MOSCOW, Idaho – The Pennsylvania man accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November is a doctor of criminal justice. candidate who studied with a leading expert on serial killer Dennis Rader, known as the BTK Killer.
Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was arrested in the Poconos on Friday nearly seven weeks after police claim he broke into the home of a group of sleeping college girls and attacked four of them while they sleep.
The ambush killed 21-year-old best friends Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, along with their roommate, Xana Kernodle, and her boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, both 20. Two other women on the ground floor of the three-story, six-bedroom unit were not attacked.
As part of her previous studies at DeSales University, Kohberger worked under the tutelage of BTK expert Dr. Katherine Ramsland, a fact that shocked the infamous serial killer’s daughter after the news broke. arrest of Kohberger on Friday.
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Rader’s daughter, Kerri Rawson, revealed on Twitter over the weekend that she had a stomach ache when she learned of the connection.
Ramsland is an expert on serial killers and has, or had, both an academic relationship and a friendship with Rader, Rawson says – expressing fears that Kohberger may have been in contact with his father before the crimes.
It’s frustrating being the daughter of someone like that and continually watching what’s going on.
“It’s very common for criminology students in general to write to my dad,” she said. However, she previously cut off all contact with her father and said she had not spoken to Ramsland in several years. “Ramsland would know, but she’s not talking.”
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Kohberger, after earning his master’s degree at DeSales, then sought a doctorate. at the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, a few miles from the house near the University of Idaho where police allege he brutally stabbed four female students on November 13.
After the murders, Kohberger reportedly continued his classes at WSU both in his doctorate. program and as a teaching assistant.
“The suspect is a criminology student, [and] my dad has a degree in criminal justice,” Rawson told Fox News Digital. “And after his first murders, which involved people when he was 28, he enrolled at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. , for criminal justice.”
It was the first connection she made, she said.
“And then one day on Friday I put the Ramsland one up, so that really bothered me,” she added. This is the part that made her stomach churn.
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So far, Ramsland has declined to comment publicly on the matter.
His work on serial killers includes several books such as “The Criminal Mind: A Writer’s Guide to Forensic Psychology” and “Confession of a Serial Killer” co-authored with Rader.
Rader’s daughter also said she sympathizes with those close to Kohberger who may have been unaware of a family member’s alleged wrongdoing – just as she was.
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“It’s a tough place for Kohberger’s family, for the families of the victims; it’s just a horrible, horrible thing,” she told Fox News Digital. “It’s not easy for LE (law enforcement)…It’s frustrating to be someone’s daughter like that and to continually watch what’s going on. Did my dad have a connection to this guy? What was his connection to Ramsland? It’s frustrating.”
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Kohberger was scheduled to appear in Pennsylvania court on Tuesday morning and was to waive his extradition to Idaho, where he faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary with intent to kill.
Through his Pennsylvania public defender, he said he was confident he would be exonerated.