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College of Idaho Murders Versus Ted Bundy Murders

The disturbing Nov. 13 murder of four University of Idaho students bears an uncanny resemblance to two previous college-town massacres, including serial killer Ted Bundy’s infamous sorority party more than four decades ago.

Retired criminal investigator Matt Hogan told Fox News the Idaho murders were “strikingly similar” to the events of January 15, 1978, when Ted Bundy broke into Florida State University’s Chi Omega home in Tallahassee.

“Bundy was aware of the victims in the house, and it was kind of a frantic attack with extreme violence,” Hoggatt explained.

Bundy – then a prolific serial killer who is said to have kidnapped and murdered more than 30 women and often raped their corpses – fatally beat and strangled two Chi Omega sisters and left two others badly injured before heading to a nearby basement apartment. A fifth victim also survived but remained permanently deaf.

Serial killer Ted Bundy, left, with girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall.
A final photo of the Idaho victims just hours before they were killed.
A final photo of the Idaho victims just hours before they were killed.

“Bundy enjoyed the hunt and the climax of the kill. He enjoyed the anticipation and the storyline, and that’s what it looks like here,” Hoggatt said.

Idaho police and the FBI are still on the hunt for the killers of college students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, all killed in an apparently unprovoked attack at their home off campus in Moscow in the Std. from 13.11. They have yet to reveal a suspect’s name or find a murder weapon.

The off-campus Moscow home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death on November 13.
The off-campus Moscow home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death on November 13.
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Bundy — who was eventually executed in Florida in 1989 — isn’t the only killer terrorizing a college town in the Sunshine State.

Joseph Scott Morgan, a professor of applied forensic medicine at Jacksonville State University, told Fox the Moscow massacre reminded him of Danny Rolling, the so-called “Gainesville Ripper,” who murdered five students at the Florida university over four days in August 1990.

“It was about knives, happened in a college town but in homes off campus, and Rolling went into the homes that had more than one occupant,” Morgan explained.

The body of Margaret Bowman, one of the Chi Omega sisters, who was killed in her bed by Ted Bundy in 1978.
The body of Margaret Bowman, one of the Chi Omega sisters, who was killed in her bed by Ted Bundy in 1978.
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Not only did Rolling rob his victims, but he also taunted the police by leaving their bodies in crude poses. His reign of terror inspired the 1996 horror film Scream.

Rolling’s crimes and the University of Idaho murders are “very risky,” Morgan said.

“But that’s all just speculation,” he said. “All that really matters right now is to catch that person,” he said, referring to the hunt for the Idaho killer.

"Gainesville Ripper" Danny Rolling in court after being arrested in the 1990 murder spree.
“Gainesville Ripper” Danny Rolling in court after being arrested in the 1990 murder spree.
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Officials remove evidence from home crime scene in Moscow.
Officials remove evidence from home crime scene in Moscow.
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Despite Hoggatt and Morgan’s comparisons, retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente balked at the idea that the Moscow killer was a serial robber like Bundy or Rolling.

“If he was a serial killer, I would expect him to kill everyone in the house, so I think it was a targeted attack, very different from Bundy, who was a random attack,” Clemente told Fox. Investigators in Moscow had previously confirmed it was a “personal” attack; Two other roommates were unharmed and would not have heard the killings.

Speaking to the Post on Wednesday, Clemente insisted the killer was likely a “younger” man who at least one of the victims knew.

Blood oozes from the side of the off-campus Moscow home.
Blood oozes from the side of the off-campus Moscow home.
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“Entering an occupied home with six young adults, each of whom might have a knife, gun or cell phone to call the police, is extremely risky unless you know the circumstances inside,” he said.

Since Thursday, Moscow police have been investigating a possible connection between the November 13 murders and the unsolved double stabbing of an Oregon couple last year.

“We are looking at all possibilities and we have other agencies that are contacting us with other cases and things that we will follow up on,” Police Chief James Fry said on Wednesday.

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