Father of Maddie Mogen, student killed in Idaho, is convinced that the murderer will be arrested

The father of murdered University of Idaho student Madison Mogen believes the person who stabbed his daughter and three of her friends to death will be caught.

Ben Mogen told the spokesman he remains optimistic that the efforts of Moscow, Idaho, police, FBI and state troopers will solve the crime, even if they don’t. have yet to announce suspects or clear work leads six weeks after the brutal quadruple murder. .

“From the very beginning, I’ve known that people don’t get away with these things these days,” the grieving father said of the brutal early morning stabbings that took place on November 13.

“There are too many things you can find yourself on, like DNA and videos everywhere,” he said, although so far no such clue seems to have been found.

“It’s not something that people get away with, that goes unresolved,” he told the Idaho newspaper.

Still, Mogen said it had been excruciating to wait for a breakthrough so long after her 21-year-old daughter was stabbed alongside her best friend Kaylee Goncalves, also 21, of their roommate Xana Kernodle, 20 years old, and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20 years old.

The father of murdered University of Idaho student Madison Mogen thinks the person who slaughtered his daughter and three of her friends will get caught.
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A photo of Madison Mogen.
Madison Mogen, a student at the University of Idaho, was murdered alongside her roommates in an off-campus house on November 13, 2022.
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“There were so many questions that I thought I would find an answer to, and we’re still waiting,” Mogen told the newspaper.

Unlike Goncalves’ father – who has repeatedly criticized the police investigation and lack of updates – Mogen has spoken highly of the daily checks he receives from officers.

He also remains confident in the strength of the small city of Moscow, which is leading the investigation, given that it has the help of state and federal agencies.

“I just need to know that they know what they’re doing, and if they don’t, then they know someone who does,” Mogen said of the investigators.

Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right.
The other three victims who were murdered are students Kaylee Goncalves (bottom left), 21, Ethan Chapin (center), 20, and Xana Kernodle (right), 20.

Having information from official sources also helps him stay away from uninformed guesswork from online sleuths.

“I can get all my news on this directly from [the investigators]and I don’t have to try to wrestle with all this misinformation,” he said.

“I just have to take the higher route on this stuff, otherwise it will harm my well-being; I mean, it’s hard enough as it is,” Mogen said. “I’m just trying to get through these days one at a time.”

Estate of 1122 Kings Road, Moscow, ID, where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death.

Having information from official sources also helps Ben Mogen steer clear of uninformed guesswork from online sleuths.


Makeshift memorial in front of the house where the four students were stabbed to death.

A makeshift memorial in front of the house where the four students were stabbed to death.


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Mogen recalled hearing the news of his daughter’s death while at the movies, with his daughter’s mother, Karen Laramie, and his own mother trying to reach him at the same time.

“I was thinking about all these terrible things that I was preparing for, and none of them prepared me for what they actually said to me,” he said.

When he finally got his hands on Laramie, “We didn’t even know what to say to each other, we were both sobbing,” he said of the call with his ex.

Investigators are collecting evidence in the front section of an off-campus house where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death.
Mogen’s father said he trusted authorities in Moscow to investigate.
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“We just cried together on the phone, I guess. There are simply no words for it all.

He recalled that his daughter was “smart and funny” and “a real go-getter”.

“I’m so proud to be able to say she was my daughter and what she was doing with her life and where she was going,” Mogen told the newspaper. “She was living the life she deserved.”

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