Skip to comments.Wichita Police: 'BTK Is Arrested'
Posted on 02/26/2005 9:34:05 AM PST by stm
WICHITA, Kan. Police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect they believe is the notorious BTK serial killer (search) who terrorized Wichita (search) throughout the 1970s and then resurfaced about a year ago after 25 years of silence.
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Ya well, how come it took so long?
Jonbenet Ramsey was killed in '96 and Denver police are still dragging ass on it.
I always thought BTK had something to do with Burger King.
Bush did it.
Money can "fix" anything.
True. Maybe sometime in 2026 they will solve it.
I hope this is really him. Burn baby burn.
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U.S. National - AP
By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press Writer
WICHITA, Kan. - Police said Saturday they have arrested a man they believe is the notorious BTK serial killer who terrorized Wichita throughout the 1970s and then resurfaced about a year ago after 25 years of silence.
BTK News Bulletins (Wichita Police) BTK Strangler (Wichita Eagle)
"The bottom line: BTK is arrested," Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams said at a news conference in Wichita with some of the victims' family members.
BTK investigator Lt. Ken Landwehr identified the suspect as Dennis Rader, a 59-year-old city worker in nearby Park City, who was arrested Friday at his suburban home.
The BTK killer a self-coined nickname that stands for "Bind, Torture, Kill" had been linked to eight killings committed between 1974 and 1986. Police said Saturday they have attributed two more slayings to BTK, from 1985 and 1991.
No charges had been filed Saturday. Prosecutor Nola Foulston said that while there is no statute of limitations for homicide, the death penalty would not apply to any crime committed before 1994, when the death penalty was introduced in Kansas.
BTK sent letters to media about the crimes in the 1970s, but stopped for more than two decades before re-establishing contact last March with a letter about an unsolved 1986 killing.
Since then, authorities said the killer has sent at least eight letters to the media or police, including three packages containing jewelry that police believed may have been taken from BTK's victims. One letter contained the driver's license of victim Nancy Fox.
The new letters sent chills through Wichita, but also rekindled hope that modern forensic science could find some clue that would finally lead police to a killer most thought was dead or safely locked in prison for some other crime.
Thousands of tips poured in, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation conducted hundreds of DNA swabs in connection with the BTK investigation.
A source with knowledge of the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity said surveillance gave police their "first big piece" of recent evidence, leading authorities to a vehicle and the suspect.
One of the victims newly identified by police, 53-year-old Marine Hedge, lived on Rader's street in Park City. She was abducted from her home in 1985, and her body was found eight days later along a dirt road.
Investigators searched Rader's house Friday and seized computer equipment.
"This has not been an easy task," Wichita Mayor Carlos Mayans said Saturday. "Our fine police department has been, at times, questioned. Their competence was questioned, and their actions were often second-guessed.
"But all the while, these officers were steadfast in their commitment to solve the biggest police case in Wichita's history," Mayans said.
The BTK slayings began in 1974 with the strangulations of Joseph Otero, 38, his wife, Julie, 34, and their two children.
The letters began that same year, with poems and graphic descriptions of the crimes. The killer even called police with details of Nancy Fox's 1977 slaying.
When one of his messages, a poem sent to The Wichita Eagle-Beacon in 1978, was mistakenly routed to the classified ads department, BTK sent a letter to KAKE-TV days later complaining: "How many do I have to kill before I get my name in the paper or some national attention?"
Another letter to the newspaper also underscored BTK's need for recognition.
"How about some name for me, its time: 7 down and many more to go," it read in part. "I like the following. How about you? 'THE B.T.K STRANGLER, 'WICHITA STRANGLER', 'POETIC STRANGLER', 'THE BONDAGE STRANGER' OR 'PSYCHO', 'THE WICHITA HANGMAN', 'THE WICHITA EXECUTIONER,' 'THE GAROTE PHATHOM', 'THE ASPHYXIATER'."
The letters stopped in the late 1970s, but picked up last March, when a letter arrived at The Wichita Eagle with information on an unsolved 1986 killing, a copy of the victim's driver's license and photos of her slain body.
The return address on the letter said it was from Bill Thomas Killman initials BTK. The address appeared to refer to a now-vacant building.
Police have been extremely tight-lipped about the case in the past year.
In December, the arrest of a Wichita resident on minor charges sparked widespread speculation of a possible link to BTK. That man, who had no connection to the case, later filed a defamation lawsuit against media outlets.
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you're confusing him with the BK Big Fish sandwich...
assuming he's transported a dead or live body across state lines somewhere during his crime sprees, wouldn't that make it a federal case and thereby subject to the death penalty irregardless of KS not having the big DP?
I hope so. This freak should be bound and lit on fire.
see how he likes it.
Of course, several Nashville stars had contact with this family, too.
How bout Texas?
Oh no! Here comes Gretta! At least she will have somthing to get her away from michael.
Just ask O.J.
AMW has it up on their website too.
At least get your facts straight. The murder was in Boulder, a world away from Denver.
Hope an arrest wasn't forced by presstitutes and polidiots before they honestly have the real BKT SOB .........this compliance job he had gave him opportunity to wander the neighborhoods an such I suppose. These city compliance weenies are the ones who regulate / enforce how many engine blocks ya can have in one tree aren't they ?
"I can only imagine how the liberal press is going to tie the Christian/love of God theme in with this Radar nutcake."
Their boy, Bubba Clinton toyed with a bible in public, and played around with a cigar in private. (pun)
Please link your findings so we can follow.... thanks.
But that is deliberate because of the wealth and politics of the parents. It's the old Ted Kennedy form of justice.
I'm getting the red x.
It looks like it's a different guy. False alarm!
Different bio than what you are posting...
|Posted on Sat, Feb. 26, 2005|
Who is Dennis Rader?
Dennis L. Rader, 59, has worked as a compliance supervisor for Park City in charge of animal control, nuisances, inoperable vehicles and general code compliance since about 1990.
He grew up in the Park City area and has lived there ever since.
He worked for Coleman in the early 1970s -- as did two of BTK's early victims.
He served in the military during the Vietnam era and worked for years at a home security company in Wichita.
He attended WSU -- long linked to the BTK case -- where he graduated in 1979 with a major in Administration of Justice.
He is married and has grown children.
So, what made his daughter suspicious enough to alert the police and volunteer her DNA?
Did she recognize the necklace police showed some weeks back?
Was she subjected to some form of binding as a child?
Thank you. We got it straight now. These are two different persons. Sure don't want to cause any inconvenience for Dennis Rader is Florida.
Yep two different people.... bios don't match nor do their pictures or work locations.....
Looks like a mild mannered guy just from the photo, same first name as my husband and same religion. Scary that this guy was able to avoid capture all these years. Sure looks like Joe Anybody.
If in fact he did transport them across a state line it could very well become a Fed case. Depending on the strength of the evidence (IIRC there is a DNA match) I would hope they would push for the needle.
I hope Nancy Grace joins in, I think she's a hoot
You're right, my bad!
Greta, Nancy Grace, Nancy Skinner, and Rita Cosby. Yowsers, the ladies will be panting hard to break each new detail!