|The BTK Killer, The BTK Strangler||10-14||Male||Caucasian||USA||Territorial||Sexual, Sadistic||1945/03/09 (Pittsburg, Kansas, USA)||n/a|
|Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door||Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter, Hurst Laviana, and L. Kelly||Amazon, Kindle eBook|
|BTK Murders, The: Inside the "Bind Torture Kill" Case that Terrified America's Heartland||Carlton Smith||Amazon, Kindle eBook|
|Inside the Mind of BTK: The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer||John Douglas and Johnny Dodd||Amazon, Kindle eBook|
|Nightmare in Wichita: The Hunt for the BTK Strangler||Robert Beattie||Amazon, Kindle eBook|
|Unholy Messenger: The Life and Crimes of the BTK Serial Killer||Stephen Singular||Amazon, Kindle eBook, Audible.com|
|B.T.K.||Amazon (DVD), Amazon (Video on Demand)|
|BTK Killer||Amazon (DVD)|
|Cold Case Files: Finding BTK|
|Hunt for the BTK Killer, The||Amazon (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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