Quadruple murder suspect Bryan Kohberger once bragged about his physical prowess and his skills with a knife, which he learned cutting fish, in an application to become a security guard.
Kohberger, 28, applied for a job in Pennsylvania’s Pleasant Valley School District in 2015, reports Fox news. He cited his year of juvenile law enforcement training while in high school in the filing.
“I boxed every day after school at 209 Jesse Harris Boxing Gym next to Big Cheese Pizza when it was still open. I also took one year of the Law Enforcement Program and one year of HVAC,” Kohberger wrote.
According to the filing, Kohberger also wanted to be considered for the positions of janitor and courier within the district.
Kohberger was arrested late last year and charged with burglary and four counts of first-degree murder in connection with the murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin at a rental home near the University of Idaho campus.
Bryan Kohberger, 28, pictured in high school while participating in a juvenile law enforcement training program
Kohberger said he lost 130 pounds in high school thanks to his physical routine of boxing and running
Chapin, second from right, was killed along with Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and his girlfriend Xana Kernodle, 20
Criminology student Bryan Kohberger, 28, has been charged in their deaths. It is unclear whether he will receive the death penalty
The November 13, 2022 murders stunned Moscow’s rural community and prompted many students to leave campus early and switch to remote learning for the rest of the semester.
Kohberger was a graduate student studying criminology at nearby Washington State University when University of Idaho students were killed, but prosecutors have not released information about how they believe he chose the victims or if he met any of them before.
Kohberger lists two previous positions in his security guard application, working at the Big Brown Fish and Pay Lakes in 2011 and at the meat counter at BJ’s Wholesale Club in 2015.
The murder suspect went on to say that he had experience working with his father as a maintenance worker on pipes and air conditioners.
Kohberger brags about losing 130 lbs while in high school, attributing boxing and running to the weight loss. Another skill mentioned by Kohberger is that of an “impromptu speaker,” competitive improvisational public speaking.
“I lost 130 pounds at age 15 to 16 while attending school at PVHS and MCTI. I believe this is proof that I have the commitment required to be successful,” he wrote, according to the Fox News Digital report.
He got the job, starting as ‘loose guard’, before being promoted to ‘part-time guard’.
Another skill Kohberger mentions in his application is that he is an “impromptu speaker,” competitive improvisational public speaking.
In June 2021, Kohberger resigned from the school. “I understand that if I do not resign, I am entitled to a hearing from the school board to determine whether I should be fired from the school district,” he wrote in the letter. The exact circumstances surrounding his resignation are not public.
The Fox report says Kohberger was suspended for a day without pay due to a problem with his approval.
In June 2018, Kohberger, along with two of his colleagues, saved the life of another colleague who suffered a medical emergency at the school, reported the Pocono record at the time.
Kohberger’s boss at the Big Brown Fish and Pay Lakes previously told Fox that the former Washington State University student never used a knife while working there.
Last month, Kohberger declined to enter pleas in Latah County District Court, with his attorney Anne Taylor telling the judge they are “silenced” at this time.
In response, 2nd District Judge John Judge entered not guilty pleas on Kohberger’s behalf.
It is unusual, but not unheard of, for defendants to remain ‘silent’ in criminal cases. Sometimes this is done because defendants and their attorneys feel they need more time to weigh the consequences of entering a plea of guilty or not guilty; other times it may be part of a broader legal strategy or simply a defendant’s personal choice.
Kohberger refused to waive his right to a speedy trial, so the judge scheduled it to begin Oct. 2. It is still possible that the trial, which is expected to take six weeks, will be postponed or moved to another location.
Police released few details about the investigation until Kohberger was arrested early December 30, 2022, at his parents’ home in eastern Pennsylvania.
Court documents detail how police pieced together DNA evidence, cell phone records and surveillance videos that they believe link Kohberger to the murders.
Investigators said traces of DNA found on a knife sheath in the home where the students were murdered match Kohberger, and that a cell phone owned by Kohberger was near the victims’ home dozens of times prior to the murders.
A white sedan reportedly matching Kohberger’s was caught on surveillance footage repeatedly driving past the rental home around the time of the murders.
Kernodle, Chapin, Mogen, and Goncalves were friends and members of the university’s Greek system, and the three women lived together in the rented house across campus. Chapin – Kernodle’s friend – was visiting there the night of the attack.
Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson now has 60 days to let the court know whether he will seek the death penalty in this case.
The small courtroom was packed for the arraignment, with some members of the news media and other onlookers lining up three hours before proceedings were due to begin, Boise television station KTVB reported. Goncalves’ relatives were among those in attendance, one of whom cried as the indictment was read.