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Idaho College Murder Latest: Three Mistakes in Moscow Police Investigation

Experts have pointed out a number of mistakes in the investigation into the murder of four University of Idaho students.

The brutal stabbings have drawn national attention as local police in Moscow, which committed the last homicide in 2015 before the November 13 quadruple, scramble to gather evidence.

More than 10 days after the brutal stabbings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Moge, 21, no arrests have been made and the suspects have yet to be identified.

More details are expected to be revealed during Wednesday’s press conference.

While the public and bereaved families are frustrated by the lack of information released and conspiracy theories fueled accordingly by online detectives, a retired NYPD sergeant told Fox that the Moscow police revealed a lot.

“Investigators released too much information,” Joseph Giacalone, a 20-year police veteran and professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told the network.

Mr. Giacalone criticized the Latah County coroner, Cathy Mabbutt, who appeared in several media interviews across the country and revealed what Mr. Giacalone described as speculation.

Ms Mabbutt called the murders “personal” after an autopsy was performed and revealed the victims were found in their beds and were likely asleep when they were attacked. She added that the weapon used was a “large knife”.

“It was not only surprising, but irritating,” Fox told Giacalone. “It’s not her place to investigate this on TV and speculate.”

Another source of controversy over the conduct of the investigation was the initial assessment by Moscow Police Chief Jame Fry, who assured the community in the small university town that three days after the brutal murders, there was no ongoing threat.

He later retracted these remarks, asking residents to be vigilant and careful with their surroundings.

“They don’t have an identified suspect, and they still don’t have a motive, so until you have these two extremely important elements, you can’t reassure the public,” Giacalone told Fox.

On Wednesday, Moscow police said the crime scene had been extended to a parking lot, but just a day earlier, a spokesman for the Idaho State Police said Independent this was not the case and that the boundary tape had been moved because “detectives needed extra space to work”.

After the murders, the mayor of Moscow, Art Bettge, gave a premature assessment of the murders, calling them a “crime of passion”. According to the city’s website, Mr. Bettge does not appear to have any background in criminology.

Herman Weisberg, who is also a retired NYPD officer, told Fox that while the department is inundated with requests from news channels, the integrity of the investigation must remain a top priority.

“Personally, I shudder to see how the media and the public’s demands for information outweigh the need to maintain the integrity of the investigation,” Weisberg said.


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