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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

New Clues in the Wichita BTK Strangler Case

BTK message in Post Toasties cereal box

BTK Message in Post Toasties Cereal Box

Several new developments in the Wichita BTK (Bind-Torture-Kill) Strangler, 30-year-old, serial killer, case happened yesterday. The Wichita Eagle reported:
A local television station (KAKE-TV) and police are lured to "Communication #: 8," a package left beside a dirt road north of the city.

Another BTK package may have surfaced Tuesday (Jan. 25th), when a postcard mailed to a Wichita television station led reporters, and then police, to a suspicious cereal box that was leaning against a road sign near Valley Center.
KAKE.com's website adds:
The postcard sent to the KAKE TV newsroom Tuesday. The return address reads S. Killett 803 N. Edgemoor. That turns out to be the home where the Otero family lived.

On the back of the postcard is detailed information about where to find communication number eight.

We were looking for a Post Toasties cereal box and we soon found it on a rural Sedgwick County road propped up against a sign. The front of the box read BTK.

There were certain writings on the box similar to a package found at Murdock Park in December; writings never before reported.

Investigators were called, and as a detective picked up the postcard at KAKE news, other investigators arrived at the scene. Soon, a Wichita Police helicopter took photos from above. Crime scene technicians searched for evidence around the box.

On the postcard, the writer referred to communication number eight. We know of six communications to date. The writer asked if the 7th communication was ever found. He gave some details about the 7th communication. Police have asked us not to disclose any details, and they will not comment about the package.
Television station KSN contributes even more to the story:
Author Bob Beattie is writing a book about the serial killer. He claims that he saw the postcard and believes certain things stand out.

"One of the victims, Kathryn Bright, was a Valley Center native, although she was living in Wichita at the time of her murder. There are some unsolved murders in the area. Nancy Fox frequented Seneca Street. The night before she was murdered, she bowled at Seneca Bowl. Of all the streets in Wichita he could have left something, he left it on Seneca. Does it mean something or is it meaningless?" asks Beattie.

Beattie says, after he took a close look at the postcard other items came to his attention. The return address -- "S Killett, 803 Edgemoor" -- the home where the Otero family lived, where BTK killed four members of the family.

The postcard also stated 1-8-05 and the word "thanks".

"It’s an anniversary of sorts for his sending a postcard," said Beattie.

Also in the postcard, Beattie says BTK requested the media and police find his 7th communication and stated the postcard was his 8th, meaning no one found the previous letter.
links:
BTK Back: A Message To KAKE [KAKE-TV, Jan. 25, 2005]
Possible package from BTK found [KSN-TV, Jan. 26, 2005]
A new message from BTK? [Wichita Eagle, Jan. 26, 2005]
Unsolved murder case near latest possible BTK package [KSN-TV, Jan. 26, 2005]

Additional pictures of ceral box: pic 1, pic 2, pic 3, pic 4
Pictures of postcard received by KAKE-TV: pic 1, pic 2 (back), pic 3 (return address)
Picture of sign on Seneca between 69th and 77th streets north where a package, allegedly from BTK, was found.

• Also Tom Voigt at the CatchBTK.com website released previously undisclosed details about the BTK's October 1974 letter regarding the Otero family murders. The Johnsville News: BTK (Bind, Torture, & Kill) Strangler Info page was updated to reflect the new information regarding the Otero letter.

Website publishes BTK excerpts [KSN-TV, Jan. 25, 2005]

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