On Friday, the Pennsylvania State Police announced the arrest of Bryan Kohberger – the primary suspect in the murder of four University of Idaho students in November 2022. He was arrested in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, and has had his name and image plastered all over social media and the news ever since.
In the days after his arrest went public, the world has gotten a chance to hear a wide variety of stories from those who have interacted with Kohberger in recent years. Knowing what they know about him now, their alleged interactions with him are both harrowing and disturbing as they recount the type of person he was.
For example, Jordan Serulneck – the owner of Seven Sirens Brewing Company – discussed a time when he allegedly had to confront Kohberger regarding inappropriate and creepy comments he was making to his staff. The suspect reportedly didn’t make a scene but rather tried to play it off like they had the wrong guy. He later left.
Serulneck explained how the staff was allowed to input notes into the bar’s system, which would be visible anytime that person’s ID was scanned. “Staff put in there, ‘Hey, this guy makes creepy comments, keep an eye on him. He’ll have two or three beers and then just get a little too comfortable,’” said Serulneck.
In an effort to put an end to the “creepy comments,” Serulneck reportedly confronted Kohberger. “Hey Bryan, welcome back. We appreciate you coming back. … I just wanted to talk to you real quick and make sure that you’re going to be respectful this time and we’re not going to have any issues,” he said to Kohberger.
Bryan Kohberger reportedly tried to play it off like he was innocent. “And he was completely taken aback. He was shocked that I was saying that, and he said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about. You totally have me confused,’” added Serulneck. After drinking a beer, Kohberger left the bar and never returned.
It’s just one of the many stories people have of Kohberger – another being a couple who lived below the suspect in a Pullman, Washington housing complex. While they didn’t have any creepy interactions with Kohberger, they feel as if their home is unsafe and the thought of his murders leaves them feeling uneasy.
Washington State Students Talk About Classmate Bryan Kohberger
At the time of the murders, Bryan Kohberger was a graduate student at Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology – the campus is about 7 miles from the University of Idaho (about a 10-minute drive). With his arrest going public, some of his classmates are speaking out.
One classmate, BK Norton, took four classes with the suspect and discussed how Bryan reportedly failed to talk about or show empathy for the murders when they got brought up in class. “We were released from class early after the murders to get home when it was still light out, and Bryan was in those classes with us.”
Austin Morrison, who said Kohberger was his teaching assistant, described the murder suspect as “rather quiet” – adding that he often sat off to the side and refused to talk a lot. Despite the arrest and charges being made against Kohberger, Morrison believes the suspect to be “innocent until proven guilty.”
As for Bryan Kohberger, his defense attorney says the suspect is ‘really shocked’ by his arrest and is ‘eager to be exonerated’ for the crimes in question. As of right now, he’s being charged with the murders of Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
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