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Police Contradict Themselves in ID Student Killings Case, Causing Stress

It's been three weeks since four students at the University of Idaho were fatally stabbed in their sleep. In the time since the brutal slayings, it seems more questions have risen than answers. The tragic case in Moscow, Id., has cast a spotlight on the small college town of about 26,000. The town has been swarmed by local, state and federal officers as well as the national media as questions swirl about who could be responsible for the Nov. 13 slayings, the location of the murder weapon and why the investigation appears at a standstill, USA Today reports. There have been questions about how many people were in the house at the time of the stabbings: Six supposedly, the three female roommates and a boyfriend who were killed, and two roommates who survived. Police said there may be another female roommate who wasn't at home when the stabbings occurred.

Steve Goncalves, one of the victims' father, said his family remains frustrated by the authorities' lack of transparency, their mixed messages and continuous confusion that has them pleading to the public for answers. "These guys are professionals. They sat in a room and this is what they came out with?" Goncalves continued. "They keep coming out with statements that create more questions than they answer. And then that creates a pressure." That is a major burden for authorities, especially when the public's questions aren't being answered, said Carole Lieberman, a forensic psychiatrist.  "I think a lot of people are feeling frustrated with how they are handling this," said Lieberman about law enforcement's perceived lack of information. "From the very beginning, they have been giving different stories. They say something and then walk it back. That's not acceptable."


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