Strands of hair, stained kisses among creepy items confiscated from Kohberger’s unit


Following the arrest last month of quadruple murder suspect and criminology scholar Bryan Kohberger, police searched his campus apartment at Washington State University for clues.

There, investigators collected evidence that ranged from the eerie to the mundane: a black surgical glove; a vacuum cleaner bag; about a dozen locks of hair, both human and animal; coupons from Marshall’s and Walmart; a sample collected from a “dark red spot” found in it; cuttings from an “unwrapped cushion [with a] reddish/brown spot;” and a mattress cover with “multiple stains”.

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That’s according to a new unsealed affidavit of the search warrant, which was made public Wednesday and provided to The Daily Beast by the clerk of the Whitman County, Washington Superior Court. Along with those items, police seized an Amazon Fire TV Stick and a computer tower, which detectives planned to search for, according to the affidavit.[a]all images, whether digital or on paper or in any other format,” with victims Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kemodle, 20; or Madison Magen, 21; along with surviving roommates Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen, both 19.

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All six were students at the University of Idaho in Moscow, a small town about 10 miles across the state line from the WSU campus in Pullman, where Kohberger received his doctorate.

The Steptoe Village Apartments at Washington State University, where Bryan Kohberger lived.

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In the residence where the four were stabbed to death, police found “a significant amount of blood from the victims, including spatter and excrement (bloodstain pattern resulting from blood droplets released from an object due to its movement)”, of which the affidavit says: ” makes it likely that this evidence was transferred to Kohberger’s person, clothes or shoes.

Police were also interested in whether or not Kohberger had photos of the home where the gruesome murders took place, “and/or the surrounding neighborhood.”

The affidavit, which describes the Idaho case as a “now notorious and highly publicized murder/burglary,” says the warrants were served “because a suspect in the crimes resided and worked here during the time of the murders,” citing Kohberger. A second warrant requested permission to search Office Number 12 in WSU’s Wilson-Short Hall, which Kohberger shared with two fellow students.

“No items seized,” reads the warrant return for Kohberger’s office.

The residence in Moscow, Idaho where four young students were murdered.

The residence in Moscow, Idaho where four young students were murdered.

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Among the things police searched among Kohberger’s belongings in apartment G201 were blood, human tissue, “knives, sheaths, or other sharp tools, including a dagger, dirk, or sword,” along with any associated receipts, trace evidence such as TBEN, dark clothing and masks, fingerprints, hair ‘of human or animal/dog’ and ‘shoes with 16 diamond pattern sole’.

A dog lived in the Moscow house, which was not injured in the deadly attack. Investigators also found a shoe print at the crime scene that was “similar to the pattern of a Vans-type shoe sole,” according to a previous probable statement from detectives in Idaho, a capital-penalty state.

prof. Joseph Giacalone, a former NYPD detective who now teaches at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, told The Daily Beast that he sees the strands of hair found in Kohberger’s apartment as possibly one of the most devastating evidence has been collected.

“Remember this is coming from his apartment and not the school office,” Giacalone said Wednesday. “If those hairs come back on one of the victims and/or the dog, I don’t think his lawyer can explain that away.”

Sign at Bryan Kohberger's campus apartment

Police seized her and other evidence from apartment 201, where Kohberger lived.

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It remains unclear whether any of the victims had any knowledge of Kohberger, who was arrested Dec. 30 at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, some 2,500 miles from Moscow. Kohberger’s father flew out to drive his son back to the East Coast, making the trip in the same white Hyundai Elantra seen in the security video released by authorities after the gruesome murders – but with a set of new license plates, which Kohberger received five days later after the murders.

The murders occurred sometime between 4 a.m. and 4:25 a.m. on Nov. 13, Idaho detectives said in a statement filed earlier this month. Police say they found a knife scabbard at the crime scene and compared a TBEN sample from the scabbard’s cut with Kohberger’s own TBEN, which investigators extracted from the trash outside his parents’ home. Kohberger’s phone pinged from cell towers near the victims’ residence “at least 12 times before” their deaths, the affidavit states. The murder weapon has not yet been found; Police say they believe a fixed-blade knife was used.

A list of what police say they seized from Kohberger's apartment in Pullman, Washington.

A list of what police say they seized from Kohberger’s apartment in Pullman, Washington.

Whitman County Supreme Court

Kohberger, whom a former teacher recently described as “brilliant,” graduated earlier this year from a criminal justice master’s program at DeSales University, a Catholic school in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. At DeSales, he studied with famed forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland, who wrote books like How to Catch a Killer, The Psychology of Death Investigations and The Mind of a Murderer.