The man charged with the murders at the University of Idaho studied criminology at a nearby university.

The Pennsylvania man accused of killing four University of Idaho students was a doctoral student at nearby Washington State University and a student of criminal justice and criminology.

Brian Christopher Kochberger, 28, was taken into custody on an arrest warrant from Moscow, Idaho, on charges of first-degree murder, court records show. According to court records, he was held at the Monroe County Correctional Facility.

Kochberger was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police in the town of Chestnuthill seven weeks after four students were stabbed to death in their beds, an event that stunned residents of tiny Moscow, puzzled police and sparked a nationwide manhunt.

Brian Kohberger.
Brian Kochberger, 28, in a photograph of the arrest released Friday.Monroe County Correctional Facility

A Pennsylvania court in Monroe County, north of Allentown, on Friday ordered Kochberger to be extradited to Idaho next month, court records showed.

The November 13 attack killed Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, from Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Gonsalves, 21, from Rathdrum, Idaho.

The motive has not yet been revealed.

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“We are still gathering details,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry said at a press conference after the arrest was announced.

Koberger, who most recently lived in an apartment in Pullman, Washington, appears to have taken a keen interest in crime. He was listed as a Ph.D. a criminal justice and criminology student at Washington State University (WSU), which is 10 miles west and right across the state line from the University of Idaho.

Shortly after Koberger’s arrest was announced, WSU removed the graduate student’s page that had his name on it.

Fellow WSU graduate student in criminal justice Ben Roberts said that Kochberger appeared confident and outgoing, but also seemed “he was always looking for a way to fit in.”

“It’s pretty unusual,” Roberts told The Associated Press. “Honestly, I just noticed that he is very awkward.”

Koberger graduated from nearby DeSales University in 2020 with a degree in psychology and received a master’s degree in criminal justice from DeSales in the spring, DeSales University said in a statement Friday.

“Koberger received his bachelor’s degree in 2020 and completed his graduate studies in June 2022,” the statement said. “As a Catholic Salesian community, we are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims during this difficult time.”

Seven months ago, a man named Brian Kochberger took part in a research project that required him to contact arrestees directly. At the time, the person posed as a “research student” at DeSales University and used an email address provided by the school.

“My name is Brian, and I invite you to participate in a research project that aims to understand how emotions and psychological characteristics influence decision-making when committing a crime,” Kochberger wrote in a post that appeared seven months ago in the Reddit community. for ex-prisoners. “Specifically, this research aims to understand the history of your most recent criminal offense, with a focus on your thoughts and feelings throughout your experience.”

Previously, Brian Kochberger worked as a security guard for the nearby Pleasant Valley School District, where in 2018 he was credited with helping save the life of a hall monitor who was having an asthma attack, according to The Pocono Record.

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