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Friday, February 25, 2005

Beginning of the end: Did they finally catch BTK?

hunt for the Wichita BTK serial killerPolice took a "person of interest" into custody today in connection with the BTK (Bind-Torture-Kill) Wichita Strangler case. Internet message boards are reporting that his name is Dennis Rader. He lives in Park City, Kansas (6 miles north of Wichita) near the intersection of I-135 and 61st Street North, at 6220 N. Independence St.

Dennis L. Rader: BTK serial killer
Dennis L. Rader
KAKE-TV reports the "person of interest" being questioned in connection with the BTK case is 59-years-old. Wichita State University records show he graduated in 1979 with a degree in Administration of Justice.

Fox News reports: "Authorities considered him a person of interest in the 1980s, but did not resume investigating him until recently. He is married and 59 year old."

Internet message boards reported the following (unconfirmed information about Mr. Rader):
-"POI has 2 children, male & female, ages 29 and 26, respectively. DOB's 7/75 and 6/78. His wife would have been 3 months pregnant with the girl at the time of Nancy Fox's murder. His wife is 56 y.o."

-POI, he was born March 9. 1945. He married May 22, 1971. His son's name is Brian and his daughter's name is Kerri and his wife's maid name is Paula Dietz

-Dennis Rader's middle name is Lynn
If the suspect does live on N. Independence St. he lived just doors away from murder victim Marine N. Hedge. On April 27, 1985 Marine N. Hedge was abducted from her home at 6254 Independence in Park City. Her body was found .2 miles east of Webb Road on 53rd Street North on May 5, 1985. Although her hands weren't tied, a knotted pair of pantyhose was found nearby. An autopsy showed that Hedge was strangled. The BTK never publicly claimed credit for her murder.

John Walsh, host of the television show, America's Most Wanted, told Larry King on CNN tonight that he is 99% sure that the police have the right man.

A news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) Saturday, to be attended by police officials, the district attorney, Wichita's mayor and City Council members, the mayor's office said.

Internet information about Mr. Rader:
Sources: 'Person of interest' questioned in BTK case [CNN, Feb. 25, 2005]
'Person Of Interest' In BTK Case [CBS News, Feb. 25, 2005]
‘Person of interest’ questioned in BTK killings [MSNBC, Feb. 25, 2005]
Mayor announces BTK news conference [Wichita Eagle, Feb. 25, 2005]
Marine N. Hedge Cold Case [Sedgwickcounty Sheriff]
Map of Area [Park City, KS]
BTK (Bind, Torture, & Kill) Strangler Info [TJN]

updated: Feb. 28, 2005
Dennis L. Rader arrested as Wichita BTK Serial Killer [TJN]

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