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University of Idaho murders compared to Ted Bundy murders


The disturbing November 13 murder of four University of Idaho students bears an eerie resemblance to two prior massacres in a college town, including serial killer Ted Bundy’s infamous sorority party more than four decades ago.

Retired criminal investigator Matt Hogan told Fox News the Idaho murders were “strikingly similar” to the events of January 15, 1978, when Ted Bundy broke into Florida State University’s Chi Omega house in Tallahassee.

“Bundy was aware of the casualties in the house, and it was kind of a frantic attack with extreme violence,” Hoggatt explained.

Bundy – then a prolific serial killer who is said to have abducted and murdered more than 30 women, often raping their corpses – fatally beat and strangled two Chi Omega sisters, leaving two others seriously injured before going to a nearby basement apartment . A fifth victim also survived, but was left with permanent deafness.

Serial killer Ted Bundy, left, with girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall.
A final photo of the Idaho victims, just hours before they were killed.
A final photo of the Idaho victims, just hours before they were killed.

“Bundy enjoyed the chase and the climax of the killing. He enjoyed the anticipation and the plot, and that’s kind of what it looks like here,” Hoggatt said.

Idaho police and the FBI are still on the hunt for the killer of college students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, who were all stabbed to death in a seemingly unprovoked attack at their off-campus home in Moscow in the early hours. of November 13. They have yet to release a suspect’s name or find a murder weapon.

The Moscow off-campus house where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death on November 13.
The Moscow off-campus house where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death on November 13.
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Bundy – who was eventually executed in Florida in 1989 – isn’t the only killer to terrorize a college town in Sunshine State.

Joseph Scott Morgan, a professor of applied forensics at Jacksonville State University, told Fox that the Moscow massacre reminded him of Danny Rolling, the so-called “Gainesville Ripper” who murdered five University students. of Florida for four days in August 1990.

“It involved knives, happened in a college town but in off-campus houses, and Rolling entered those houses that had more than one occupant,” Morgan explained.

The body of Margaret Bowman, one of the Chi Omega sisters killed by Ted Bundy in her bed in 1978.
The body of Margaret Bowman, one of the Chi Omega sisters killed by Ted Bundy in her bed in 1978.
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In addition to robbing his victims, Rolling taunted the police by leaving their bodies in crude poses. His reign of terror inspired the 1996 horror film “Scream.”

The Rolling crimes and the University of Idaho murders were “very high risk,” Morgan said.

“But this is all just speculation,” he said. “All that really matters right now is getting this person caught,” he said, referring to the hunt for the Idaho killer.

"Gainesville Ripper" Danny Rolling in court after being apprehended for the 1990 series of murders.
“Gainesville Ripper” Danny Rolling in court after being apprehended for the 1990 series of murders.
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Officers remove evidence from the home crime scene in Moscow.
Officers remove evidence from the home crime scene in Moscow.
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Despite Hoggatt and Morgan’s comparisons, retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente pushed back against the notion that the Moscow killer is a serial predator like Bundy or Rolling.

“If it was a serial killer, I would expect him to kill everyone in the house, so I think it was a targeted attack, totally different from Bundy, which was a random attack,” Clemente told Fox. Investigators in Moscow had previously confirmed that the attack was “personal”; two other roommates were uninjured and would not have heard the killings happening.

Speaking to the Post on Wednesday, Clemente insisted the killer was likely a “younger” man who at least one of the victims knew.

Blood seeps from the side of the Moscow off-campus house.
Blood seeps from the side of the Moscow off-campus house.
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“Entering an occupied dwelling with six young adults, each of whom might have a knife, a gun or a cell phone to call the police, is extremely risky unless you know the circumstances inside,” he said. -he explains.

Since Thursday, Moscow police have been investigating a possible link between the November 13 murders and the unsolved double stabbing of an Oregon couple last year.

“We’re looking at all avenues and we have other agencies contacting us with other cases and things that we’re going to follow up on,” Police Chief James Fry said Wednesday.

New York Post

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