The home where four University of Idaho students were murdered has become a gruesome tourist destination as true crime junkies flock to the quaint town.
Visitors stop by the Moscow, Idaho home where they were murdered on November 13th. Cary Gonsalves, Madison her Morgen, both her 21, her roommate Zana her Kernodol, 20, and her boyfriend Ethan her Chapin, 20, were murdered on her November 13th. rice field.
On Sunday morning, Amanda Paget and her daughter rolled by the house in a loaded station wagon. They spent the weekend in Moscow and were on their way home to Spokane, Washington after attending her softball team’s Christmas celebration.
They had listened to true crime podcasts about gruesome stabbings or read about it on the news.
The Idaho home where four students were murdered has become an attraction by saying a woman visited it after hearing about the incident on a podcast.
“We’re just curious,” she said from behind the wheel of the car. “It’s shocking,” she said of the crime. “It’s more real to see with your own eyes.”
But no one knows what will happen to the off-campus home in an unsolved case. Will it be demolished and rebuilt? Commemorating a co-editor? Or clean up and re-rent next semester?
The two men on record as the property’s most recent owners, Scott Parkey and Daniel Esty, remain mothers. Multiple attempts to contact the owner were unsuccessful. Estey told her neighbors that she shouldn’t speak if a journalist approached her.
A private security firm has contracted investigators to monitor the home at 1122 King Road, and police tape surrounds the property.
Party lights still shine at night outside the third-floor room where two students were killed by a vicious killer.
Madison Morgen, 21, top left, Cary Gonsalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, Zana Carnoldle, 20, right at her college home off campus Nov. 13 killed on the day
Moscow police, along with the FBI, continue an ongoing investigation into the deaths of four University of Idaho students.
Dan Esty (left) and Scott Parkey, co-owners of the Idaho Murder Facility in Colorado, must decide whether to tear it down, turn it into a memorial, or clean it up and rent it again.
The house is a physical manifestation of the remains of four stabbings and is beginning to attract true crime freaks with a morbid fascination and belief that they can solve crimes.
Padgett’s daughter, who she doesn’t want to name, wanted to see the house.
“My daughter is in high school and wants to see it because she’s going to college next year,” Padgett said.
“A Ted Bundy type, or a student?” she said, pondering several theories.
Padgett addressed the challenges owners face when renting out the property in the future.
“I don’t want my daughter near this place,” she said.
A private security firm has contracted investigators to monitor the home, and police tape surrounds the property.
“We’re just curious,” said one visitor behind the wheel. “It’s shocking. Seeing it with your own eyes is real.”
Who knows what will happen to the off-campus home in an unsolved case as the owner remains the mother
Police have completed a forensic investigation of the murder scene, taking blood, hair and fingerprint samples, taking photographs, and bagging other items that may hold pieces of DNA leading to the killer. The four students’ belongings were put in a box and taken out of the house.
The stabbing of students in an unsolved case on November 13th has swept the country, forcing local police to solve the case.
The investigation, which involved 48 FBI agents and 28 Idaho state police officers, as well as the local police department, is moving slowly.
The only clue available to the public is a white Hyundai Elantra, built between 2011 and 2013, that was spotted in the area at the time of the murder. Detectives are looking for the driver and passenger they say may have important information about the horrific crime.
And as true crime flourishes in the public imagination, its fans are beginning to flock to sites across the country where only the violent atrocities that take place behind walls are noted.
The Salt Lake City home where serial killer Ted Bundy lived from 1974 to 1975 is a tourist attraction.
Also, the website Morbid Tourism specializes in places like Moscow’s home.
“Articles, podcasts, and photos are very valuable, but they don’t foster the same connection that places do,” says Joules Kruger, who runs the website. “If understanding this life and this world is the goal, then place is the conduit.”
She said trekking to these places in real life honors the dead.
Kruger’s website allows crime buffs to explore the locations of mass murders, kidnappings and shootouts.
On her website, she says she started it in honor of Courtney Scons, a 12-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Rancho Cordova, California in 2000.
Morbid Tourism is a website dedicated to places like Moscow’s home.
Kaylee and Madison’s bodies were found on the top floor of the house. Ethan and Xana were found in her upstairs bedroom.Survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funk slept on the ground floor
Kruger, who was 11 when the crime occurred, said people dedicated the street corner where the sconce was last seen as “Courtney’s Corner.”
“I think about that corner a lot. I don’t live in Rancho Cordova anymore, but I try to drive past Courtney’s Corner whenever I’m in town. What usually happens?” There are still candles and ribbons left by those who still remember Taka, but the pile of teddy bears has long since disappeared.
Do people remember what happened here? Do people who moved into the neighborhood long after the news story went off the air know about Kourtney?” she wrote on her website. “It should. Kourtney deserves to be remembered for her and people should know about her corner.”
Other locations in Idaho that can be found on the Morbid Tourism website include Ruby Ridge. In Ruby Ridge, Doomsday preparations for Randy Weaver and his family find themselves in a deadly confrontation with federal law enforcement.
It also features the Coeur D’Alene family of Wolf Lodge Murders, where three members of the family were killed by serial sex offender Joseph Duncan III, who kidnapped an eight-year-old girl and a nine-year-old boy from the house. .
The boy was also eventually killed.
The Wolf Lodge land was purchased by the State of Idaho for wetland conservation and the home was demolished.
Police piled up all the personal effects they no longer needed for evidence and took them to a U-Haul driven by the police chief himself.
Officials say the DNA may have been present on various surfaces at the scene, and forensic teams are currently analyzing the specimens through state and local databases.
Two-and-a-half hours north of Kansas City, this two-story house in Billiska, Iowa, has become a mecca for crime buffs and paranormal enthusiasts. This is where J.B. Moore, his wife, and their six children were murdered with an ax in their bed on June 10, 1912. The crime is still unsolved 110 years after his death.
The home’s owners turned it into a tourist attraction and it is now listed on the Iowa State Register of Historic Places. For $428 a night, 6 people can sleep in the house with sleeping bags.
“I don’t know why people come,” said Martha Lynn, the home’s owner. “If it were just weird people with tattoos and piercings, that would be fine, but it’s not. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, students. A lot of nurses came to Nebraska. , there are social studies courses that study and take root in this crime.
The house in Fall River, Massachusetts where Lizzie Borden murdered her parents with an ax in 1892 is now a bed and breakfast.
Padgett, who had just driven by to see the house where the crime took place, said he hoped the house in Moscow would become a memorial rather than a tourist attraction.
“Yeah,” she said. “It seems a little vulgar.”