Brian Kochberger sent a hot email to the local police chief looking for work months before he allegedly killed four University of Idaho students.
Washington State University graduate student wrote to Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins in hopes of landing a three-year public safety researcher position in early 2022, Inside Edition reports.
“It was a great pleasure meeting you today and sharing my thoughts and excitement about the public safety internship,” Kochberger reportedly wrote shortly after their April 12 meeting.
“Looking forward to your response. Sincerely, Brian,” he added.
Jenkins reportedly replied, “Nice to meet you and talk to you.”
The postgraduate research position was offered by WSU, where Kochberger was pursuing his doctorate in criminology.
“The purpose of these positions is to support each agency through data management and analysis, as well as to facilitate their success in seeking external funding,” according to a job description published by the university, Inside Edition reports.
It was unclear if Kochberger was offered a position with the Pullman Police, which did not respond to Inside Edition’s requests for comment.
It was also unclear whether the research position was the same as that mentioned in Kochberger’s affidavit in the case, which alleges that he “wrote the essay when he applied for an internship with the Pullman Police Department in the fall of 2022.”
In this essay, he reportedly wrote that he “was interested in assisting rural law enforcement on how to better collect and analyze technology data in public safety operations.”
Jenkins later became Washington State University’s police chief in August 2022, after leading the local Pullman force for 12 years, according to his LinkedIn account.
On November 13, Kochberger allegedly killed Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylie Gonsalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, at their off-campus home in nearby Idaho.
He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary in a shocking crime.
According to a search warrant printed last week, WSU police found a possibly bloody mattress pad, human hair, a glove and a computer in his apartment.