Idaho murders survivor didn't call police as she was 'paralysed by fear'

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Idaho murders survivor didn
Idaho murders survivor didn't call police as she was 'paralysed by fear'

One of the survivors of the University of Idaho murders didn't call police after coming face-to-face with the suspect because she was "paralysed by fear", it is claimed.

The bodies of students Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, and Xana Kernodle, 20, were found stabbed to death in their beds. 

Suspect Bryan Kohberger, 28, a criminology PhD student at Washington State University, allegedly came into contact with a roommate  before she locked herself in her bedroom, according to his affidavit.

It is believed the roommate saw Kohberger just before 4.20am on November 13 after he allegedly killed her roommates.

She heard someone crying from Kernodle's room which is when she opened her bedroom door and saw the suspect looking directly at her.

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Idaho murders survivor didn't call police as she was 'paralysed by fear'Bryan Kohberger looks toward his attorney, public defender Anne Taylor, right, during the hearing (Getty Images)

According to Kohberger's affidavit: "[The roommate] saw a figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person's mouth and nose walking towards her.

"The male walked past [the roommate] as she stood in a ‘frozen shock phase.’"

Dr. Katherine Kuhlman, a police and public safety psychologist in Arizona, believes the girl would have experienced "fight, flight or freeze" emotions when she encountered the suspect.

She told Fox News: "When a person goes through trauma, they are going to experience fight, flight or freeze.

Idaho murders survivor didn't call police as she was 'paralysed by fear'Kohberger has been arrested on suspicion of first degree murder of four University of Idaho students (Monroe County PA Correctional Fa/ZUMA Press Wire Service/REX/Shutterstock)

"Most people in their entire lives won't have to deal with this type of trauma and won't mentally prepare for it."

The roommate told police the suspect had "bushy eyebrows" and walked past her as he left through the sliding glass doors on the second floor.

She woke up at 4am by a noise which she thought was Goncalves playing with her dog but heard her say "there's someone here", according to the affidavit.

As the suspect left it wasn't until nearly eight hours later that one of the roommates contacted 911 after reporting an unconscious person at the scene.

Cops have not revealed who placed the call.

Dr Kuhlman believes the roommate would not have identified the clues that she was in a crisis situation.

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She said: "Trauma becomes more difficult to process when it's something that is so far outside of our consciousness, it doesn't seem to make sense to us.

Idaho murders survivor didn't call police as she was 'paralysed by fear'Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were found stabbed to death in their beds (ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock)

"In this case, no one ever thinks they're going to have this man come into their home and brutally stab their roommates."

Mary Ellen O'Toole, a retired FBI behavioural profiler, said the roommates instinct to go back into her room and lock herself in "probably saved her life."

She believes if the roommate went to upstairs to see what was happening she could have been the fifth victim.

She added: "She was probably scared beyond belief. She chose to hide in her room, and it probably saved her life."

As the attack happened the other surviving roommate slept through the brutal murders.

Liam Buckler

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