Dennis Rader also known as BTK (BIND TORTURE KILL), BTK Strangler, and BTK Killer is perhaps one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. He murdered 10 in Kansas between the years of 1974 and 1991, eluding and taunting the police the entire time. He loved to send letter under aliases with fake addresses to police, local news outlets, and media describing the details of his kills during the interval when the murders happened.
Nobody would have suspected Rader. He was a family man, married with two children. He was a Cub Scout Leader. He attended Christ Lutheran Church and had been elected president of the church council. He even worked for a security company at some point. He was even a dogcatcher and compliance officer in Park City. Everything about him seemed normal. Little did anyone know, as a child he tortured animals. His sexual fantasies included bondage and dressing in womens underwear. He even stole the underwear of his female victims, staged scenarios, and took pictures of himself in bondage and female clothing.
He killed 4 members of the Otero family in 1974, their ages ranging from 38 to 9. The same year he took the life of 21 year old Kathryn Bright. He didn't kill again until 1977, when he took the lives of 24 year old Shirley Vian and 25 year old Nancy Fox. Little did the authorities know, he stalked and kept a close eye on his victims before making his move.
He didn't kill again until 1985 when he took the life of 53 year old Marine Hedge. In 1986 he took the life of 28 year old Vicki Wegerle. His final victim was 62 year old Dolores Davis, whom he killed in 1991. After that, the murders stopped. So by 2004, the BTK case went cold. For some reason, BTK felt the need to again contact local news. He sent the Witchita Eagle a letter using the name Bill Thomas Killman, obviously the first letter of each name ended up spelling BTK. He even included a copy of Vicki Wegerles license which had been stolen when she was murdered. BTK was back. He continued to taunt police and the local news. His fatal mistake was sending them a floppy disk, not realizing it could be traced back to the source. It was traced right back to the computer of his church. The metadata on the disk not only contained the name of his church, but the person to last modify it...Dennis. He was arrested February 25, 2005 outside of his home.
While he apologized for his crimes, he was completely emotionless. He did not deny any of them and was sentenced to serve 10 consecutive life sentences. His family was shocked and his wife divorced him immediately and his children cut ties with him. While Rader remains calm and kind in some ways, he loves any attention he gets to this day.
This is a poem Rader had written and had one of his fans type out for him. He has initialed it D.L.R. On the back he has drawn a little colored design. Very few of these were made, making this one quite rare.