Idaho suspect Bryan Kohberger spends his days ranting and singing lyrics to violent rap songs in the Pennsylvania jail where he is being held.
And on several occasions, the man accused of killing four University of Idaho students attempted to expose himself to a female inmate being held in a cell near him.
Now that inmate, 50-year-old Valerie Cipollina, has revealed exclusively to how Kohberger mocked the guards, saying they were too scared to go into his cell.
“I cut them, I cut you,” Kohberger yelled repeatedly, said Cipollina, who was being held in the Monroe County Jail for six hours on a New Year’s Day domestic violence charge.
“You come in here and I’ll cut you open,” Kohberger is said to have shouted at a guard. “I’m going to pee on your face. Do what you want with me, I won’t give up anything.’
Bryan Kohberger was arrested Friday after a month-long investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students
Inmate Valerie Cipollina, 50, tells that Kohberger tried to expose himself to her while she was in a cell near him
Cipollina was in the cell near Kohberger at the Monroe County Jail in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Cipollina, who was held for six hours on domestic violence charges, said Kohberger mocked the guards, saying they were too scared to go into his cell
Cipollina was in a corner of Kohberger’s cell at the Monroe County Jail in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. She could clearly see his upper body through the glass, although his lower body was hidden from her.
He was wearing regular orange prison jumpsuits rather than the suicide “turtle suit” he was wearing when his mugshot was taken on Friday.
“You come in here and I’ll cut you open,” Kohberger is said to have shouted at a guard. “I’m going to pee on your face. Do what you want, I’m not giving up anything
At first she said she didn’t know who he was, but then she overheard prison officials talking about him and another inmate told her, “That’s the guy who killed those college students.”
She said he repeatedly lifted his shirt and she overheard the guard telling him to put his pants back on several times. She believes he tried to expose himself to her.
“I couldn’t see his genitals because the glass wall only went down that far,” she said.
Cipollina, who lives in Garnersville, New York, was arrested at a hotel in Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, just after 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day after an argument with her boyfriend.
She was checked into the Monroe County jail at 6:20 a.m. and released at 12:11 p.m. the same day.
She said being in jail for nearly six hours over New Year’s Eve was a miserable experience, but it was made much worse by Kohberger’s constant ranting.
“I could see him through the polycarbonate glass window of his prison cell. He stood squarely against it, yelling violent rap lyrics.
At one point he yelled “F**k my enemies and enemies,” a line from Lil Wayne’s Multiple Flows. He also sang violent and misogynistic lyrics from Bad Bunny songs, she said.
At one point, Cipollina said the jailer stationed outside Kohberger’s cell told him to shut up and calm down, to which he replied, “Come in mother***er. Come here – let’s talk.’
‘ Then he yelled at the top of his voice, ‘Everybody come in. You are afraid of me? you should be afraid of me
“You won’t hurt me because I’ll cut you all open,” he reportedly ranted. “Come into this cell and I’ll show you I’m a creeper. Come into this cell and I’ll cut you open too.’
Kohberger is currently in prison awaiting extradition to Idaho, where he was charged with the murders of college students Kailee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20. All four were stabbed in their beds early in the morning of 11/13
The university where he worked was just over eight miles from the crime scene
Along with Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, Kohberger is also accused of murdering young couple Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, both 20.
All four died in their beds at their home in Moscow in the early hours of November 13 in a murder so brutal that police described the scene to as “the worst we have ever seen”.
A Rambo-style knife was used to carry out the killings, police said, in the six-bedroom rental property where three of the victims live.
The killings – the first in Moscow since 2015 – have sent the small town of 25,000 into shock and police have been desperate for answers.
Kohberger was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary, prosecutor Bill Thompson said. Idaho is a death penalty state. He is scheduled to stand trial again in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
Kohberger’s arrest is the culmination of an investigation that has dragged on for more than a month and has met a barrage of criticism from Moscow police.
Police officers have been criticized for calling the killings “targeted” but refusing to provide any information to explain why.
Sources say authorities knew who they were looking for and hunted the suspect as far away as Pennsylvania in the Pocono Mountains – more than 2,400 miles from Idaho.
NewsNation reported that Kohberger had a calm, blank stare when he was arrested by local police and the FBI on Friday morning.
Kohberger is a graduate student at Washington State University in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and did not attend the University of Idaho. It is not clear if he knew any of the students he allegedly killed.
He graduated from DeSales University in Pennsylvania in May 2022 with a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice.
Kohberger is a graduate student at Washington State University in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and did not attend the University of Idaho. It is not clear if he knew any of the students he allegedly killed
Moscow Police Chief James Fry said Friday officers searched Kohlberger’s office at Washington State University
As part of his research, Kohberger posted a plea for help on social media with his research — which explored how “emotions and psychological traits influence decision-making when committing a crime.”
His sister, Melissa, is a mental health nurse in New Jersey — specializing in “trauma” and “emotion regulation.”
Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson was also seen outside the home alongside investigators, outfitting himself with protective boots before going into Kohberger’s Washington home.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that Kohberger’s DNA was discovered at the scene – with officers managing to track down the owner of the white Hyundai Elantra who was seen in the area of the murders.
Authorities then determined he had left the area and traveled to Pennsylvania, where an FBI surveillance team had been tracking the 6-foot-tall man.
He was under surveillance, with the FBI watching him for four days while investigators from the Moscow Police Department and Idaho State Police worked to obtain a warrant for his arrest.
According to public records, Kohberger has no previous arrests, so it’s unclear how officials obtained his DNA.