Experts say the University of Idaho killings bear eerie similarities to Ted Bundy’s murderous attack on a Chi Omega sorority and the killing of Danny Rowling in a college town in Florida.
“It’s strikingly similar to the Ted Bundy attack,” said Matt Hoggett, a retired criminal investigator with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in Mississippi. “Bondi had knowledge of the victims in the home, and this was a frenzied attack with extreme violence.”
Ethan Chapin, 20, Zana Kurnodel, 20, Madison Maughan, 21, and Kelly Goncalves were brutally stabbed to death between 3 and 4 a.m. on Nov. 13 in a rented house near the campus in Moscow, Idaho. went.
According to Latah County Coroner Kathy Mabbitt, each victim suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso and some suffered defensive injuries.
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In January 1978, Bondi entered Florida State University’s Chi Omega house in Tallahassee around 3 a.m., beating and strangling two women – one of whom he sexually assaulted.
“Bondi enjoyed the real climax to the hunt and the murder. He enjoyed the anticipation and the intrigue, and that’s what it looks like here.”
He then bludgeoned two other students to within inches of their lives. After fleeing the scene, he broke into a nearby apartment belonging to a University of Florida student before a neighbor scared him off.
“Bondi enjoyed the real build-up to the hunt and the murder. He enjoyed the anticipation and the intrigue, and that seems to be the case here,” said Hoggett, who previously worked as a detective with the Gautier Police Department.
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But Bundy, who killed at least 30 women and girls, was a prolific serial killer — and retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente said there was no indication the Idaho slaying suspect wanted him. What was the first attack?
“If it was a serial killer, I would have expected him to kill everyone in the house, so I believe it was a targeted attack, as opposed to Bundy, which was a random attack,” he said. It was an attack.”
The Idaho college killer spared two roommates and a dog and did not sexually assault any victims, officials said. Authorities in Idaho have not yet identified a suspect or determined whether the attacker acted alone.
After learning about the quadruple murder, forensic expert Joseph Scott Morgan said the first case that came to mind was serial killer Danny Rowling, also known as the Gainesville Ripper, whose crimes inspired Wes Craven’s 1996 inspired the horror film “Scream”.
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In August 1990, Rowling stabbed five students to death in Gainesville, Florida during a four-day killing spree. He raped four female victims and beheaded one of them.
“It involved stabbings, which took place in a college town but in off-campus homes, and rolling went into homes with more than one occupant,” said Morgan, a professor of applied forensics at Jacksonville State University.
They are both “very high risk” crimes, he said.
“But this is all speculation,” Morgan added. “What’s really important right now is to catch this person.”
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Ashley Papa and Haley Chi Sing contributed to this report.