The man accused of killing four students at the University of Idaho interviewed for a job with the police department that later helped to arrest him.
Bryan Kohberger, himself a PHD student at Washington State University (WSU), met with Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins on April 12, 2022, according to reports.
A few hours later, Kohberger followed up their meeting with a gushing email, showing that the accused hoped to land a three-year research assistant position in public safety, according to the New York Times, who obtained the emails.
‘It was a great pleasure to meet with you today and share my thoughts and excitement regarding the research assistantship for public safety,’ Kohberger wrote.
Bryan Kohberger (pictured on Jan 5), who is accused of killing four students at the University of Idaho interviewed, for a job with the police department that later helped to arrest him
Bryan Kohberger, himself a PHD student at Washington State University (WSU), met with Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins (pictured) on April 12, 2022, according to reports
‘I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Bryan,’ he added.
‘Great to meet and talk to you as well,’ police chief Jenkins reportedly responded.
The graduate research position was being offered by WSU, where Kohberger was studying for a doctorate in Criminology.
According to the job description posted by WSU, ‘the purpose of these positions is to support each agency through data management and analysis, and to position them for success when they seek external funding,’ Inside Edition reported.
It was not immediately clear if this was the same position referenced in the probable case affidavit filed in the investigation into the murders of Madison Mogen, 21; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20.
The affidavit claims Kohberger ‘wrote an essay when he applied for an internship with the Pullman Police Department in the fall of 2022.’
In that essay, the suspected killer said ‘he had interest in assisting rural law enforcement agencies with how to better collect and analyze technological data in public safety operations,’ according to Inside Edition.
The emails suggest Kohberger was one of four candidates being considered.
It was also not immediately clear whether he was given the job, which was set to start on August 22. The four University of Idaho were stabbed to death in their Moscow home on November 13, in the early hours of the morning.
Inside Edition said Pullman Police Department did not respond to requests for comment on the matter.
It was not immediately clear if the position Kohberger was applying to was the same position referenced in the probable case affidavit filed in the investigation into the murders of Madison Mogen, 21; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20 (pictured)
The four University of Idaho were stabbed to death in their Moscow home (pictured) on November 13, in the early hours of the morning
The same police department helped located the suspect vehicle and carried out the search on Kohberger’s on-campus WSU apartment, as well as the office he shared with two other teaching assistants, hours after he was arrested in December.
On Tuesday, unsealed court documents revealed that investigators seized stained bedding, strands of what looked like hair and a single glove – but no weapon – when they searched Kohberger’s WSU student apartment.
Court documents show that eight strands of hair were recovered from the apartment, as well as a ‘possible’ animal hair.
They also recovered a Fire TV stick, one nitrate-type black glove, one Walmart receipt with a single Dickies tag, two Marshall’s receipts and a dust container from a ‘Bissell Power Force’ vacuum. All the items are now being stored at the Washington State University Police department.
Authorities reportedly said they wanted to see if any hair had been ‘transferred’ onto Kohberger and then back to his apartment – including that of Ms Goncalves’ dog.
Investigators did not find anything noteworthy in Kohberger’s office.
It was revealed last week that Kohberger dined at a Greek restaurant where two of the students he is accused of killing worked as waitresses.
Mogen and Kernodle had worked at the Mad Greek restaurant in Moscow for years.
A former employee has now revealed that Kohberger had visited the restaurant in the run-up to their deaths at least twice and ate vegan pizza.
The revelation is the latest in a series that suggests Kohberger may have been stalking the students.
It emerged on Thursday that an Instagram account seemingly associated with the suspect had followed three of the victims – Mogen, Kernodle and Goncalves.
Pictured: Kohberger’s apartment in Pullman, Washington, was combed by police for evidence into the ongoing investigation into the killings of the four Idaho students
The affidavit claims Kohberger (pictured) ‘wrote an essay when he applied for an internship with the Pullman Police Department in the fall of 2022’
A variety of fake Instagram accounts claiming to be Kohberger have proliferated since his arrest late last month, but People Magazine cited a source who claimed to be familiar with the criminology grad student’s real account.
The magazine did not name the account, but said it has since been scrubbed from the service, a step that Instagram parent company Meta often takes for the suspects in high-profile violent crimes.
Experts also speculated last week that suspect Kohberger may have left a knife sheath at the scene of the murders to serve as a calling card.
They also said the ‘brutality’ of the crime suggested he may have killed before.
Trial attorney Mercedes Colwin told The Dr. Phil Show that the Kabar knife sheath found at the crime scene may have been intentionally left there, noting that the practice of leaving a personal mark after a murder was not uncommon with killers.
Colwin, who appeared on the show alongside DailyMail.com senior reporter Caitlyn Becker to break down the case, added it would not be out of character for a killer, ‘especially if you think you’re smarter than everybody else,’ which she said Kohberger does.
Jonathan Gilliam, a former FBI special agent added that the ‘viciousness’ of the ‘butchering’ made him think it was ‘most likely’ Kohberger had committed violent crimes before the Idaho slayings.
‘I think he’s killed before most likely,’ he said. ‘Not four people, but I think he’s probably stalked and potentially killed females before.’