The man accused of killing four students at the University of Idaho was interviewed for a job with the police force that later helped 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, revealing that the accused hoped to land a three-year position as a research assistant in public safety, according to the New York Times, which got its hands on the emails.
“It was a great pleasure to meet you today and share my thoughts and excitement about the public safety research assistantship,” Kohberger wrote.
Bryan Kohberger (pictured Jan. 5), who is accused of murdering four students at the University of Idaho, was interviewed for a job with the police force that later helped 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. Sincerely, Bryan,” he added.
“Great to meet and talk to you too,” Police Chief Jenkins reportedly replied.
The graduate research post was 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 analytics, and to position them for success when they seek outside funding,” Inside Edition reported.
It was not immediately clear whether this was the same position referenced in the probable 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 that Kohberger “wrote an essay when he applied for an internship position with the Pullman Police Department in the fall of 2022.”
In that essay, the suspected killer “said he had an interest in helping rural law enforcement better collect and analyze technology data in public safety operations,” according to Inside Edition.
The emails suggest that Kohberger was one of four candidates considered.
It was also not immediately clear whether he got the job, which was to start on August 22. The four University of Idaho were stabbed to death in their Moscow home in the early morning hours of November 13.
Inside Edition said Pullman police did not respond to requests for comment about the case.
It was not immediately clear whether the position Kohberger was applying for was the same position referenced in the probable 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 Universities of Idaho were stabbed to death in their Moscow home in the early morning hours of November 13 (pictured)
The same police department helped locate the suspicious vehicle and searched 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 appeared to be hair, and a single glove — but no weapon — when they searched Kohberger’s WSU student apartment.
Court documents show eight strands of hair were recovered from the apartment, as well as a “possible” animal hair.
They also found a Fire TV stick, a black nitrate-type glove, a Walmart receipt with a single Dickies tag, two Marshall’s receipts, and a dust container from a “Bissell Power Force” vacuum. All items are now stored with the Washington State University Police Department.
Authorities reportedly said they wanted to see if any hair had been “transferred” to Kohberger and then back to his apartment – including that of Ms. Goncalves’ dog.
Investigators found nothing of note in Kohberger’s office.
Last week it was revealed that Kohberger dined at a Greek restaurant where two of the students he allegedly killed worked as waitresses.
Mogen and Kernodle worked for years at the Mad Greek restaurant in Moscow.
A former employee has now revealed that Kohberger had visited the restaurant at least twice before their deaths and ate vegan pizza.
The revelation is the latest in a series that suggests Kohberger may have been pursuing 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 in the ongoing investigation into the murder of the four Idaho students
The affidavit claims that Kohberger (pictured) “wrote an essay when he applied for an internship with the Pullman Police Department in Fall 2022”
A variety of fake Instagram accounts claiming to be Kohberger have circulated since his arrest late last month, but People magazine cited a source who claimed to be familiar with the criminology student’s real account.
The magazine did not name the account, but said it has since been dropped from the service, a move Instagram parent company Meta often takes for those accused of high-profile violent crimes.
Experts also speculated last week that suspect Kohberger may have left a knife case at the scene of the murders to serve as a calling card.
They also said the “cruelty” of the crime suggested he may have killed before.
Attorney General Mercedes Colwin told The Dr. Phil Show that the Kabar knife scabbard found at the crime scene may have been left there on purpose, noting that it was not uncommon for killers to leave a personal mark after a murder.
Colwin, who appeared on the show alongside DailyMail.com senior reporter Caitlyn Becker to help solve the case, added that it wouldn’t be inappropriate for a killer, “especially if you think you’re smarter than everyone else.” which she said Kohberger did.
Jonathan Gilliam, a former FBI special agent, added that the “cruelty” of the “slaughter” made him think it was “most likely” that Kohberger had committed violent crimes before the Idaho killings.
“I think he was killed before,” he said. “Not four people, but I think he’s probably stalked and possibly killed women before.”