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 January 5, 2023

Link established between alleged Idaho college student killer and the BTK serial killer

According to the daughter of Dennis Rader, the infamous BTK serial killer, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Bryan Kohberger, the 28-year-old man accused of killing four Idaho college students, had contact with Rader prior to the killings. 

Kerri Rawson, Rader's daughter, made the suggestion during a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel's America Newsroom. 

"It's really common in general for people in the public or criminology students especially to correspond with my father via letters and sometimes talk to him on the phone," Rawson said.

Thus far, Kohberger has not been convicted of anything. He has only been accused of the Nov. 13 murders of Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20.

The authorities have revealed that DNA evidence played a crucial role in linking Kohberger to the murders. Kohberger also has a White Elantra, which is the type of car that authorities have been looking for in connection with the murders.

Other than these two things, though, it is not clear what evidence investigators have on Kohberger. Authorities have stated that their investigation continues.

Kohberger, for his part, has said that he "is eager to be exonerated."

Since his arrest, more and more information has been learned about Kohberger.

One such piece of information is that Kohberger has been a criminology Ph.D. student at Washington State University, which is located about 7 miles away from the crime scene. Before this, Kohberger obtained his master's degree at DeSales University, and this is where the connection to Rader comes from.

It turns out that Kohberger studied at DeSales under Dr. Katherine Ramsland, and Ramsland is a known expert on Rader. So, the question many are now asking is whether Kohberger could have had contact with Rader, and Rader's daughter believes that it's possible.

"Since Dr. Ramsland had a long-term, several years academic, intimate relationship with my father and a personal friendship, I wouldn't be surprised if Kohberger tried to contact my father or had contact," Rawson said.

She added, however, "at this point, we don't have proof of it. We would need to see letters either at Kohberger's home or in my father's jail cell."

Authorities have yet to reveal whether such letters have been found.

After his recent arrest at his parent's house in Pennsylvania - to which he made a cross-country trip with his father following the close of the school semester - Kohberger has waived his extradition hearing and is now being transported back to Idaho, where he will be tried for the murders.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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