Fox News reports that acquaintances of Bryan Kohberger, the chief suspect in the murder of four college students in Idaho in November, describe him as “a reclusive ‘genius,’ socially awkward, and excellent in the classroom.” However, one expert has noted that the opposite may be true.
According to John Kelly, an expert criminal profiler and psychotherapist, Bryan Kohberger made a series of mistakes that led to his arrest.
Kelly told Fox News Digital: “What’s interesting is how people are talking about how smart he is. Looking at it from an investigative standpoint and looking at the mistakes he made: Criminology 101. He looks like a moron to me.”
Kohberger is accused of murdering Madison Mogen, 21; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20. The murders took place in a three-story off-campus housing complex.
Kelly said of the suspect: “I think he was an incel and really just hated women.”
In profiling the crime, Kelly said that Kohberger, who was pursuing a Ph.D. in the department of criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University, made the fundamental mistake of perpetrating the crime indoors.
Though lacking in sensitivity, Kelly has made several astute observations:
“If you’re going to stalk somebody and kill somebody, the worst place to do it is indoors,” Kelly said. “Because there’s a really good chance you’re gonna leave evidence, versus an outside crime scene.”
Kelly continued: “He’s supposed to be going for a Ph.D. in this … stabbing away at four people — it’s lunacy,” noting that a life-and-death struggle in a home would leave an abundance of DNA.
Kelly also noted that the use of a particular kind of knife helped connect Kohberger to the crime, as did his reported online response to conversations regarding the murders.
“Any type of interjection, I know it’s sort of the psychology sometimes, but this is how they catch them,” Kelly said. “They think they’re outsmarting people, but they’re not.”
On Tuesday, Kelly said: “I’ve been waiting here for the science to grab this guy. I never believed this guy was gonna get away with it. You can’t drop a hair, a drop of blood, you better have your phone somewhere else. You’ve gotta watch what you touch. How are you in this day and age gonna get away?”
Kelly concluded his comments by commending investigators and officers for their handling of the case.
Idaho prosecutors have charged Kohberger with four counts of first-degree murder and felony burglary for allegedly entering a home with the intent to kill.