A few months ago, a Reddit user named Bryan Kohberger and a criminology student at DeSales University submitted a post.
Username Criminology Student posted the 212 days ago titled Research Participation Needed, which asked for those who had just committed a crime to participate in a study that focused on the criminals’ thoughts and feelings during their experience.
The user’s May 2022 posts, in which they requested data for a research project that explores how emotions and psychological factors influence decision-making when committing a crime, have since been removed.
The post contained a link to a study in which participants’ names and responses would remain private.
The poll’s questions reportedly centered on the reasons, details, and feelings surrounding the respondent’s most recent criminal offense, according to screenshots of the survey uploaded to Facebook.
One query states: “Before leaving home, did you make any preparations for the crime? Please describe your thoughts and feelings at this time.”
More than a month after the brutal stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students sent shockwaves through Moscow, Idaho, police said they had detained a suspect in the heinous crimes.
According to the criminal complaint, Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was apprehended Friday morning in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania on an active arrest warrant for first-degree murder charges filed by the Moscow, Idaho, Police Department and the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office.
The suspect who was detained in connection with the murders of four University of Idaho students who were discovered stabbed to death in November attended a nearby school and lived not far from the scene of the crime.
According to a now-deleted graduate directory that CNN saw earlier on Friday, Kohberger is a graduate student at Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Kohberger completed his first semester as a Ph.D. student in the school’s criminal justice department earlier in December, according to a statement released by the institution on Friday night.
Police from the university’s Pullman campus helped the authorities carry out search warrants at his apartment and workplace, the statement said.
Police in Idaho identified Kohberger as a suspect, at least in part, according to law enforcement sources who spoke to ABC News, using DNA that was linked to evidence found at the crime site.
Through his car, a white Hyundai Elantra, they were able to follow him to Chestnuthill Township, Pennsylvania.
Before a specialist team of state troopers and federal agents entered the home and brought him into custody at around one in the morning, the FBI had reportedly been keeping an eye on the residence for many days.