Bryan Christopher Kohberger is an alumnus of Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, United States and DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. He was born in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania to Michael Kohberger and MaryAnn Kohberger.
Michael worked as a maintenance worker while Maryann was a substitute teacher. They filed for bankruptcy in 1995 and in 2010.
Coming from a family of mental health workers, Bryan has two older sisters namely Amanda Kohberger and Melissa Kohberger. Amanda is a licensed school counselor while Melissa is a licensed associate counselor.
Bryan is a criminology buff and a registered libertarian voter. Here are 13 more things about him:
- From 2013 to 2014, he attended Monroe Career and Technical Institute in Bartonsville, Pennsylvania. He dropped out without completing the course.
- Beginning in high school, he had struggled with a heroin addiction but he was sober by 2017. At the start of senior year, he started taking boxing classes.
- In 2018, he earned his associate’s degree in psychology from Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
- In 2020, he earned his bachelor’s degree from DeSales University where he studied in part under forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland, the author of “The Mind of a Murderer“, “The Psychology of Death Investigations“, “How to Catch a Killer” and 65 other books.
- Until 2021, the Pleasant Valley School District in Brodheadsville employed him as a security guard.
- In May 2022, a user on Reddit using his name started posting, asking for information to help a “research project that seeks to understand how emotions and psychological traits influence decision-making when committing a crime”.
- In June 2022, he earned his master’s degree in criminal justice from DeSales University.
- In August, 2022, he began the fall semester as a PhD student in the criminal justice program of Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in Pullman, Washington, USA across the state border from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, USA. During the semester, he was also a teaching assistant in a criminal law class.
- On November 13, 2022, he allegedly fatally stabbed University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, at an off-campus house in Moscow and fled the scene in a white Hyundai Elantra. His deoxyribonucleic acid matched DNA recovered at the crime scene.
- On December 13, 2022, he and his father arrived at their home in Indian Mountain Lake, a gated community in Chestnuthill Township, Pennsylvania, after their preplanned, end-of-semester cross-country road trip. That day, they were pulled over twice while driving in his white Hyundai Elantra from Pullman to Indiana for speeding and tailgating.
- At around 1:30 a.m. on December 30, 2022, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested him at their home in Indian Mountain Lake. Later that day, he appeared before a judge in Monroe County Court in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and was charged with felony burglary and four charges of first-degree murder in Idaho.
- He was 28 years old when he was arrested on December 30, 2022. On January 1, 2022, his public defender Jason LaBar released a statement from his family saying in part, “We will continue to let the legal process unfold and as a family we will love and support our son and brother. We have fully cooperated with law enforcement agencies in an attempt to seek the truth and promote his presumption of innocence rather than judge unknown facts and make erroneous assumptions.”
- On January 3, 2022, he appeared in Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania before Judge Margherita Patti-Worthington. He waived extradition from Pennsylvania to face murder charges in Idaho. The judge ordered he must be handed over to the custody of Latah County District Attorney’s Office in Moscow within 10 days.
(This is a developing story. More details will be added.)