Idaho university murders: Self-described ‘socially awkward’ neighbor denies rumors he’s the killer


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Flowers and other items are displayed at a growing memorial in front of a campus entrance sign for the University of Idaho, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho. Four University of Idaho students were found dead on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at a residence near campus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Ted S. Warren/AP

Idaho university murders: Self-described ‘socially awkward’ neighbor denies rumors he’s the killer

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A self-described “socially awkward” third-year law student at the University of Idaho has denied rumors that he’s the at-large culprit responsible for the murder of four students inside an off-campus home earlier this month.

Police are still investigating the quadruple murders that occurred on Nov. 13, with officials confirming they still have not identified a suspect or found a murder weapon. Third-year student Jeremy Reagan responded to rumors that he may be the one behind the murders during an interview with CourtTV on Tuesday, telling reporters he has “nothing to hide.”


“I’m willing to give DNA, fingerprints, whatever they need,” he said. “I’m naturally an awkward person, just my mannerisms, the way I talk … my natural person, just a little bit socially awkward, so I might smile at points that I shouldn’t. I might make weird hand movements when I shouldn’t.”

Prosecutors approached Reagan for questioning earlier this week but didn’t request DNA sampling from him, he told the outlet. However, he noted that he agreed to come down to the station for further questioning if it was deemed necessary.

However, the “ruthless” online rumors, as Reagan describes them, have prompted the law student to begin carrying a gun around campus, he said.

“They’ve already contacted my friends asking questions about me,” Reagan said. “And so who knows if someone’s going to go so far as to try and confront me in person?”

Reagan previously told the New York Post that he didn’t know the victims but that he would often walk past the house where they were murdered a couple of times a week to walk his dog.

“There were parties that were kind of loud,” he said. “As I would take my dog in and out to go to the bathroom, I would just be walking by, [and] I would look up, and I would see people in the windows almost every night, probably four or five nights a week.”


The victims have been identified as university students Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21. Each was murdered in bed and was stabbed in both the chest and upper body with a large knife.

Police have ruled out the two surviving roommates, as well as additional friends who were in the home at the time of the 911 call, as suspects in their investigation.

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