Accused Idaho killer Bryan Kohberger wrote gushing email to police chief looking for job

Bryan Kohberger sent a gushing email to his local police chief looking for a job months before he allegedly murdered four University of Idaho students.

Washington State University doctoral student wrote the missive to Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins in hopes of landing a three-year public safety research assistantship in early 2022, Inside Edition reported.

“It was a great pleasure meeting you today and sharing my thoughts and excitement about the Public Safety Research Assistant,” Kohberger reportedly wrote shortly after their April 12 meeting.

“I am awaiting your response. Sincerely, Bryan,” he added.

Jenkins reportedly replied, “It’s great to meet you and talk to you as well.”

The graduate research assistant position was offered by WSU, where Kohberger was pursuing a doctorate in criminology.

Kohberger wrote to Jenkins hours after they reportedly met on April 12, 2022.

“The purpose of these positions is to support each agency with data management and analysis, and position them for success when seeking external funding,” according to a job description released by the university, Inside reported. Editing.

It was unclear whether Kohberger had been offered the job with the Pullman Police Force, which did not respond to requests for comment from Inside Edition.

It was also unclear whether the research position was the same one mentioned in Kohberger’s probable case affidavit, which claims he “wrote an essay when he applied for an internship with Pullman Police Fall 2022”.


Gary Jenkins, when he was Chief of the Pullman Police Department
Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins, who later became Washington State University Chief.
Pullman Police Station

In that essay, he reportedly wrote that “he had an interest in helping rural law enforcement agencies better collect and analyze technological data in public safety operations.”

Jenkins then became Washington State University’s police chief in August 2022 after leading the local Pullman Force for 12 years, according to his LinkedIn account.


Students killed at the University of Idaho
Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, were killed on November 13.

On Nov. 13, Kohberger allegedly killed Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, at their off-campus home in neighboring Idaho.

He has been charged with four counts of first degree murder and one count of burglary in connection with the shocking crime.

WSU police recovered a possibly blood-stained mattress cover, human hair, a glove and a computer from his apartment, according to a search warrant unsealed last week.

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