The 28-year-old man accused of brutally murdering four University of Idaho students back in November appeared to stalk the victims at their home for months before ultimately deciding to commit the act, according to newly released court documents.
It has been nearly two months since Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21, were murdered in their home on November 13.
A SWAT team arrested the suspect, who The Daily Wire is not naming in keeping with a policy to deprive mass killers of the notoriety they often crave, late last month, some 2,400 miles from the crime scene in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
Investigators said in court documents that the suspect’s cell phone records showed that he appeared to stalk the victims at their home “on at least twelve occasions” between June 2022 and the date of the murders.
One of the surviving roommates said that she woke up around 4 a.m. to the sound of what she believed was one of the murder victims playing with her dog.
“A short time later [the roommate] said she heard who she thought was Goncalves say something to the effect of ‘there’s someone here,’” the documents said.
The roommate said “she looked out of her bedroom but did not see anything when she heard the comment about someone being in the house,” the documents said. “She opened her door a second time when she heard what she thought was crying coming from Kernodle’s room.”
“[The roommate] then said she heard a male voice say something to the effect of ‘it’s ok, I’m going to help you,’” the document continued.
The documents then describe the moment that investigators believe that the roommate encountered the alleged murderer: “[The roommate] stated she opened her door for the third time after she heard the crying and saw a figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person’s mouth and nose walking towards her.”
“The male walked past [the roommate] as she stood in a ‘frozen shock phase.’ The male walked towards the back sliding glass door. [The roommate] locked herself in her room after seeing the male. D.M. did not state that she recognized the male,” the documents continued.
Investigators say that the murderers happened between 4:00 a.m. and 4:25 a.m.
Police were not called to the scene for more than seven hours after the murders took place.