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University of Idaho murders compared to Ted Bundy murders

The disturbing Nov. 13 killing of four University of Idaho students bears a chilling resemblance to two previous 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 that the Idaho murders were “strikingly similar” to the events of Jan. 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 frenzied attack with extreme violence,” Hoggatt explained.

Bundy – then a prolific serial killer who allegedly kidnapped and murdered more than 30 women, often raping their corpses – fatally beat and strangled two Chi Omega sisters, leaving two others seriously injured before fleeing to a nearby basement apartment went 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.

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

Idaho police and the FBI are still searching for the killer of college students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, who were all stabbed to death in an apparently unprovoked attack at their off-campus home in Moscow. hours. of 13 November. They have not yet released a suspect’s name or found a murder weapon.

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

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

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

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

Rolling’s crimes and the killings at the University of Idaho 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 manhunt for the Idaho killer.

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

“If he was a serial killer, I would expect him to kill everybody in the house, so I think it was a targeted attack, totally different from Bundy, who was a random attack,” Clemente told Fox. Investigators in Moscow previously confirmed that the attack was “personal”; two other roommates were unharmed and would not have heard the murders take place.

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

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

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

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

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