Regarding Wednesday's subpoena for records identifying six members of a BTK (bind-torture-kill) Strangler message board, the Wichita Eagle today reports:
In at least one virtual community, they became known Thursday as the "suspicious six." They apparently are regular visitors to an Internet site started by The Wichita Eagle after the BTK serial killer emerged after 25 years of silence...
"I'm sure many of us are silently speculating who the 'unlucky 6' are," wrote a poster who uses the screen name Breathtaking...
As it turned out, Breathtaking was not on the list. But RonB1 -- who is known in the real world as Ron Burdick of Cleveland -- was among the six.
"I was blown away," Burdick said Thursday. "I don't know what they could possibly want."
Burdick, who describes himself as a 41-year-old stay-at-home dad, watches three children while his wife works as a financial analyst. He said he has never been to Wichita and doesn't think he has been inside the state of Kansas.
"I drove from Phoenix, Arizona, to Rochester, New York, once," he said. "I think that's about as close as I ever got."
In a virtual community with people known as Husker1, 2real4u and Moondog -- none of whom were mentioned in the subpoena -- RonB1 has emerged as a frequent poster, and he thinks the volume of posts may have landed him on the police list. He said no one who follows the list seems to know what police are interested in.
Wichita police continued Thursday to say nothing about the status of their investigation. District Attorney Nola Foulston, meanwhile, issued a statement that criticized The Eagle for writing about the subpoena and for not mentioning in an article Thursday that the subpoena carried a request that its existence not be disclosed...
Meantime "Breathtaking" who first thought he might be one of the "suspicious six" was a little disappointed he wasn't considered suspicious enough. In part, he wrote:
As it turns out, as those of you who have read today's Eagle now know, I was not one of the six. All that worrying for nothing. And now, strangely, I'm pissed! Now I want to be one of the six! (isn't it a bit strange that the Eagle didn't print the user names that appeared on the subpoena (except Ron B, whom they interviewed), but went out of the way to mention my user name as not being one?) Oh well, it got my 'name' in the papers, huh?!
Good for the Wichita Police in at least requesting that the subpoena not be disclosed. Did the Wichita Eagle need to make the subpoena public? It's nice to have any new information on this 25-year-old cold case. But it now looks like embarrassing the Wichita Police has become standard operating procedure in Wichita. Deputy Barney Fife of the Mayberry Police Department gets more respect than the Wichita P.D. Perhaps the Wichita Chamber of Commerce wants to turn their "Gothic" city into the "Serial Killer Capital," anything to boost business.
What do police want from the 'suspicious six'? [Wichita Eagle, 23-Mar-04]
City should cash in on BTK Hunt [F5 Wichita, Apirl 8, 2004]
profile posted by vanillaflav9 [one of the "suspicious six"?]
Friday, April 23, 2004