Why murders at Idaho College are compared to mysterious stabbings in Salem

Police are continuing to investigate the murder of four University of Idaho students in the early hours of November 13.

Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death in a college dorm in Moscow, Idaho.

Goncalves, Kernodle and Morgan all lived on the property while Chapin spent the night at his girlfriend’s.

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University of Idaho student victims: Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin and Madison Mogen.
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All four victims were attacked by an unknown assailant while they slept in their beds.

Two other students who were in the home at the time of the attack were unharmed.

Police have confirmed there are no suspects or a man whom Goncalves and Mogen tried to call repeatedly in the hours leading up to their attack.

He has not been identified by authorities but has been spoken to The New York Times Goncalves’ older sister Alivea said he was Jack DuCoeur, Goncalves’ former boyfriend.

Alivea Goncalves added that the family “stands behind Jack 100 percent and knows he has absolutely nothing to do with it.”

At a news conference on Thursday, Moscow Police Department chief James Frye said investigators had received a tip that may link the killings to another deadly attack that took place in Salem, Oregon last year.

What happened in Salem?

On August 13, 2021, Travis Juetten, 26, and Jamilyn Juetten, 24, were woken up early in the morning when a masked man entered their bedroom and began stabbing them with a knife.

Travis was killed trying to fight off the attacker while Jamilyn survived despite receiving 19 stab wounds.

A friend who also lived in the house called 911 and is said to have deterred the attacker.

Travis Jütten’s family has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading police to the killer.

At a news conference, Travis’ mother, Myra Jütten, said: “Up until that morning of August 13, I never understood what a broken heart felt like. A monster has decided that her life is more important than our son’s.

“Every day the grief grows worse as we have no answers. Please be the hero I know is out there with whatever information you have.”

What is the connection to the Idaho attack?

Both the Moscow and Salem attacks took place around 3am, with a suspect breaking into a property and attacking the sleeping residents with a knife.

In both cases, the killer left other residents unharmed and fled the scene.

When asked by a reporter about Salem’s murder on Thursday, Chief Frye confirmed that Moscow police had received a tip regarding the crime.

He said: “We are looking at every avenue and we have other authorities that are reaching out to us with other cases, things that we will follow up.”

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, serving Salem, Oregon, has been reached for comment.

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