Jim Clemente, a famed and former FBI profiler, believes the murderer who slaughtered four University of Idaho students is a “younger” man and a first-time killer.
Clemente is a criminal behavioral expert and former New York State prosecutor who believes the person who killed Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21, on Nov. 13 likely knew at least one of the victims.
“This is an extremely risky crime for the offender — unless he knows one or more of the victims, or he’s been stalking one of them,” he told The New York Post on Wednesday. “Going into an occupied dwelling with six young adults, any of whom could have a knife or a gun or a cell phone to call the police is extremely risky unless you know the circumstances inside.”
The former FBI profiler strongly suspects the killer is male and pointed out that they must feel comfortable with blood to be able to fatally stab four people in quick succession, suggesting they could be a hunter or work as a butcher.
“He doesn’t mind the wet work of getting his hands dirty, and his profession will probably say the same thing,” he said.
Clemente said he believes the attack was targeted, but was unsure if the killer meant to kill four people or had one target and “may not have known which room exactly the person was going to be in.”
“They may have stopped at four victims because they got to their intended victim,” he said, noting it was unlikely that the murders were a “random attack.”
“I don’t think he’s an experienced killer. I don’t think this guy’s done this before,” Clemente said, believing that the murderer may have been motivated by “revenge or rejection or some kind of insult.”
Former FBI agent and security consultant Pete Yachmetz agrees with Clemente, saying, “I feel the subject may be a young unsophisticated person because the crime scene was apparently massive. Going into an occupied home where there were six people in different rooms in the middle of the night is pretty dangerous.”
The Moscow, Idaho, Police Department have thus far not named a suspect and have provided conflicting explanations as to what happened before the murder. They have also been unable to confirm reports that Goncalves was being stalked.
“Investigators have looked extensively into information they received about Kaylee Goncalves having a stalker,” The Moscow PD said in an update to the investigation on Tuesday night. “They have pursued hundreds of pieces of information related to this topic and have not been able to verify or identify a stalker.”
Clemente says authorities have a difficult investigation ahead of them, because the killer likely fled town after the killing, getting a nine-hour head start prior to the alarm being raised. However, alongside the killer, many students at the University of Idaho followed suit, either for Thanksgiving break or out of fear.
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