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Experts say the University of Idaho murders bear eerie similarities to the murders of Chi Omega sorority in a Florida college town and the murders of Danny Rowling to Ted Bundy.

“It’s strikingly similar to the Ted Bundy attack,” said Matt Hoggatt, a retired criminal investigator with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in Mississippi. “Bundy knew about the victims in the house and it was a kind of frenzied attack with extreme violence.”

Ethan Chapin, 20, Janna Karnodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were brutally stabbed to death between 3 and 4 a.m. Nov. 13 at a rental home near the campus in Moscow, Idaho.

According to Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabutt, each victim had multiple stab wounds to the torso and some had defensive injuries.

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Timeline of the University of Idaho massacre: What we know about the murders of four students

A composite of a photo of University of Idaho murder victim and serial killer Ted Bundy, left and Dannii Rowling, right.
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In January 1978, Bundy entered the Chi Omega house at Florida State University in Tallahassee at about 3 a.m. then beat and strangled two women – one of whom he sexually assaulted.

“Bundy enjoys the hunt and the real climax to the murder. He enjoys anticipation and intrigue, and that’s what it looks like here,”

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— said Matt Hoggart, a retired criminal investigator with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

Then he bludgeoned two more students within inches of their lives. After fleeing the scene of the crime, he entered the nearby apartment of a University of Florida student and brutally beat him before the neighbor scared him off.

A general view of the home at 1122 King Road in Moscow, Idaho, on November 21, 2022, where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death.

A general view of the home at 1122 King Road in Moscow, Idaho, on November 21, 2022, where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death.
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“Bundy enjoyed the hunt and the real climax to the murder. He enjoyed anticipation and intrigue, and that seems to be the case here,” said Hoggott, 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 Clement said there was no indication the suspect in the Idaho murders had struck before.

Four victims of the November 13, 2022, University of Idaho massacre.

Four victims of the November 13, 2022, University of Idaho massacre.
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“If it was a serial killer, I would expect him to kill everyone in the house, so I believe it was a targeted attack, very different from Bundy, which was a random attack,” he said.

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An Idaho college killer spared two roommates and a dog and did not sexually assault any of the predators, officials said. Idaho authorities have not yet identified a suspect or determined whether the attacker acted alone.

After learning about the quadruple murders, forensics expert Joseph Scott Morgan said the first thing that popped into his head was serial killer Danny Rowling, also known as the Gainesville Ripper, whose crimes inspired Wes Craven’s 1996 horror film “Scream.”

Idaho police are investigating whether the killer was hiding in the woods before the College Code massacre

In August 1990, Rowling stabbed five students to death during a four-day killing spree in Gainesville, Florida. He raped four women and beheaded one of them.

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Similar to a ghost mask featured in Wes Craven's 1996 film "scream," which was inspired by the crimes of serial killer Danny Rowling.

Similar to a ghost mask featured in Wes Craven’s 1996 film “Scream,” which was inspired by the crimes of serial killer Dannii Rowling.
(Victoria Jones/PA Photo via Getty Images)

“It involved a knife, it happened in a college town but in an off-campus house and Rowling went to this house that had multiple occupants,” said Morgan, a professor of applied forensics at Jacksonville State University.

He said both were “extremely high risk” offences.

“But this is all speculation,” Morgan added. “What’s important right now is catching this person.”

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Anyone with information is asked to contact Moscow police at 208-883-7054 or tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

Ashley Papa and Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.

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