Dennis Rader

Demographic Info

The BTK Killer, The BTK Strangler10-14MaleCaucasianUSATerritorialSexual, Sadistic1945/03/09 (Pittsburg, Kansas, USA)n/a


Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next DoorRoy Wenzl, Tim Potter, Hurst Laviana, and L. KellyAmazon, Kindle eBook
BTK Murders, The: Inside the "Bind Torture Kill" Case that Terrified America's HeartlandCarlton SmithAmazon, Kindle eBook
Inside the Mind of BTK: The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial KillerJohn Douglas and Johnny DoddAmazon, Kindle eBook
Nightmare in Wichita: The Hunt for the BTK StranglerRobert BeattieAmazon, Kindle eBook
Unholy Messenger: The Life and Crimes of the BTK Serial KillerStephen SingularAmazon, Kindle eBook,


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BTK KillerAmazon (DVD)
Cold Case Files: Finding BTK
Hunt for the BTK Killer, TheAmazon (DVD)
Most Evil: Attention Seekers (Episode 2x07)
Most Evil: Killer Lies (Episode 1x01)

Dennis Rader was born on March 9, 1945 in Kansas, and was the first born of four boys.

Rader had a fairly normal childhood and at the age of 21, he enlisted in the United States Air Force to serve in Vietnam. After finishing his service with the air force in 1972, he became employed at the Coleman factory, which is where he met his first victims. Six months before his serial series began Rader quit the Coleman factory and began working at ADT Security Systems.

After a murder, Rader would leave notes in library books and write into newspapers or television stations admitting to the murders. In more than one case, when a woman did not come home on time when Rader was waiting, he would send poems, pictures and letters saying how lucky they were to not come home when he was waiting.

Rader began his serial series at the age of 28, and would typically murder young women, with the exception of one family of four. He was found guilty of murdering ten people, but is suspected of killing more. During all of his murders, Rader would cut the phone lines and break into a home. He would then bind the victims, torture them and eventually strangle them to death. Rader would also sometimes use a knife or gun during the murder.

Rader was caught after more than 30 years of killing after he sent a computer disk to KSAS TV station. The police were able to track in back to Rader. He was arrested on February 25, 2005 and pled guilty to the murders on June 27, 2005. He was sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences.

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Victim Studies 023: Dennis Rader

on October 2nd, 2012 in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | No Comments

Denis Rader, otherwise known as The BTK Killer, began his murder series in 1974, at the age of 28, and ended in 1991, in Kansas, United States. In 2005, he was found guilty for the murders of ten people and was sentenced to ten consecutive life terms in prison. Before…

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This Week on “Very Bad Men”

on September 5th, 2012 in Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Two new episodes of Very Bad Men are coming out this Thursday. The first deals with a lesser known serial killer, John Eric Armstrong. As a serial strangler preys on women in Michigan, a task force forms to catch the predator. But the police realize the killer may be closer…

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Episode 060: Interview with Scott Bonn

on March 14th, 2012 in Interviews, Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Unsubs by | 3 Comments

We’re taking a brief break from Pee Wee Gaskins to have our first interview show. Our guest today is Scott Bonn, a criminology professor and expert on serial killers and the media. Doc Bonn and I discussed issues such as serial killer myths, why people are fascinated by serial murder,…

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Victims of Dennis Rader

on January 1st, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Dennis Rader has been charged with the murders of 10 people, but is thought to be involved in fourteen murders. We currently have the information on ten of his known victims. Joseph Otero Joseph, age 35, was strangled to death on January 15, 1974. He was found murdered with the…

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