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The BTK Serial Killer

Background and Latest Developments


The BTK Strangler claimed credit for a series of seven murders in Wichita, Kansas in the early 1970s, then seemingly disappeared in 1977, and resurfaced again in March 2004 to claim responsibility for an eighth murder in 1986. BTK, which stands for "Bind, Torture, Kill," is the name the killer gave himself in communications with the news media and police.

Latest Developments

BTK's Wife Wants Proceeds From House Sale
Aug. 26, 2005

BTK Moves Out of Wichita's Sight and Mind
Aug. 22, 2005

BTK Killer Dennis Rader Gets 175 Years
Aug. 8, 2005
Dennis Raderwas sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences, a minimum of 175 years without the possibility of parole, the maximum sentenced allowed by law.

Previous Updates

BTK's Wife Granted Emergency Divorce
July 26, 2005
The woman who lived with the BTK serial killer for more than 30 years was granted an immediate emergency divorce from the confessed murderer on the same day that she filed papers.

Exotic Dance Club Owner Buys BTK's House at Auction
July 12, 2005
A woman who is known in Kansas for her late-night television commercials advertising her exotic dance club, paid $90,000 for the home where Dennis Rader lived and raised a family.

BTK: The Devil Made Me Do It
July 7, 2005
In his first interview since pleading guilty to 10 counts of murder, Dennis Rader blames a "demon" that got inside him at an early age for the murders that terrorized the Wichita area for three decades.

Court Transcript of BTK's Confession
June 27, 2005
Here is the complete transcript of the BTK serial killer's courtroom confession.

Dennis Rader Pleads Guilty to BTK Murders
June 27, 2005
Dennis Rader pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder then calmly told the court the chilling details of the "Bind, Torture, Kill" slayings.

BTK Trial Scheduled Monday, But Where's the Jury?
June 22, 2005
The trial of Dennis Rade is scheduled to begin Monday, but none of the preparations to ensure that a jury pool is ready have begun, according to court observers.

No Plea Deal for Accused BTK Killer
May 3, 3005
Wichita prosecutors said they will not consider a plea bargain for Dennis Rader, the man accused of being the BTK serial killer who terrorized the community with a series of murders in the 1970s.

BTK Suspect Waves Preliminary Hearing
April 19, 2005
Dennis Rader waived his right to a preliminary hearing that was scheduled today, which is generally considered an acknowledgment that the prosecution has enough evidence to proceed to trial.

BTK Secret Revealed After 30 Years
March 7, 2005
After more than 30 years, a clue in the BTK serial killer investigation, and one of the secrets most closely guarded by authorities, has finally come to light -- the distinctive way the killer signed some of his communications to the press and police.

BTK Serial Killer 'Hid in Plain Sight'
Feb. 28, 2005
The man arrested for the BTK serial murders evaded detection for more than three decades by "hiding in plain sight" in his community -- as a city employee, a cub scout leader, and an active member of his church.

Police Say BTK Killer Has Been Arrested
Feb. 26, 2005
Wichita Police Norman Williams said investigators have made an arrest in the BTK serial killer case after taking into custody an employee of near by Park City, Kansas in a routine traffic stop -- bringing to an end a era of terror for the Wichita community which lasted more than 30 years.

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