Experts told Fox News Digital that Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger probably acted out of "arousal" and "hatred" when he allegedly entered an off-campus home during the night and killed four students with a knife.
Retired FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole stated that "He would have been in a heightened state of arousal, meaning he was emotionally or sexually aroused while committing the murders. I suspect it was both," in regards to Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger.
She added that the heightened state of arousal that Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger was in, is driven by hatred and not anger.
"It's a very dark mindset. It's not highly impulsive. It's not reckless. It's ‘I hate this person, they have to die,’" she said.
Kohberger, 28, has been charged with the murder of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin on November 13th at a rental house in Moscow between 4 a.m. and 4:25 a.m. He denies the accusations.
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Two female roommates, one of whom had an encounter with the killer shortly after the murders, were unharmed.
O'Toole suspects that the main target of the crime committed by the Ph.D. student, Bryan Kohberger, was Kaylee Goncalves or her best friend, Madison Mogen, or possibly both of them, who were killed while sleeping in the same bed on the third floor of the King Road home.
It is believed that the rampage began in Madison Mogen's bedroom, where a Ka-Bar knife sheath was found beside her body, before the killer possibly descended to the second floor and attacked Ethan Chapin and his girlfriend, Xana Kernodle. It should be noted that Ethan Chapin did not reside at the King Road home.
"Motives for some crimes are unusual in that they lie in the offender," O'Toole said to Fox News Digital. "He hated them. He needed them dead. Had they done anything to him? No. The victims were like objects to the killer."
It is currently unknown if the murdered students had any prior interaction with Bryan Kohberger, however, it was reported by People Magazine that he had sent several messages to one of the women on Instagram two weeks prior to the killings.
"He slid into one of the girls' DMs several times but she didn't respond," the source said to Fox News Digital. "Basically, it was just him saying, 'Hey, how are you?' But he did it again and again."
Chris Swecker, the former head of the FBI's Criminal Investigation Division, concurred with Mary Ellen O'Toole's analysis, drawing similarities to serial killer Ted Bundy.
"You can't project normal motives to a killer like this," he said. "Kohberger was an awkward person, disconnected, on the fringes and margins and not well-adjusted to society."
Swecker pointed out that the victims had a significant presence on social media and generated a lot of online attention.
"We know he was trying to contact one of the victims aggressively and persistently," he said. "Guys like that, I think all their lives they are building up to this point of resentment where it kind of boils over."
Swecker compared Kohberger to Bundy in that he could not interact with women in a normal way.
"This was [Kohberger's] way of possessing those women and having total control," Swecker said.
Chris Swecker added that it is likely that Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were unintended victims and not the primary targets of Bryan Kohberger's attack.
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