BTK killer would consider Idaho suspect Bryan Kohberger a ‘soft loser’ after a connection between two men, criminologist says

A criminologist exclusively revealed this to The US Sun that Bryan Kohberger would be considered a loser by the notorious serial killer he is associated with.

Investigative criminologist and leading true crime writer Christopher Berry Dee has published a number of books that offer insight into the minds of serial killers.

Christopher Berry-Dee has been researching the dark minds of serial killers for decades


Christopher Berry-Dee has been researching the dark minds of serial killers for decades
Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, denies having any contact with Kohberger


Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, denies having any contact with KohbergerPhoto credit: AFP-Getty

He has faced some of the most notorious killers and now turns his attention to the accused Idaho killer.

Kohberger, 28, has been charged with the murders of University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, who were fatally stabbed in November 2022.

Last month, the daughter of notorious serial killer BTK, also known as Dennis Rader, told FoxNews how she believes there is a connection between her father and Kohberger.

“It’s very common for people in the public sphere, or especially criminology students, to correspond with my father through letters and sometimes over the phone,” Rader’s daughter, Kerri Rawson, said FoxNews.

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Aside from that, the two were also tutored by and worked with the same serial killer expert.

Kohberger received his master’s degree in criminal justice from DeSales University, where he studied forensic psychology with Professor Katherine Ramsland, a noted serial killer expert who has written several books.

Ramsland worked with Rader on his autobiography.

“Since Dr. Ramslin had a longstanding academic, intimate relationship with my father and a personal friendship, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kohbereger at least attempted to contact my father or had contact,” Rawson said.

She added, “We have no evidence of this, but we would have to see the letters at Kohberger’s home or in my father’s jail cell.”

In an interview, Rader said he identified with Kohberger, but said he never spoke to the former graduate student.

Berry Dee called connections with Professor Katherine Ramsland “tense” but noted that “it is not uncommon for students or even professors of criminology to correspond with convicted serial killers”.

He added, “I would say the same thing about Dennis Lyn Rader aka ‘BTK’ — it’s all speculative nonsense.”

“There is absolutely no evidence that Kohberger wanted BTK as a role model or emulated BTK’s crimes.”

The criminologist said it was not incomprehensible that Kohberger, out of curiosity and student interest, wanted to know how BTK got away with his crimes.

Berry Dee concluded that if Rader had been in contact with Kohberger, he would consider him a “weak-willed loser.”

The author said, “Having studied Rader’s psychopathology in depth, I would say that the intensely egocentric ‘master serial killer’ Rader would look down on the weak-willed loser Kohberger as a lightweight in the grand scheme” and view him as a loser because he was arrested so quickly.

Rader is serving a life sentence for murdering 10 people over the course of two decades prior to his 2005 arrest.

The criminologist previously told The US Sun that Kohberger has a “serious character flaw” that could point to a possible motive.

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He called Kohberger “an extreme narcissist with an inflated ego.”

Kohberger’s trial date is set for October and he has denied all allegations against him.

Bryan Kohberger is accused of killing four University of Idaho students


Bryan Kohberger is accused of killing four University of Idaho studentsPhoto credit: Reuters
Kohberger denies all allegations against him


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