Dennis Rader Aka Btk Killer
Dennis Lynn Rader (born March 9, 1945) is an American serial killer known as BTK (an abbreviation he gave himself, for "bind, torture, kill"), the BTK Strangler or the BTK Killer. Between 1974 and 1991, Rader killed ten people in Wichita and Park City, Kansas, and sent taunting letters to police and newspapers describing the details of his crimes. After a decade-long hiatus, Rader resumed sending letters in 2004, leading to his 2005 arrest and subsequent guilty plea. He is serving ten consecutive life sentences at El Dorado Correctional Facility in Prospect Township, Butler County, Kansas.
•Joseph Otero 39, •Julia Maria Otero 33, •Joseph Otero, Jr. 9, •Josephine Otero 11, •Kathryn Doreen Bright 21, •Shirley Ruth Vian Relford 24, •Nancy Jo Fox 25, •Marine Wallace Hedge 53, •Joseph Otero 39, •Vicki Lynn Wegerle 28, •Dolores Earline Johnson Davis 62
Forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland compiled Confession of a Serial Killer from her fiveyear correspondence with Rader. Multiple works draw on the case: •Stephen King has said his novella A Good Marriage, and the film based on it, were inspired by the BTK killer; •Novelist Thomas Harris has said that the character of Francis Dolarhyde in his 1981 novel Red Dragon is partially based on the then-unidentified BTK Killer. •Episode 4 of Season 6 (2004) of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is based on this case. •Episode 15 of Season 1 (2006) of Criminal Minds is based on Rader's murders. •A character based on Rader played by actor Sonny Valicenti appears in the Netflix series Mindhunter. •Kane Hodder Portrays Rader in the 2008 movie B.T.K., the film is a half biopic and half fictionalized account of the murders. •The assassin from the movie The Clovehitch Killer was inspired by Dennis Rader •Thrash metal band Exodus wrote a song entitled "BTK", which was inspired by Dennis Rader's crime history