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MOSCOW, IDAHO - JANUARY 05: Bryan Kohberger listens during a hearing in Latah County District Court on January 5, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho. Kohberger has been arrested for the murders of four University of Idaho students in November 2022. (Photo by Ted S. Warren - Pool/Getty Images)
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After the arrest of Bryan Kohberger in connection with the stabbing murders of four University of Idaho college students, disturbing details emerged about the 28-year-old suspect's personal interests and past behavior. These included an alleged connection to the serial killer who, as of this writing, is sentenced to life behind bars for the murder of 10 people.
While studying under forensic psychologist and author Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Kohberger may have been inspired by Dennis Radar, better known as the BTK Killer for his method of murdering his victims: "bind, torture, kill." In her career, Ramsland, who in 2016 wrote "Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer," also interacted with Rader.
Given his criminology studies, Kohberger was likely well-informed about the crimes of Radar. Although Rader's daughter, Kerri Rawson, could not confirm that Kohberger had corresponded with her father, she tweeted after his arrest, "I have ongoing concerns, knowing how common it is for criminology students, true crime fans, and others to
correspond regularly with my father."