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The daughter of serial killer Dennis Rader believes that Idaho quadruple-murder suspect could have had contact with her father after 'close' relationship with criminology professor was revealed.
Kerri Rawson, daughter of Rader – who is better known as the BTK killer – said it was 'possible' that there had been letters between her father and Bryan Kohberger.
The 28-year-old was arrested on Friday and charged with four counts of murder and one count of felony burglary.
Kerri Rawson, daughter of Rader – who is better known as the BTK killer – said it was 'possible' that there had been letters between her father and Bryan Kohberger
Bryan Kohberger could have had contact with serial killer BTK after 'close' relationship with a criminology professor was revealed
Graduate PhD student Kohberger had previously studied under a professor in Pennsylvania known for her expertise on serial killers and was studying criminology at Washington State University at the time of the slayings – just minutes from the crime scene.
Rawson told NewsNation she fears that Kohberger could have been in contact with her father, after discovering that he had been taught by Dr Katherine Ramsland while at DeSales University.
Ramsland has declined to comment on the arrest but spent decades researching serial killers and mass murderers – writing both 'The Mind of a Murderer' and 'How to Catch a Killer'.
She is best known for developing a close relationship with serial murderer Dennis Rader – known as BTK.
Rawson said: 'My first reaction was my stomach churned and I literally physically got ill. I've been pretty invested in the Idaho case, and I was shocked to see there was a connection to Ramsland and my father.
'There is potentially a connection to my father, but we're going to have to wait and see. Kohberger could have had communication with my father.
Rawson, pictured with her father, said she was 'shocked' to see how far Kohberger had come in the criminology field
She added that after discovering the connection between Kohberger and Dr Katherine Ramsland she thought there could be a link between BTK and the alleged quadruple killer
Authorities searched his office on the University of Washington Pullman campus, DailyMail.com can reveal
'It's very common for criminal justice students and in general the true crime community or fans to contact my father via mail and occasionally speak on the phone.
'Knowing how personally connected Ramsland is to my father, I would not be surprised if at the very least Kohberger tried to write to him.
'If he has contacted my father there would be letters in his house and in my father's jail cell. It's hard to be the kid of this guy and live with this.
'And then see somebody else go do this and wonder did your dad influence this? Did my dad talk to him?
'Was he studying my father outside of academics? Am I ever going to get answers to that, I don't know.'
Rawson also said she thinks the Kohberger family is 'going through hell' after his arrest, pointing out that there is currently 'no reason to suspect that they knew'.
Investigators have yet to outline a motive in the murders of the four students, but those who knew Kohberger say he had a deep interest in the psychology of criminals
Dennis Rader (left) and Joseph James DeAngelo (right) – known as the Golden State Killer – both had criminology degrees.
The crime took place six weeks ago, 2,500 miles from where Kohberger was arrested. His father flew to meet his son in Washington and drove with him back to their Pennsylvania home
She added that she is 'shocked' at how far Kohberger made it into the criminology field, before comparing him to other major serial killers – including her father.
Dennis Rader (BTK) and Joseph James DeAngelo – known as the Golden State Killer – both had criminology degrees.
Rason added: 'I'm shocked how far he's made it into the criminology field -