologist Katherine Ramsland.

‘I suspect that Kohberger was well aware of his dark nature and homicidal ideation and endeavored to discover more about himself through his studies,’ said Enzo Yaksic, a criminal profiler and founder of the Atypical Homicide Research Group in Boston, in an email to DailyMail.com.

‘But pursuing an advanced degree to become a better murderer is a foolhardy exercise,’ he added, ‘as nothing more is learned about such tactics and strategies than can be found on a popular podcast or true crime book.

‘If Kohberger is an aspiring serial murderer who desired to commit the perfect murder, he quickly learned what many have discovered in the modern-age: it is far more difficult to get away with serial killing today than when Ted Bundy was active.’

Just five months before the murders, Kohberger carried out an anonymous survey of criminal offenders as part of his studies, probing their ‘thoughts and feelings’ and tactics in carrying out their crimes. 

‘I suspect we’ll find out he was becoming satiated for a period of time learning from these criminals — but once that wasn’t doing it anymore, he took it from fantasy to real life,’ said former FBI agent Jonathan T. Gilliam in a phone interview with DailyMail.com.

‘Quite often, a person evolves over time, and as their desires evolve, the only way they can get those things satiated evolves too,’ added Gilliam. ‘Every step of the way, he probably became a little bit more odd and a little bit more deviant.’ 

Idaho quadruple murder suspect ‘cheered up and was more CHATTY in criminology class after the killings’ – before remaining ‘deadpan and quiet’ when the stabbings were discussed, classmates claim

Classmates of the Idaho quadruple murder suspect have said he became more chatty in their criminology class after November’s quadruple-slaying – but turned silent when the killings themselves were discussed.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, was taken into custody by the Pennsylvania State Police on Friday morning more than 2,000 miles from where four university students were killed in their beds on November 13.

Students who attended Washington State University with Kohberger were shocked to learn that the quiet man in their classroom was the prime suspect in the brutal slaying.

BK Norton, who was in the same criminal justice graduate program with Kohberger, said her classmate appeared more animated and talkative following the murders. 

‘He seemed more upbeat and willing to carry a conversation,’ she told the New York Times.

But Norton noted all his enthusiasm would go away and he would become ‘quiet and deadpan’ when the class would discuss the Idaho murder case. 

Bryan Kohberger

BK Norton

Bryan Kohberger (left) was arrested for the brutal Idaho quadruple murders that gripped the nation. His Washington State University criminology classmate BK Norton (right) said Kohberger became more talkative after the killings but turned deadpan when they were brought up during their classes 

The suspect is believed to have driven some 2,300 miles from Moscow to Pennsylvania. He was attending college in nearby Washington State, where he pursued forensic psychology

The suspect is believed to have driven some 2,300 miles from Moscow to Pennsylvania. He was attending college in nearby Washington State, where he pursued forensic psychology 

Kohberger was taken into custody in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, a small town in the heart of the Poconos Mountains more than 2,000 miles from where the gruesome killings took place

Kohberger was taken into custody in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, a small town in the heart of the Poconos Mountains more than 2,000 miles from where the gruesome killings took place

‘I don’t believe he had any reaction,’ Norton told the New York Post, saying it was odd because everyone else was glued to the case and speculated on the lack of public information. 

‘We had quite a long conversation in class about it too. I don’t believe I remember him commenting about it at all.’  

Kohberger faces four counts of first degree murder for the brutal stabbings of Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20 and Madison Mogen, 21.

Norton told the New York papers that her class was in shock over Kohberger’s arrest, describing him as a smart and quiet student with an interest in forensic psychology. 

Norton, however, added that Kohberger did keep a distance from his classmates due to anti-LGBTQ comments he allegedly made in class. 

‘He sort of creeped people out because he stared and didn’t talk much, but when he did it was very intelligent and he needed everyone to know he was smart,’ Norton told the Times.

Another student, who spoke with the Times under the condition of anonymity, backed up Norton’s claim and said Kohberger didn’t have many friends at the school because of the alleged offensive remarks. 

Ben Roberts, a classmate of Kohberger and Norton, echoed the suspect’s usual quiet nature in class, but said his demeanor changed after the killings. 

‘He was starting to show up really tired,’ Roberts told the Seattle Times. ‘He’d always have a cup of coffee in his hand, and he kind of looked like he was riding the knife edge between worn out and completely exhausted.’ 

A former classmate, Casey Arntz, of the Idaho murder suspect, Bryan Kohberger, has shared information about his past, saying he worked security at their school district

A former classmate, Casey Arntz, of the Idaho murder suspect, Bryan Kohberger, has shared information about his past, saying he worked security at their school district 

In a TikTok video, Casey claimed Kohberger had managed to get clean from drugs by the time they last spoke in 2017, pictured above, right

In a TikTok video, Casey claimed Kohberger had managed to get clean from drugs by the time they last spoke in 2017, pictured above, right

Casey Arntz, 29, an old friend of Kohberger, recently took to TikTok to describe details of his life. 

She told how the last time she had spoken with Kohberger was five years ago when they ran into one another at a wedding when he appeared well after allegedly using drugs during high school.

‘Back in 2017 when I spoke to him he was clean,’ Casey said. ‘He was doing security detail at a school, I believe, but he seemed like he was better. Obviously that wasn’t true.’

Reports show that while working at his alma mater in the Pleasant Valley School District in 2018, Kohberger earned praises for saving another security officer’s life when the officer was having an asthma attack.   

Casey’s brother, Thomas, described Kohberger as a ‘bully’ who would happily note his friends’ ‘flaws and insecurities’ in order to distract from his own weight struggles.

‘He did that to me all the time,’ Thomas told The Daily Beast. ‘He would go after my intelligence. He would basically insinuate that I’m kind of slow-witted and that I’m forgetful and that I lack the intelligence to be his friend.’

In his pursuit of learning forensic psychology, Kohberger took classes at DeSales University from famed criminologist Katherine Ramsland (above), who has written extensively about the psychology behind murders and how investigators hunt them down

In his pursuit of learning forensic psychology, Kohberger took classes at DeSales University from famed criminologist Katherine Ramsland (above), who has written extensively about the psychology behind murders and how investigators hunt them down

Prior to attending Washington State University, Kohberger was a student at DeSales University, where he learned all about forensic psychology from famed criminologist Katherine Ramsland. 

Ramsald has written extensively about the psychology behind murders and how investigators hunt them down, including How to Catch a Killer and The Mind of a Murderer. 

Classmates at DeSale said Kohberger took the course ‘Psychology of Death Investigators,’ named after one of Ramsald’s books, and had completed a research project asking ex-cons to map out how they committed their crimes, The Daily Beast reports. 

In a now-deleted Reddit post about the project, students had wanted to ‘understand how emotions and psychological traits influence decision-making when committing a crime.’ 

Kohberger and his project partners had asked the former criminals questions about how they targeted their victims, how they prepared for the crime, their travel details and how the crime played out. 

He graduated from DeSales University in Pennsylvania in May 2022 with a master of arts in criminal justice. 

Ramsland did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

In a statement, DeSales condemned Kohberger’s alleged crime. The school said: ‘As a Catholic, Salesian community, we are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families during this difficult time.’  

Ethan was staying over with Xana when they were both knifed to death in the murder house at 1122 Kings Road

Ethan was staying over with Xana when they were both knifed to death in the murder house at 1122 Kings Road

Bestfriends Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, both 21, were murdered on November 13 along with roommate Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, both 20

Bestfriends Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, both 21, were murdered on November 13 along with roommate Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, both 20

The murder house in Moscow, Idaho. Slain housemates Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were found on the top floor in their beds. College lovers Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found in a second-floor bedroom while survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were sleeping on the first floor

Kaylee and Madison were found on the top floor of the Moscow, Idaho home. College lovers Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found in a second-floor bedroom while survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were sleeping on the first floor

Friday’s arrest is the first major break in the case – with Kohberger asking if ‘anyone else was arrested’ when he was taken into custody. An extradition hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. 

Kohberger is a registered Libertarian, although does not appear to have had any active social media profiles at the time of his arrest. 

During a press conference on Friday authorities confirmed that a white Hyundai Elantra was discovered in the search – with sources saying it was towed from outside Kohberger’s home.

Law enforcement sources told CNN that his DNA was discovered at the scene of the crime – with officers managing to track down who owned the car seen in the area of the slayings.

However, Kohberger has no prior arrests, according to public records, so it is unclear how officials got hold of his DNA. 

Authorities then discovered that he had left the area and traveled to Pennsylvania, where an FBI surveillance team had been tracking the 6ft tall man.

He was kept under surveillance, with the FBI watching him for four days, while investigators from Moscow Police and Idaho State Police worked to get an arrest warrant.

The last known movements of at least two of the victims: The girls visited the truck at 1.43am-1.53am. It's unclear if they went straight home, but police say they were murdered shortly afterward sometime between 3am and 4am

The last known movements of at least two of the victims: The girls visited the truck at 1.43am-1.53am. It’s unclear if they went straight home, but police say they were murdered shortly afterward sometime between 3am and 4am

Moscow Chief of Police James Fry refused to rule out that the killer had an accomplice, adding: ‘We have an individual in custody who committed these horrible crimes.’

Details of the killings, and the motive for them, are yet to be released with law enforcement saying a sealed arrest affidavit will be released once Kohberger is extradited back to Idaho.

He is currently in custody at Monroe County Jail in Pennsylvania until a hearing on January 3.

There is no set time scale for how long his extradition from Pennsylvania to Idaho might take. If Kohberger doesn’t contest it, it’ll happen relatively quickly.

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