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Handling Of A College Murder-Suicide

Ernesto A. Bustamante was a successful young psychology professor, known simply as "E" to a close following of graduate students at the University of Idaho who marveled at his intellect and valued his advice about their careers as well as their personal lives. Kathryn Benoit was one of many students who gravitated toward Mr. Bustamante. She enrolled in one of his classes last fall, and by the end of the semester she had not only joined his research laboratory and made him her graduate adviser, but had also begun sleeping with him. Their tumultuous relationship, however, soon began to fray. Ms. Benoit, who was 22, filed a complaint with the university in the summer, accusing Mr. Bustamante of sexual harassment and of threatening her life with a loaded gun. By the beginning of this semester, both the graduate student and the assistant professor were dead/Robin Wilson, of Moscow, The Chronicle of Higher Education. More here. (AP file photo: Andy Benoit speaks at his sister Katy Benoit's memorial service at Boise High School Aug. 30)

DFO: Writer Robin Wilson provides an in-depth look into the murder-suicide involving a University of Idaho instructor and graduate student Katy Benoit.


D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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