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Tuesday, August 2, 2005

The BTK Serial Killer Pleads Guilty

  • On June 27, 2005, Dennis L. Rader the Wichita BTK (Bind-Torture-Kill) serial killer (or strangler) plead guilty to ten murders. He very calmly and coldly described in detail the killings. He made no apologies. He will be sentenced on August 17, 2005.

    Rader's confession video online (in RealMedia format) [courtesy KWCH-TV]
    Rader's testimony (written transcript) [kansas.com, June 28, 2005]

  • Larry Hatteberg interviewed Dennis Rader soon after his guilty plea:
    So does Rader have any remorse over the killings?

    "Yes, I do."

    But with that admission, he changes the subject and says,

    "Very compartmentalized. I can wear many hats; I can switch gears very rapidly. I can become emotionally involved. Be cold at it. Maybe that is something I will finally figure out, if I ever figure it out. It's history."

    I asked what he would say to the victims families.

    "I had mentioned earlier, I have a lot of remorse, I feel very sorry for them. I know that is something I wouldn't want to have happen to my family. I look in Mr. Fox's eyes, I saw him on TV once, and I see the tears in his eyes, I feel for him. I feel for them. I know they won't understand that, but I do."

    In the Otero murders, four members of Joseph Otero's family died including two children: Josephine and Joseph Otero Jr. I asked, how he could kill children, especially when he had kids of his own.

    "That's a very hard question. I think in the long run, it was a sexual fantasy, the children."

    Then he said he committed that crime more towards the adults than the children. He says the children just happened to be there.

    BTK: The Search For Answers [KAKE-TV, Jul 6, 2005]

  • Rader will go to prison at The El Dorado Correctional facility, which will be his home until he dies. About prison, Rader said, "It can't be that bad." He referred to it as the “old soldiers home.” Rader added that in the Sedgwick County Jail so far, he has learned how to rob a bank and start a fire; he referred to it as “crime 101.”

    More Details About BTK [KAKE-TV, Jul 7, 2005]

  • The suburban, Park City, Kansas, house where Dennis Rader quietly raised his family while terrorizing Wichita as the BTK serial killer was sold at auction on Monday, July 11, 2004, for $90,000 -- $33,000 more than the appraised value ($56,700).

    The winning bidder was a Derby, Kansas, exotic-dance-club owner, Michelle Borin, a woman familiar to Wichitans from her late-night Michelle's Beach House commercials.

    Boren said she only hoped that all the proceeds would go to Rader's wife and two grown children.

    Rader's house sells for $90,000 [kansas.com, July 12, 2005]

  • David Bennett was running from Park City, Kansas, police on a cold night in November 2004 when he hid in Dennis Rader's backyard shed. This is before Rader was at BTK suspect. He recently talked about what he found.

    Man Talks About Strange Things Found In Dennis Rader’s Shed [kake.com, July 14, 2005]

  • Dennis Rader's description of his crimes -- in letters to police that have just been released to reporters -- was far uglier than the emotionless account he gave in court last month.

    A letter detailing how BTK killed his first four victims portrays a family in terror.

    BTK describes his own crimes [kansas.com, July 16, 2005]

  • A 38-year-old woman, Kristin Casarona, of Topeka, Kansas has befriended the BTK serial killer, Dennis Rader, discussing faith and family with him in letters and visits.

    Topekan sees Rader differently [FortWayne.com, June 24, 2005]

  • Paula Rader has been granted an emergency divorce from Dennis Rader, the admitted BTK serial killer.

    BTK's wife gets emergency divorce [Kansas.com, July 26, 2005]
    Paula E. Rader Divorce Decree (pdf) [kansas.com, July 26, 2005]
    photo of Paula Rader - Charter Member Christ Lutheran

  • Confessed serial killer Dennis Rader will represent himself in a series of wrongful death lawsuits filed against him by several relatives of his 10 murder victims.

    Rader asks to be his own lawyer [kansas.com, Jul 29, 2005]
    Rader files to represent himself (.pdf) [kansas.com]

    links:
    BTK (Bind, Torture, & Kill) Strangler Info [TJN]
    Dennis L. Rader arrested as Wichita BTK Serial Killer [TJN]

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