Homicide of Nikki Kuhnhausen by David Bogdanov examined on 48 Hours on ID

48 Hours on ID is investigating the brutal homicide of transgender teen Nikki Kuhnhausen, who was murdered by David Bogdanov in Vancouver, Washington.

In June 2019, 17-year-old Kuhnhausen met up with 25-year-old Bogdanov shortly after the pair had messaged one another on Snapchat. She was by no means seen alive once more.

Kuhnhausen remained lacking for six months till a hiker found her stays had been dumped down the aspect of Larch Mountain.

The police had already questioned Bogdanov in regards to the night time Kuhnhausen disappeared. The killer stated they’d had a romantic encounter at the back of his automotive however that he had been “shocked” to find she was transgender.

Bogdanov advised the cops he was “shocked to seek out that out. And simply uncomfortable and actually, actually disturbed,” so he ordered Kuhnhausen out of his automotive and by no means noticed her once more.

Nevertheless, a few months later, cellphone information positioned Bogdanov at Larch Mountain on the night time Kuhnhausen was killed.

David Bogdanov claimed self -defense in Nikki Kuhnhausen killing

All of a sudden, Bogdanov modified his story, he admitted to strangling Kuhnhausen with a cellphone cable charger however, extremely, tried to assert it was self-defense. He claimed he had wrapped the cable round her shoulder to stop her from reaching a gun he had stowed within the driver’s seat.

After killing Kuhnhausen, the killer stated he panicked and dumped her physique on the aspect of Larch Mountain. He then took a one-way flight to Ukraine, the place he stayed for six weeks. Within the meantime, he requested a pal to do away with his automotive.

Bogdanov was finally discovered responsible of homicide and of committing a hate crime. He was sentenced to only over 19 years, the utmost sentence allowed.

In 2020, Washington state handed a brand new regulation referred to as the Nikki Kuhnhausen Act; this regulation forbids defendants from utilizing the shock of sexual orientation or sexual identification as a protection for committing acts of violence.

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