Bryan Kohberger, who has been accused of brutally murdering four University of Idaho students, allegedly broke into the apartment of a female colleague and moved items around as part of an elaborate ploy to manipulate her, according to NBC’s “Dateline.”
The 28-year-old Kohberger befriended the co-ed at Washington State University just months before the brutal November murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin, the outlet reported.
Kohberger broke into the woman’s apartment and jostled things around — but didn’t take anything.
The scheme worked, and the unnamed woman then asked him to install a video surveillance system, which authorities now believe he could have accessed remotely since he knew her Wi-Fi password, “Dateline” said.
“I would expect that he orchestrated the whole thing, he was not looking at her as a potential victim necessarily,” ex-FBI profiler Greg Cooper told the network. “But he orchestrated it so that she would come to him and that he would be able to help her. It is another level of power and domination and control over another person.”
“The hero image that he can portray — you’ve got this problem I’m here to solve the problem for you and to make it better for you.”
The NBC special also claimed that Kohberger purchased a K-Bar knife and sheath before moving to Washington and enrolling at the university.
Kohberger was indicted for the murders by a Grand Jury this week paving the way for a trial. He is expected to enter a plea next week.
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