Bryan Kohberger, the man accused of killing four University of Idaho students, studied BTK, according to the daughter of the serial killer. The BTK (Dennis Rader) serial killer is dismissing the notion, advanced by his own daughter, that he has a connection to Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger.

According to TMZ, BTK said Kohberger may have contacted him via Katherine Ramsland, a lecturer at DeSales University.

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Kohberger, a graduate student at Washington State University, had previously studied under Ramsland at DeSales, who is also a well-known true crime novelist and has written a book about the BTK killer.

Kohberger, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student and teaching assistant in Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, was arrested in Pennsylvania on January 5, 2023. Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death in the early hours of November 13 at a Moscow rental home.

In response to his daughter Kerri Rawson’s statement to NN reporter Brian Entin that she was “pretty shocked” there was “potentially a connection to my father,” BTK said “No on Kohberger all around,” as per TMZ.

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Additionally, Rawson stated that she believed Bryan was most likely affected by BTK because he studied under Ramsland. BTK concurred on this point, saying, “I had assumed some one may have studied me.” He also praised the Idaho detectives for apprehending a suspect, i.e. Kohberger.

BTK continued by sharing his personal anguish over not being able to communicate with his family. “My family don’t communicate with me at all. I love them all very much and [would] be happy if one did.”

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Between 1974 and 1991, BTK went on a sadomasochistic, sex-driven killing spree in Wichita, Kansas, where he killed ten individuals. He called himself “Bind, Torture, Kill” and sent mocking messages to the media.

He was finally apprehended in 2005, and after confessing to the killings, he was found guilty. He is currently incarcerated for ten life sentences, one for every murder he committed.