Idaho murders victims' roommate Dylan Mortensen is 'isolating herself' but ... trends now
A surviving roommate of the Idaho murders victims, Dylan Mortensen, is reportedly 'isolating herself' after experiencing brutal 'dogpiling' on social media since the quadruple homicide in November.
New details have emerged about the wellbeing of the 21-year-old roommate who was in the house on the night of the brutal massacre and told police she witnessed a man walk past her bedroom after he had killed her friends.
Author and private investigator, J. Reuben Appelman is the only reporter to speak with the father of Mortensen, one of only two survivors from the University murder house.
'In the beginning weeks after those homicides, she was basically dogpiled on on social media,' he said in an interview with Ashleigh Banfield to discuss his new book, While Idaho Slept.
Vile web sleuths had accused Mortensen of being involved with the crimes, while others called her a drug dealer, among other names, he added.
A surviving roommate of the Idaho murders victims, Dylan Mortensen, is reportedly 'isolating herself' after experiencing brutal 'dogpiling' on social media since the quadruple homicide in November
Pictured: Bryan Kohberger, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022, at Latah County District Court on Sept. 13, in Moscow, Idaho. Mortensen saw Khoberger the night of the murders and described him as 'clad in black clothing and a mask' with bushy eyebrows
'This was part of the trauma that she experienced,' he said. 'Dylan herself has retreated from the public eye, very few people see her.'
Mortensen's father expressed heartache over his daughter suffering from brutal cyberbullies after the trauma she experienced from surviving the November massacre.
But Mortensen's father told Appelman that his daughter is in the process of healing, despite being hounded by bullies.
'She is in trauma therapy of sorts, she's getting help from the spiritual community,' he said to Banfield. 'Isolating herself but she is stepping out a little at a time, she is gaming online with peers in group gaming session.'
'She's doing what she can without going into public,' he added.
Mortensen and Bethany Funke, also 19, both survived the November 13 bloodbath but lost three of their roommates – Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, in the vicious attack. Xana's boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 21, was also murdered.
Bryan Kohberger, 28, a PhD student at Washington State University, was charged with the four murders and a charge of burglary. Idaho is a death penalty state.
Author and private investigator, J. Reuben Appelman appeared in an interview with Ashleigh Banfield to discuss his new book, While Idaho Slept
Appelman said a childhood friend of Kohberger said he was mercilessly and relentlessly bullied and listened to screamo music through earbuds to block out the taunting
Initial details from an affidavit released in January said that Mortensen opened her door to find a man 'clad in black clothing and a mask' with bushy eyebrows.
In the affidavit, police described how Mortensen froze in fear early on November 13 after spotting the killer, having opened her bedroom door after hearing noises in the six-bedroom rental home.
The witness is described as standing in a 'frozen shock phase' as the man walked toward the house's back door before she locked herself in her room.
She had opened the door twice before – once after hearing Kaylee say someone was in the house and again after the sound of crying came from Xana's bedroom.
The teen told police she had locked herself in her second-floor bedroom after the encounter with the killer who was wearing a ski mask at the time but didn't dial 911.
Police weren't called to the scene until 11:58am – seven and a half hours after the