Ex-FBI says Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger had an ‘incel complex’ that drove him to kill


University of Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger may have been driven to kill by his history of social issues and a possible ‘incel complex,’ a former FBI investigator opined.

‘The murders may have been … an effort to assert some type of dominance,’ former FBI agent and security expert Pete Yachmetz explained to The Post.

Kohberger, 28, was arrested late last month for the Nov. 13 stabbing deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, at an off-campus residence in Moscow, Idaho.

Yachmetz believes the brutality of the crime and Kohberger’s history of social challenges may offer some hints to his possible motive.

‘I believe a continued stabbing of a victim indicates … an uncontrollable rage and extreme anger,’ Yachmetz said, noting that Kohberger has been described as ‘socially awkward with a long history of interpersonal problems.’

A final photo of the victims, just hours before their untimely deaths.

‘I think he may have developed a sort of incel complex,’ he surmised.

The term incel is an abbreviation of ‘involuntarily celibate’ — generally used to refer to men who struggle to establish romantic or sexual relationships.

The identity is occasionally linked to misogynistic online forums and, in extreme cases, crime: In 2021, self-professed incel Tres Genco was busted for planning a mass shooting of 3,000 sorority sisters at an unnamed Ohio university.

Genco, 22, plead guilty to the sick plot and is facing life in prison.

Though it is not a proper psychological definition, Psychology Today noted last year that men who identify as incels often have poor mental health, and experience feelings of victimhood, inferiority and loneliness.

Yachmetz’s personal analysis of Kohberger echoed that of Dr. Carole Lieberman, a forensic psychiatrist who told CourtTV last week that she believed the suspect fit the incel profile.

The house at 1122 King Road where the four students were slain in November.

‘I’ve been saying from the beginning that he’s an incel,’ Lieberman said, explaining that she was largely convinced due to Kohberger’s alleged ‘choice of victims,’ or decision to target mostly female college students.

Kohberger is due back in court on June 26.

Lieberman was also intrigued by evidence that suggested Kohberger returned to the crime scene in the hours after the murders.

‘Incels like to be known for when they kill people, or when they have a conquest like this,’ she said.

‘On the one hand, he wanted to commit the perfect crime and not be caught, but on the other hand, he did want to be caught, and be proud, in a sense, of what he did.’

After a brief hearing on Thursday, the suspect remains in custody in Latah County, where he is being held without bail.

Kohberger, who has not yet entered a plea to four counts of murder and one of felony burglary, is expected back in court on June 26.

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